Our network

German family living in TN denied asylum based on homeschooling

A German family living in Morristown is denied asylum in the United States.

The Romeike family came to the US from Germany in 2008, after they say they were criminally prosecuted for homeschooling their children.

A judge granted them asylum in 2010, but the decision was over turned by the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2012.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to uphold the appeal this week.

The court said that the Romeikes had not made a sufficient case that persecution related to homeschooling fits within the US laws on asylum.

Community Sponsors

Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?

Son charged with 2nd degree murder in death of Morristown father

Update 9:09 a.m. Wednesday

Prosecutor defends homicide plea deal for Dan Ford

A former Cocke County official remained in jail on Tuesday, just one day after he pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.  The talk of the town was how the convicted man would be out of jail by Thursday after only being sentenced to two days behind bars.

The plea agreement for Dan Ford outraged coworkers and friends of victim Katelin Richardson.  Ford was driving drunk the night of July 12, 2011, when he crashed into Richardson on a rural Cocke County road.

Kickin' bass with DelVisco

(WBIR-Dandridge)  There is nothing like having to hang out in the lake for a few hours. Well, unless the Pro bass Angler isn't getting a bite.

I also learned from Mike DelVisco that fish can actually be moody. We actually watched a fish turn his nares up at us while on his bass bed. Seriously, I learned more about fishing than any class could have probably taught me.

Community Sponsors

Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?

Two East TN natives honored for their role in saving 5-year-old boy

(WBIR-Knoxville) Two East Tennessee natives who now work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are among the finalists for one of the highest honors given to civilian federal employees.

Stephen Richardson, Special Agent in Charge for the FBI's Mobile Division, led the team helped rescue a 5-year-old Alabama boy after he was kidnapped from a school bus and held hostage by an armed killer. 

Cocke Co. official reports to jail after killing woman with truck

A man who has served as Cocke County election commissioner will only spend 48 hours in jail after he struck and killed a woman riding a bicycle with his truck in the summer of 2011.

Special Prosecutor Al Schmutzer told 10News Dan Ford pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide by reason of recklessness. He also pleaded guilty to DUI first offense.

Ford will not serve any prison time, but will serve the two days in jail for DUI. He also received five years of supervised probation, 800 hours of community service, and his license is suspended for three years.

Morristown honors fallen police officers

People in Morristown spent Monday remembering officers who never made it home.

In Tennessee, the Officer Down Memorial Page reports 577 fallen officers, but in Morristown and Hamblen County, there's been only one recorded death of an officer, which happened in 1942.

Residents recognize that officers risk their lives every day for the safety of others.