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KNOXVILLE — A convicted child rapist who won a retrial pleaded guilty Tuesday.

KNOXVILLE — A 60-year-old man who disappeared earlier this month after threatening to harm himself was found dead in a backyard shed Monday night along the same West Knoxville street where he was reported missing.

Next to the paved commercial parking lot in West Knoxville grew a tall black walnut tree. Except for some bare limbs at the top of the crown, the tree looked perfectly healthy.

NASHVILLE — Three Democratic Supreme Court justices say they will choose the state's next attorney general in a "nonpartisan manner," and one makes a point of saying she will work with two Republican justices to "select the best applicant."

HOOVER, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference is a national powerhouse in college baseball, but the league never has sent more than 10 teams to the NCAA tournament.

As pain pills become more expensive and difficult to find for illicit use, the Knoxville area is seeing a large influx of heroin pumped in from 500 miles away, authorities say.

Austin Peay University came up with a system to pair students with courses the same way Netflix recommends new movies and Pandora suggests new music.

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Bob Gaskin is an upbeat kind of guy, friendly and funny like a fishing buddy.

Bruce Downsbrough, former head of the UT Foundation, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Knoxville on child porn charges.

KNOXVILLE — An elementary school girl going to her bus stop Friday morning ran into the street while being chased by a snarling dog and was struck by a truck.

KNOXVILLE — The father of Brittany Eldridge’s unborn son strangled her nearly three years ago, police said Wednesday.

CLINTON — A Knoxville teen accused of stabbing another man six times — with one wound puncturing the victim’s chest cavity wall — remained in the Anderson County Jail Tuesday, charged with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault.

A Blount County man released on bond following a DUI arrest Sunday was allegedly at fault in a three-vehicle crash that killed a 72-year-old woman and injured two other people Monday morning, authorities said.

KNOXVILLE — A Knox County man with an extensive criminal history, including multiple DUI convictions, has been identified as the driver in a single-vehicle crash that left his passenger with a severed arm.

A resolution in support of placing the national motto, “In God We Trust,” prominently on the Roane County Courthouse and in the County Commission’s meeting room is on the commission’s Monday agenda.

A resolution in support of placing the national motto, “In God We Trust,” prominently on the Roane County Courthouse and in the County Commission’s meeting room is on the commission’s Monday agenda.

KNOXVILLE — The criminal case against a University of Tennessee student whose encounter with a Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy prompted an international media firestorm was postponed today.

Roane County deputies are headed to Chattanooga to bring murder suspect Shawn Smoot back to Kingston for trial.

NASHVILLE — State Sen. Stacey Campfield likened signing up for "Obamacare" to Jews taking a "train ride" during the Holocaust on Monday, drawing prompt condemnation from state leaders of both major political parties.

A 63-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly killing his grandson after he didn’t have dinner ready on time.

State Sen. Stacey Campfield today compared the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obamacare, to the Holocaust.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — The graffiti begins at the entrance to the trail shelter where sweethearts have carved their names in the wooden posts as symbols of their everlasting love.

KNOXVILLE — Firefighters battled a house fire Sunday near Victor Ashe Park, but the family that lives there was not home at the time.

KNOXVILLE — A 46-year-old Chattanooga man picked the wrong place to take a nap Thursday morning.

For the University of Tennessee Police Department, it was simple math — eight officers, 800 partygoers.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has fired a deputy who was photographed allegedly choking a University of Tennessee student in Fort Sanders on Saturday night.

KNOXVILLE — Five months after the University of Tennessee scrapped a new dining plan that required a buy-in from off-campus students, the university is once again floating a similar proposal.

CLINTON — Apparently high on drugs, a Clinton man was nabbed while allegedly taking a break from burglarizing a residence and was found lying in his victim’s bed early Thursday, authorities said.

A man caught making methamphetamine in two one-pot labs while his 6-year-old son slept in the unfinished, rodent-infested house they occupied has been charged with aggravated child abuse and manufacturing meth.

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.

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