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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.

NASHVILLE — In separate bills, some Republican state legislators are pushing to have more state offices filled by popular election instead of appointment — including the state attorney general, members of the state Board of Education and, maybe, future justices of the state Supreme Court.

Wildlife officials Monday euthanized the remaining 14 poisonous snakes confiscated from a LaFollette preacher after the health of the animals continued to decline.

GATLINBURG — Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are searching the park today for a 40-year-old Sevierville man wanted in the killing of a woman in Florida.

Controversy over Common Core standards has grown dramatically at the state and national levels in recent months, creating a new and divisive education issue for legislators to confront.

The son of Grainger County Sheriff Scott Layel was one of five former sheriff's office employees indicted by a Grainger County grand jury recently.

The snake-handling Campbell County preacher whom a grand jury recently decided not to indict on charges of illegal possession of wildlife will not be getting his disease-ridden snakes back, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

A spokesman says Gov. Bill Haslam never received a petition seeking return of a pet raccoon to Mark "Coonrippy" Brown, but his staffers did talk with the Gallatin, TN, man who has since declared himself a Republican candidate for governor.

NASHVILLE — A Democratic legislator has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would authorize prescription sales of marijuana for medicinal purposes in Tennessee under somewhat stringent regulations.

A 37-year-old Greenback man died Thursday morning from injuries suffered after being struck in the head with a bolt from a crossbow during a hunting accident.

During his first week on the job as the new superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dale Ditmanson met with the Friends of the Smokies and the Great Smoky Mountains Association -- nonprofits that support the park through fundraising.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — One of the embarrassing parts of the July 28, 2012, security breach at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant was the relative ease with which three protesters were able to cut their way into the high-security Protected Area and reach the plant's storage facility for bomb-grade uranium.

Call them the “Not Ready for Big Time Crime Gang.”

The woman convicted of helping others kill and rob prominent Sweetwater farmer, businessman and political figure Jim Miller has asked the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals for a new trial.

KNOXVILLE — A Knox County Schools security officer has been placed on administrative leave after being cited in a police sting targeting indecent exposure in a public park.

The thick, grayish-black coal-ash slurry that came barging into lives in the dead of night is gone now, much of it loaded onto train cars and hauled away.

KNOXVILLE — After further reviewing the Class 1A semifinal playoff football game between Coalfield and South Pittsburg high schools on Nov. 29, the TSSAA determined that Coalfield players did not leave the sideline during a brief fourth-quarter scuffle.

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