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Top 5 things to know in East Tennessee Tuesday

1) Loudon Police are investigating the death of a man after he was hit by a train. Just before 11:30 Monday night, police say 34-year-old Kenneth Shea was walking along the railroad tracks at Highland Avenue when he was stuck and killed by a Norfolk Southern train. At the time of this posting, police say they do not know why Shea was walking along the tracks.

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Jefferson Co. HS building ready to reopen after collapse

The scene of a roof collapse at Jefferson County High School is repaired and ready for the first day of classes on Thursday.

Soaking rain and rust caused the roof on building eight to buckle on July 7th.

Director of Schools Charles Edmonds told us Monday that state engineers inspected and cleared the building for use.

A portion of the building where workers continue renovations will stay closed as planned.

Volunteer firehouse turns into craft fair for fundraiser

(WBIR - Jefferson City) Jewelry, scarves, and crafts on Saturday replaced the spots normally held by firetrucks at the Lakeway Central volunteer fire department. A charity craft show was held as a fundraiser for the Jefferson City department.

Crafters each paid for a spot at the fair and firefighters grilled up hamburgers and hot dogs to sell for lunch. An auction was also held as part of the fundraiser.

Veteran skydives for his 80th birthday

Frank Riley doesn't have to prove anything to anybody.

The 80-year-old father of three worked for 40 years for The Greeneville Sun newspaper, has been married for 30 years, and served our country for 22 years.

But after all that time, he held onto a goal.

"Just trying to prove myself," Riley said, who now lives in Russellville.

As young staff sergeant in the Army during the Korean War, he watched the 101st airborne division train to jump out of airplanes at an airfield in Breckenridge, Kentucky. But he never had that chance.

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9,500 gallons of sewage spews into Fall Creek and Cherokee Lake

Another case of inadequate emergency back-up systems has led to large amounts of sewage spilling into a Morristown creek and ultimately into Cherokee Lake.

On Thursday a contractor was repairing a Morristown sewage line along Fall Creek near Three Springs Road.  The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) said the contractor's "bypass pump failed and they could not pull the upstream plug."  The pump failure sent sewage spewing into Fall Creek for a few hours until crews could bring in a replacement pump.

Man faces federal charges for stealing military-bound bulletproof vests

(WBIR - Jefferson City) A grand jury has indicted an East Tennessee man accused of stealing bulletproof vests and other armor from a manufacturer in Jefferson County.

According to court documents, Timothy Warren Mann is accused of stealing the equipment from BAE Systems in Jefferson City over a six-month period from June 2012 to January 2013. Mann was an employee.

The vests were supposed to go to the Department of Defense for military members.

Mann is facing federal charges.

Tax-free weekend: What's on the list

(WBIR - Knoxville, TN) Tennessee's annual tax-free weekend kicked off once again early Friday morning.

The "holiday" is held every year on the first Friday in August and ends the following Sunday night.

What is tax free?

  • Clothing $100 or less
  • School supplies $100 or less
  • Computers $1500 or less