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Portion of Cherokee Lake closed after untreated sewage spill

Portion of Cherokee Lake closed after untreated sewage spill

A portion of Cherokee Lake near Morristown is off limits to swimmers after officials estimate around 94,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the lake near Spring Creek.

It happened Monday morning in Morristown around 9:30 a.m. near Olen Marshall Bridge.

Authorities say a hit-and-run driver crashed into guy wires on a power pole on Cherokee Park Road.

The accident caused a power outage on two separate lines going into a sewage pumping station. The raw sewage overflowed into Spring Creek while the pumps were off for 47 minutes.

Vols beat NC State 35-21

Vols beat NC State 35-21

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Tyler Bray completed 27-of-41 passes for 333
yards and threw for two touchdowns to lead Tennessee to a 35-21 win over North
Carolina State on Friday.

Cordarrelle Patterson hauled in six balls for 93 yards and caught a touchdown
and added another score with a 67-yard run. Zach Rogers caught a 72-yard
touchdown and Rajion Neal carried the ball 22 times for 53 yards and a
touchdown for the Volunteers (1-0), who posted a disappointing 5-7
record last season.

Cocke Co. fire crew heads to Miss. for assistance

Cocke Co. fire crew heads to Miss. for assistance

Some East Tennessee firefighters are on their way to the Gulf region.

The Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire Department in Cocke County has worked with coastal Mississippi firefighters in past storm efforts.

As of Friday evening, they were headed to Hancock County, Mississippi to assist first responders there.

43 arrested in Cocke Co. drug investigation

43 arrested in Cocke Co. drug investigation

Forty-three people are facing charges after a five-month investigation targeting pill dealers in Cocke County.

The Cocke County Sheriff's Office says the undercover investigation sought out individuals involved in the sale and distribution of prescription drugs and illegal narcotics.

The sheriff's office says the operation resulted in the seizure of 11 vehicles, approximately 10 pounds of marijuana, more than 2,700 pills, money, more than 200 weapons, and two ounces of crack cocaine.

"No refusal" laws will be enforced this Labor Day weekend

"No refusal" laws will be enforced this Labor Day weekend

It will no doubt be a busy holiday weekend for people traveling and attending Labor Day weekend parties, and a couple counties in East Tennessee will be cracking down on drunk driving.

Roane, Campbell and Jefferson counties will add patrols on Labor Day weekend to enforce the state's new "no refusal" law.

The law took effect in July. It allows authorities to get a search warrant for a blood sample, even if the driver refuses to take a breathalyzer test.

In total, 16 counties state-wide will be participating this weekend.

Supreme Court lets mining continue in Jefferson

Supreme Court lets mining continue in Jefferson

NEW MARKET, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a mining company in its bid to continue work in Jefferson County.

The county issued a stop work order in 1998 after enacting a comprehensive zoning ordinance that limited the land to agricultural use.

The American Limestone Company, Inc., and subsequent owner Ready Mix, USA, fought the order. They claimed that a grandfather clause allowed businesses that were in operation at the time of the zoning change to continue.

Work at scene of I-40 rockslide finished

Work at scene of I-40 rockslide finished

After months of construction, work on the I-40 rockslide in Cocke County is complete.

Last winter, a rockslide shut down the westbound lanes of I-40 in Cocke County, close to the Tennessee-North Carolina state line.  Eventually, one lane was reopened for traffic.

In recent weeks, TDOT got both lanes open, but there were still barriers around the rock slide.