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Dept. of Justice: Sexual victimization higher in TN juvenile centers than U.S.

According to a report from the Department of Justice, the percentage of children in Tennessee juvenile centers who've been sexually victimized is higher than the national average.

The report asked a limited number of children in state run facilities in the country, including for in Tennessee, if they've been unwantingly touched or advanced by another child or adult. The national average is 9.5% percent; Tennessee's average is 13%.

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Cocke Co. school awarded grant for new pipes

(WBIR, Hartford) Governor Bill Haslam visited Cocke County Tuesday as part of the continuing effort to modernize Tennessee.

Grassy Fork Elementary School received $500,000 to install pipes that will run from Newport into the school. Before now, the school was using well water as its source, which can have pollutants in it, risking a student's heath.

Leaders say the new pipes are taking a huge load off the school's shoulders.

Newport boy mauled by dog preps for ear replacement surgery

In August 2011, a group of dogs running loose in a Cocke County neighborhood mauled a 10-year-old boy.  Brandon Williams of Newport suffered severe injuries to his arm and had both of his ears ripped off during the attack.

In the nearly two years since the attack, Williams has undergone a few surgeries and a great deal of physical therapy. He has also dealt with family tragedies with the unexpected death of his mother and his father requiring brain surgery after being injured on a construction site.

Jefferson Co. creates rules to ease neighbors' body farm concerns

Starting this fall, there will be a new body farm in East Tennessee and it's not on UT's campus.

Monday night, the Jefferson County Commission put the final seal of approval on cadaver research facilities in their county.

After months of complaints from neighbors about the possibility of a body farm for Carson Newman University, there was no hesitation from county commissioners at their regular meeting.

They voted unanimously to approve rules and regulations for body farms.

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Flooding ruins new gym at Del Rio Elementary School

A Cocke County school's gymnasium floor is a total loss after a pipe problem led to major flooding.

The gym floor at Del Rio Elementary School isn't even a year old. But after flooding on June 11, the school is looking at $75,000 to $100,000 worth of damages.

Cocke County Schools Supervisor Casey Kelley said the source of the flooding comes from a 90 degree fitting on a pipe that failed.

"That red 90 degree coupling is where the water was evacuating from the pipe at," Kelley said.

Half of the floors have already been torn up.

NWS confirms tornado struck New Market area last Thursday

(WBIR-New Market) The National Weather Service confirmed last Thursday's strong storms produced a second tornado in East Tennessee.

The E-F1 tornado touched down in Jefferson County in the New Market area. NWS said the tornado's path started about four miles northwest of New Market and traveled about two miles.

The twister had a maximum wind speed of 100 mile per hour, which snapped and uprooted several trees and damaged a roof.

Greene Co. Commission rejects higher wheel tax

(WBIR-Greene County) The Greene County Commission rejected a proposed increase to the county's wheel tax from $20 to $30 on Monday.

Fifteen commissioners voted against the increase, while 6 commissioners approved the tax. Previously, the county commission budget and finance committee recommended the tax bump to help ease the county's budget issues.

The commission also rejected a proposed additional $25 in litigation taxes with a 12-9 vote.