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FBI: Cocke County couple arrested in murder-for-hire plot

knoxnews.com — A murder-for-hire scheme landed a Cocke County man and woman in federal custody Thursday, officials said. Aleshia Hope Stuart and Michael Dale Keller, ages unavailable, were arrested in Dandridge, according to a federal complaint.
Jan 30, 2015

FBI: Cocke County couple arrested in murder-for-hire plot shar.es/1oX7F5 via @knoxnews

Judge orders no-show ex-jailer to pay $125K in inmate rape

knoxnews.com — A federal magistrate judge has ordered a former Claiborne County Sheriff's Office jailer to pay $125,000 to the inmate he raped, but he is nowhere to be found, court records show. U.S. Magistrate Bruce Guyton entered a default judgment this month, affirmed last week by Chief U.S.
Jan 30, 2015

Judge orders no-show ex-jailer to pay $125K in inmate rape shar.es/1o0Fsz via @knoxnews

Mike Strange: Bruce Pearl has moved on; Donnie Tyndall still in limbo

knoxnews.com — There could have been an entirely different story line to this Bruce Pearl-Donnie Tyndall coaching duel Saturday. One in which it would be just a run-of-the-mill SEC game. One in which NCAA enforcement issues wouldn't even be mentioned in the local media. One in which Jacqui Pearl might be singing the national anthem for the umpteenth time.

Arian Foster says he accepted ‘40, 50 grand’ during time at UT

knoxnews.com — NFL star and former University of Tennessee running back Arian Foster reiterated his claim that he was illegally paid by boosters during his playing time in Knoxville during an interview on a radio show, this time saying that he accepted approximately $40,000 to $50,000 at UT from 2004-08.
Jan 30, 2015

Arian Foster says he accepted ‘40, 50 grand' during time at UT shar.es/1o03MR via @knoxnews

McIntyre announces members of disparity task force

knoxnews.com — Before saying yes to joining a newly created task force that will look at racial disparities in academics and discipline in Knox County Schools, Ronni Chandler had some questions of the superintendent. "I did not immediately say yes," she said.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @mykidmyschool: McIntyre announces members of task force that will look at disparities for minority students & SWD http://t.co/ZSc0iZEsa…

Explosion, fire damage house in Powell

knoxnews.com — KNOXVILLE - A two-story house in Powell was engulfed in flames Friday morning after residents reportedly heard an explosion in their garage. The residents escaped without injury. The explosion occurred about 9:50 a.m. at 7221 Fairlane Road. When the residents got outside, they saw flames coming from their garage.

Cruiser video blank in fatal deputy-involved shooting

knoxnews.com — A federal magistrate judge Thursday ordered the attorney for a Blount County Sheriff's Office deputy who fatally shot a homeowner to find out why his in-cruiser video is blank. Attorneys Gregory P. Issacs and Chris Coffey, who represent the widow of homeowner Henry C. Taylor Jr.

E-911 board hit brakes on 'Cadillac' radio bid

knoxnews.com — With three companies vying for the Knox County E-911 emergency radio system, the purchasing department had plenty of leverage to get more bang for the buck. "We turned a Chevy into a Cadillac through negotiations," said Knox County Purchasing Director Hugh Holt.

Lady Vols finally gets win at top-10 team

knoxnews.com — LEXINGTON, Ky. - Seven years of futility boiled down to 13 seconds for Tennessee on Thursday night. The Lady Vols withstood three Kentucky shots during those frantic moments, preserving a 73-72 SEC women's basketball victory before a crowd of 7,407 at Memorial Coliseum. Led by Isabelle Harrison's 19 points, No.

John Adams: Lady Vols find Harrison, then victory

knoxnews.com — Harrison found just enough holes in Kentucky's relentless pressure defense to score 11 of UT's last 17 points in a 73-72 victory. She also accounted for UT's final two points, which proved decisive when the Wildcats missed three shots in the last 13 seconds.

