The Knoxville News Sentinel (Reporter, Photographer)

Former Pilot Flying J sales executive testifies he complained to firm's president about fraud

Published Jan. 19 2018

When former Pilot Flying J sales executive Dan Peyton learned a trucking company had been defrauded by his colleagues, he...

Pilot Flying J fraud trial delayed by snow, but fight continues over racist recordings

Published Jan. 18 2018

Snow and cold temperatures prompted the cancellation Wednesday of the ongoing trial of the former president of the nation's largest...

Former Pilot Flying J president's pay doubled to $26.9 million during fraud scheme, records show

Published Jan. 12 2018

Federal prosecutors have long insisted the goal of a fraud scheme at Pilot Flying J was to boost the truck...


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Age bias lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Duncan settled under controversial 'hush fund'

Published Jan. 8 2018

If Shirley Taylor had worked for a private employer or a local government when she claimed she was mocked and...

UT defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie declares for NFL draft

Published Jan. 7 2018

Tennessee defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, he announced Sunday night on...

Leveled by Gatlinburg fire, church now stands bigger and blessed

Published Dec. 25 2017

Leveled by the Nov. 28, 2016, wildfire that swept through its town and killed 14 people, Gatlinburg's Roaring Fork Baptist...

Report: Late notice from park cost Gatlinburg time, lives in wildfire

Published Dec. 20 2017

Poor communication by Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers with Gatlinburg authorities undermined the initial response to last year's deadly...

UT sets policy to limit retreat salaries for administrators

Published Dec. 20 2017

A new policy at the University of Tennessee seeks to make pay more equitable between faculty members and former administrators...

Ruby Tuesday publicly rejects, criticizes new offer for company

Published Dec. 18 2017

Ruby Tuesday executives fired back Monday against lawsuits alleging they didn't get the best price for the company -- not...

Union County school district, parents respond to viral Keaton Jones bullying video

Published Dec. 12 2017

A local middle school student's video about being bullied in the lunchroom went viral over the weekend, leading to dozens...

University of Tennessee's coach search most recent event chronicled on The Rock

Published Dec. 11 2017

During the University of Tennessee's search for a new head coach, there was one spot on campus that could be...

TVA rate change could penalize ratepayers for low energy use

Published Dec. 8 2017

Turning off lights and unplugging electronics are some of the easiest ways to save money. As technology advances, some homeowners...


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Judge: Ex-president of Pilot Flying J caught on tape using 'vile racial epithets'

Published Dec. 8 2017

The former president of the nation's largest diesel fuel retailer was captured on secret recordings making what a judge on...

TDEC permit would extend timeline for Kingston Fossil Plant water pollution compliance

Published Dec. 7 2017

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will hold public hearings Thursday in Knoxville and Roane County regarding the Tennessee...

Defense goes on offense against key witness in Pilot Flying J fraud trial

Published Dec. 7 2017

If Pilot Flying J's top leaders knew its sales executives were cheating customers, why all the code talk, an attorney...

Jury is seated in Tennessee high school football player slaying case

Published Dec. 5 2017

A jury was seated late Monday afternoon in the trial of three young men accused in the slaying of a...

Zaevion Dobson murder trial, starting Monday, poses debate: Rap as art or evidence?

Published Dec. 4 2017

The December 2015 shooting death of Zaevion Dobson became a symbol for street violence and gun crime across the nation...

University of Tennessee: $59,000 Power T world record event was worth cost

Published Dec. 1 2017

The University of Tennessee's world record in forming the largest human letter was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students that officials...

Defense to key witness in Pilot Flying J fraud trial: Isn't cheating 'dumb' business move?

Published Dec. 1 2017

In a bid to discredit a key government witness in the ongoing Pilot Flying J fraud trial, a defense attorney...

Testimony: Pilot Flying J president appealed to truckers as his employees continued to defraud them

Published Nov. 30 2017

While his salesmen were ripping off trucking companies, former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood took to a stage playing...