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An illegal immigrant confessed Tuesday he headed up a $4.5 million cocaine distribution network in East Tennessee.

KINGSPORT — A woman arrested on driver's license offenses now faces felony charges, with Kingsport police saying she introduced into jail some atypical contraband: a stolen — and loaded — .22-caliber mini-revolver, via a body orifice.

The man whose naked body was found hanging from a chain-link fence on Easter Sunday in North Knox County had left prison just a few months earlier, court records show.

Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose nude body was found in the front yard of a North Knox County home Sunday afternoon.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander wasted no time last month decrying a federal labor board's decision that opened the door for some college athletes to unionize.

KNOXVILLE — Knoxville police have identified the man whose body was found Wednesday evening underneath the deck of a West Knoxville home, officials said.

The move by Lake City, Tenn., officials to change the town’s name to Rocky Top faces a do-or-die moment May 5 in a federal courtroom in Knoxville, an attorney involved in the case said.

Authorities have charged a Clinton man in connection with the stabbing death of a woman following an argument at the home they shared, officials said.

KNOXVILLE — Authorities said a man’s body found under a deck of a West Knoxville home had been there at least a week.

KNOXVILLE — The victim of an assault inside a South Knoxville apartment Monday told police he was struck so many times with a hammer that his attacker lost his grip because the handle became too bloody.

BULLS GAP, Tenn. — A man who allegedly chased down his parents and cut their vehicle off in the middle of the road Sunday in Bulls Gap because he wanted more money has been charged with felony reckless endangerment and vandalism.

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — A candidate for Monroe County sheriff has worked for the Vonore Police Department for more than three years, including one year full time, according to the police chief.

KNOXVILLE — A driver whose vehicle struck an East Knoxville house Sunday has died from his injuries, police said.

Llamas and people alike filled World’s Fair Park on Saturday for the inaugural Great Llama Race to benefit local schools, Bolivian schools and Southeast Llama Rescue.

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee will sell the New Norris House — a ground-breaking home in the field of sustainable living — in a sealed bid process for a minimum $155,000, the school announced Wednesday.

KNOXVILLE — The phrase gets endless replay by Tennessee's women's basketball players and coaches.

East Tennessee’s little EmiSunshine has gone viral. Emilie Hamilton, the 9-year-old singer-songwriter, who goes by the stage name EmiSunshine has appeared regularly on Market Square, in concert halls, flea markets and on sidewalks all around East Tennessee. Over the past two weeks she has become an Internet star she will appear on NBC’s "Today" show on Friday, March 28, between 9 and 9:30 a.m.

KNOXVILLE — When the first half ends, class begins these days for the Tennessee women's basketball team.

KNOXVILLE — Human remains pulled from Fort Loudoun Lake last week have been positively identified as those of South Knoxville man Derek Funk, who had been missing since 2010, authorities said Tuesday.

Races for sheriff and Circuit Court clerk are shaping up to be among the hottest countywide contests in Roane County, Tenn., as the deadline to qualify for the Aug. 7 general election approaches.

A state appellate court is using a Campbell County case to confirm felons cannot serve as bondsmen -- despite an opinion to the contrary by the Tennessee Attorney General's Office.

Julie Tappero sees job prospects go up in marijuana smoke every day at the temporary staffing company she owns outside Seattle.

A beagle’s nose may have caused her separation from her West Knox County family, but her microchip helped reunite them Tuesday — 5½ years after the dog went missing.

CHURCH HILL — A woman who allegedly drove her car into a church Sunday night and then stabbed her husband in the chest at the altar because he was "worshiping the NASCAR race at Bristol" also reportedly made numerous statements about her conversations with God and the Devil.

KNOXVILLE — Saving a historic building or property that is threatened with demolition or significant change is usually never easy for preservationists.

NASHVILLE — Critics of Common Core standards are hoping to use legislation that broadens the scope of American history teaching requirements to bypass committees that have been holding up action on their bills to terminate or delay Common Core.

KNOXVILLE — Two people were wounded in a shooting Saturday night on East Magnolia Avenue, according to Lt. Bryan Malone of the Knoxville Police Department.

Tennessee has a state bird, a state flower, a pair of state rocks and several state songs. Why not a state artifact?

A colony of bats at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., got a new home Wednesday after being displaced.

The Sevier County mother who tried to set her infant son on fire was sentenced to eight years in jail with the possibility for parole after serving 30 percent of the term, 4th Judicial District Attorney Jimmy Dunn said.

KNOXVILLE — A 60-year-old University of Tennessee employee has been identified as the motorist whose rolling car trapped her against a Fort Sanders parking garage wall Monday morning.

WASHINGTON — Gov. Bill Haslam has asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to come up with a proposal that would give Tennessee more flexibility to expand Medicaid coverage.

KNOXVILLE — A 48-year-old woman allegedly admitted to downing two beers and five shots of whiskey before plunging a pickup into an indoor pool at a South Knox County fitness center, arrest warrants state.

WASHINGTON — Gov. Bill Haslam dismissed speculation Friday he might run for president in 2016, saying it’s not something he is interested in pursuing.

Last month, Jill Blewett reached her goal of running a marathon in all 50 U.S. states.

When Tennesseans spring forward into daylight-saving time next month, they will never fall back into standard time again under legislation that has cleared its first step toward passage in the General Assembly.

KNOXVILLE — A Knox County Sheriff’s deputy pulled a Powell woman from her home and then used a fire extinguisher to knock down the flames of a kitchen fire there Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Staring down pending legislation that could limit -- or even eliminate -- how the University of Tennessee distributes its student activity fees for campus speakers, President Joe DiPietro expressed concern in a statewide email to employees.

An updated afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service predicts up to 3 inches of snow in the Knoxville area, up to 4 inches north of Knoxville and up to 6 inches in the mountains.

A state representative is pushing for changes in the law benefiting two torture slaying victims' families but backed away from legislation that would shed light on why they suffered through new trials for two of four defendants convicted in their case.

Dean Lockwood knows what a "really good" women's basketball team looks like come February.

HARRIMAN, Tenn. — They’re taking a roll of duct tape with them when they scuba dive down to what is intended to be their undersea home for 72 days in a first-ever venture that could break a world record.

KNOXVILLE — Ryan Price probably has had better days.

KNOXVILLE — Jurors had little sympathy for Adam Franklin Moates’ story that he fired gunshots at a trickster prostitute’s home because he was fearful and upset.

KNOXVILLE — Knoxville police are investigating a shooting inside a Fort Sanders apartment that left three people wounded Tuesday night.

The body of a Knoxville man was recovered Monday afternoon from waters at the Fort Loudon Marina, according to the Lenoir City Police Department.

The University of Tennessee has been named among the 75 public schools offering the best value to students across the nation by the Princeton Review.

A Knox County schoolteacher has been charged with public intoxication after being found allegedly passed out drunk along a Blount County road Thursday.

The University of Tennessee's Sex Week — the racy student program that evoked the ire of state legislators last spring — will return in March with new and returning events like an aphrodisiac cooking class, poetry slam, relationship workshop, dance class, drag show and, of course, the condom scavenger hunt.

GATLINBURG — In the eight decades since the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the term “two bits” has been mostly discarded as a specific monetary reference.

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