Former Lady Vol Glory Johnson hunts for wedding dress on TLC

knoxnews.com — Former Lady Vol and current WNBA All-Star Glory Johnson will be in the hunt for her wedding dress Friday night on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta." In a clip from the show, which airs at 10 p.m., Johnson and her fiancée, fellow WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner, are seen pouring over bridal gowns along with Johnson's sisters and others.
Jan 29, 2015

Former Lady Vol Glory Johnson hunts for wedding dress with Brittney Griner on TLC knoxnews.com/knoxville/form…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @KnoxvilleDotcom: Former Lady Vol Glory Johnson to search for a bridal gown Friday on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta." ow.ly/IaYc9

Two Tyndall signees now ineligible at Southern Miss as NCAA investigation continues

knoxnews.com — Two Southern Miss basketball players who were recruited and signed by Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall are now ineligible in accordance with NCAA rules, Southern Miss announced Thursday. ESPN, citing an anonymous source, first reported junior guard Rasham Suarez and senior forward Jeremiah Eason, former junior-college teammates at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Fla., had been ruled ineligible.
Jan 29, 2015

Updated story on latest NCAA developments at Southern MIss shar.es/1o1Kvj

Donnie Tyndall: Bruce Pearl deserves warm welcome this weekend

knoxnews.com — Donnie Tyndall won't be upset if the Thompson-Boling Arena crowd shows Bruce Pearl some love on Saturday. In fact, the first-year Tennessee basketball coach believes the man who had his job from 2005-11 should receive a warm welcome when he makes his Knoxville debut as Auburn's coach.

Knoxville lawyer’s defense strategy includes genomics

knoxnews.com — Knoxville lawyer Howard Jarvis is pioneering the use of studying plaintiffs' genetic markers to defend companies in environmental lawsuits. "Genomics and toxicogenomics studies have been around for 20 years, but this evidence wasn't used in the courtroom until Mr. Jarvis risked letting science answer causation questions," said Dr. John B.

UT names band directors

knoxnews.com — Don Ryder and Mike Stewart are dropping their interim titles with the Pride of the Southland Band. The University of Tennessee on Thursday announced Ryder as director of bands and Stewart as associate director of bands starting Feb. 1. Both had been in interim roles since October 2013 after Gary Sousa, former director of bands, was placed on administrative leave.
Jan 29, 2015

UT names new director of Pride of the Southland Band shar.es/1onFpc via @knoxnews

Lady Vols try to snap road skid against Top-10 teams at Kentucky

knoxnews.com — Winning takes top priority for Tennessee no matter where the Lady Vols are playing. A nagging trend, however, adds urgency to visiting Kentucky for an SEC women's basketball showdown. The teams meet Thursday at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky. (TV: SEC Network, 7 p.m.). No.

Lineups: Lady Vols at Kentucky

knoxnews.com — Radio: WNML (AM 990, FM 99.1). TV: SEC Network Records: Kentucky 16-4, 5-2 SEC; Tennessee 17-3, 7-0 Coaches: Kentucky, Matthew Mitchell (186-75 at Kentucky, 216-104 overall); Tennessee, Holly Warlick (73-17 at UT) Series: UT leads 50-10 TENNESSEE KENTUCKY Pos. Player Yr. Ht. Key stats Pos. Player Yr. Ht.

Foreman in Eastman bribe plot goes to jail but boss goes free

knoxnews.com — A coal supplier foreman is serving time for his role in a scheme to bribe inspectors in a bid to rip off Eastman Chemical Company, but his boss - accused in court records as the scheme's mastermind - remains a free man. David Wayne Grigsby is serving a one-year prison term after he was convicted in U.S.

KPD: Emergency providers 'left out' of selection process for new radio system

knoxnews.com — Police say their voices were diminished during the selection of a new emergency radio system, so they went totally silent. That silence among the 10 members of the E-911 board of directors killed a proposal last week to award a nearly $9 million radio system to Harris Corp., all without any public discussion.