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Man accused of trying to hire person to murder ex-wife


Deputies arrested a Hamblen County man accused of trying to hire a person to murder his ex-wife.

Authorities arrested Thomas Michael Smith, 33, of Morristown at the Days Inn on East Andrew Highway on Thursday and charged him with conspiracy to commit murder.

Sheriff: Mother orders inmate son to beat another prisoner


A Hamblen County Jail inmate told officials that he was carrying out his mother's orders when he, along with two other prisoners, attacked the man accused of stabbing his mother's boyfriend.

Authorities believe Lynn Marie Killion, 57, of Bean Station asked her son Jesse Lee Killion, 30, to beat up Sterling Morgan.

Morgan was booked in the Hamblen County Jail on Sunday after he was charged for the stabbing of George Brock Hance earlier that weekend.

Police: Attacker left victim voicemail apologizing for stabbing


An assault victim told Morristown police that his attacker left a voicemail on his phone, apologizing for stabbing him eight times in the back with a large kitchen knife.

No arrests made 1 year after fire was set to cover up murders


It's been a year since investigators said a fire was set to cover up a murder in Greene County, and still, no arrests have been made.

On March 23, 2014, firefighters found two people inside a burned home on West Main Street. Elizabeth Cooter, 78, was killed in the fire. Her nephew, Roger "Dwayne" Aiken, 49, was injured and died later at the hospital.

Ex-Newport alderwoman pleads guilty in drug, money laundering scheme


A former Newport alderwoman pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a drug and money laundering scheme she operated with her husband who was a police officer at the time.

All lanes reopen after semi overturns on I-40 E. in Cocke Co.


For hours, an overturned tractor trailer blocked the eastbound right lane of Interstate 40 in Cocke County on Friday.

Initially the crash shut down all eastbound lanes of I-40 near the Hartford exit for several hours, but later that morning, crews managed to reopen all but the right lane.

By 2 p.m., crews reopened all lanes of the interstate.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said the accident happened shortly after 4:30 a.m.


Bloodhound joins Jefferson County K-9 Unit