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Couple accused of leaving dogs to starve in abandoned home


A Newport couple is facing charges after officers found a dead dog and two others that appeared to be malnourished inside their rental home.

April and James Hux are charged with animal cruelty.

Their landlord called police Sunday after discovering the dogs. He told authorities that the couple had not paid their rent in several months, and he assumed they had abandoned the home on Lakeview Street. The electricity had been shut off at least three weeks earlier, and he hadn't seen either of them for a while.

Tennova adds Lakeway Regional to group of hospitals


(WBIR - Morristown) Lakeway Regional Hospital will become the newest member of the Tennova Healthcare family.

The hospital group made the announcement Monday. Lakeway Regional will be Tennova's seventh location, and will officially join the group Wednesday September 24.

Lakeway Regional Hospital is a 135-bedroom facility and provides inpatient and outpatient services, as well as a 24-hour acute care rehabilitation center.

New motorcycle event helps fight cancer


A new event in Jefferson City hopes to raise money for a cancer support group this weekend.

On Saturday, the inaugural Kickstands-Up Against Cancer will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Lowe's in Jefferson City. The event features a ride, live music, auctions and food.

All proceeds benefit Celebrate Life, which helps patients battling cancer in Sevier, Jefferson, and Cocke counties.

Newport fires police captain who pleaded guilty to felony charges


The City of Newport fired a former captain after he pleaded guilty to federal charges connected to a drugs and weapons case.

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Man arrested after escaping authorities earlier this week


(WBIR) A man wanted on drug-related charges, who had been considered armed and dangerous by Hamblen County authorities, is back behind bars.

Sheriff: Dandridge parents facing charges after "torture" of child


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(WBIR-Dandridge) Investigators in Jefferson County said they believe a 7-year-old boy was tortured by his adoptive parents.

Man wanted on drug charges considered armed & dangerous


A man wanted on drug-related charges is considered armed and dangerous by Hamblen County authorities.

Authorities who were trying to arrest Brian Hawkins, 42, of Kingsport, pursued him from Sevier County into Hamblen County Thursday night. His vehicle ran out of gas on Collinson Ford Road and he took off in foot. Investigators believe Hawkins hid under a porch to keep from being caught.

Hawkins is also on Sullivan County's Most Wanted list for a violation of probation.