Two robberies, one gunshot victim
A store clerk at a Knoxville convenience store was shot Sunday night in a robbery at the Tazewell Pike store.
The robbery occurred at a Breadbox convenience store just a few hours before a man with similar a description allegedly held-up the Weigel’s store on Merchant’s Road.
Witnesses of the Weigel’s robbery say that the suspect fled in a blue van.
By the descriptions provided to police, authorities are looking for a man in his 20s who was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and bandana at the time of the robbery.

ORNL supercomputing gets a boost
Supercomputing researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratories are working on plans to quadruple the speed of its Cray XT-3 computer.
If the goal is accomplished, the ORNL supercomputer will be able to perform roughly 100 trillion calculations per second, or, 100 teraflops.
The Cray supercomputer is already ranked as the 10th fastest computer in the world.
The proposed updates will expand its current set-up of 56 cabinets to 120 cabinets, nearly doubling the number of processors in the machine.

Student paper seized
Some Oak Ridge High School students are protesting the censorship of the school newspaper.
Last week, all printed copies of the latest edition of the Oak Ridge Leaf were confiscated by school officials because of an article relating to birth control and another article featuring a student’s tattoo.
The birth control article reportedly included tips for obtaining birth control without a parent’s permission.
Student’s protested the school’s move by wearing homemade tee-shirts against the censorship.

Man sentenced in shooting of ATF agent
A Hamilton County man was sentenced to 74 years in prison for the attempted murder of a federal agent.
Terry Penney was charged for shooting a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agent, Paris Gillette in the face with a shotgun.
Two Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies were also injured in the shooting, but escaped with only minor injuries.
The ATF was accompanying local Soddy-Daisey police officers in an investigation into Penney’s alleged role in a narcotics trafficking ring when the incident occurred.
On top of Penney’s prison sentence, he faces a $25,000 fine in the court ruling.

Cocke Co. flood warning
A flood warning is in effect for areas surrounding the Pigeon River, calling for possible minor flooding in Newport for Tuesday night.
Though rain had mostly ceased in the area by Tuesday afternoon, run-off from adjoining tributaries is expected to on into Wednesday and push the river just barely past its brim.
According to the warning the river is expected to rise above flood stage at about midnight Tuesday evening, lasting until Wednesday afternoon.

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Missing Blount Co. woman
A body found in Illinois may be a missing East Tennessee woman.
Seventy-two-year-old Frances Graham went missing earlier this year. Her boyfriend’s son, Art Dockery, told police that both he and Graham were kidnapped but that he had managed to escape their captors.
Detectives in the case have filed a false reporting charge against Dockery.
The woman’s body was found near Metropolis, Ill. and investigators are working to compare medical and dental records with Graham’s to determine if they are, in fact her remains.
Dockery’s cell phone records put him in the Mount Vernon, Ill. area near the time Graham had gone missing.
Dockery is being held on non-related domestic violence charges.

Disgruntled cop invokes standoff with police
Local police in Monroe County were involved in a standoff Saturday night with a former police officer.
Local authorities have said that the suspect is a former Englewood officer who threatened suicide after being fired that day.
Local police, Blount County SWAT and Tennessee state police went to the suspect’s house after he had threatened suicide. The suspect reportedly fired on the responding officers holding officers at bay for several hours before being taken into custody.

East Knoxville murder
A Knoxville man was shot and killed Saturday night in an argument over a cell phone.
Joshua Underwood was shot at the Super Wash Laundromat on Central Avenue in Knoxville.
Police have said that Underwood had been in an argument earlier that day with Jackie Foster. The two had decided to meet at the laundry mat to settle their dispute.
Foster is in police custody, held on murder charges.

TennCare extension
TennCare recipients who have been disenrolled will be receiving six more months of prescription benefits as a part of a “safety net” transition program.
Disenrollees will be receiving the free medication for another six months, extended until June 30, 2006.
The transition program has been providing specific drugs such as insulin and diabeties medication to recipients.

Escapees received help
A corrections officer allegedly allowed George Hyatte to use his cell phone while he was being transported to the Roane County Courthouse.
The Brushy Mountain Corrections Officer, Randall Ridenour, was fired from his position.
The incident occurred a month before Hyatte’s wife Jennifer helped the man escape, shooting and killing a guard in the process.
Ridenhour has also been accused of making a call to Jennifer Hyatte and could face criminal charges.

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Snow blankets upper Smokies, plateau

Newfound Gap Road/Highway 441 through Great Smoky Mountain National Park was closed around 8 p.m. on Monday in its stretch between Gatlinburg and Cherokee, N.C. due to accumulations of snow and ice.
The road was re-opened around 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, but the National Weather Service is calling for “significant accumulations” to occur in the high elevation areas on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning for Tuesday in elevations above 3,000 feet, including the Smoky Mountains in Sevier, Cocke and Blount counties.
On the other side of the mountain, in North Carolina, NWS has issued a heavy snow warning with wind chills near zero, overnight.
Areas of the Cumberland Plateau gathered about an inch of snow Monday night.

Koch Food plant burns

A former food processing plant in Morristown was heavily damaged by fire on Tuesday morning.
A Koch Food representative noticed the fire when arriving at the closed facility to give a tour for an auction company.
Explosions rocked the inside of the building as firefighters took the better part of the morning to extinguish the fire.
The plant hand been vacated by the company for some months.

IPIX closes Oak Ridge office

The imaging technology company IPIX Corporation announced Friday that it will be closing its Oak Ridge office and laying off 15 workers.
The company will be consolidating its operations at their offices in Reston, Va. in order to “streamline its structure and reduce costs,” according to a company press release.
“After a thorough review of the third quarter financials, we are making additional changes that while difficult will uphold our obligation to shareholders,” said Clara Conti, IPIX chief executive officer and president. “After analyzing our business operations, we are confident this is the best path forward.”

Construction on
hold for holiday

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will suspend construction on all major roadways in the state beginning at noon Wednesday, to ease traffic flow for Thanksgiving holiday travelers.
“According to AAA Auto Club South, more than 700,000 Tennesseans will be traveling in their vehicles this Thanksgiving holiday period,” said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “We hope that by stopping road construction early we will help people get to their destinations safely and on time.”
Tennessee construction work will be halted on all roads that have an average daily traffic count of 30,000 vehicles or more which includes interstates and state routes. Construction will resume Monday after the morning rush hour.
Reduced speed limits will still be in place in some construction zones where the special layout requires caution on the part of the driver.

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GM cuts will
affect Spring Hill

General Motors will be shutting down nine of its North American plants by 2008 including part of operations at the Spring Hill, Tenn. Saturn plant.
At the Spring Hill plant, only the Ion assembly line will be closed, and that will be replaced with upcoming new models. Another model, the Vue sport utility vehicle will continue in production at the plant.
In all, the company plans on cutting some 30,000 jobs affecting plants in Doraville, Ga., Lansing, Mich., Oklahoma City, and Ontario, Canada.
The Spring Hill assembly plant is just outside of Nashville in Maury County.

TVA board
members appointed

President Bush announced five nominees for positions on the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors.
The board formerly consisted of just three full-time board members but was expanded by legislation sponsored by Senator Bill First to a nine-person, part-time board.
The list of nominees includes two Knoxvillians: Susan Richardson Williams, owner and manager of SRW & Associates, a public relations and government relations group, and, William Sansom, the chairman and CEO of HT Hackney Co, a grocery wholesaler in Knoxville.
Williams is also a member of the UT Board of Trustees.
Other nominees are Dennis Bottorff chairman of Council Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Nashville, Howard Thrailkill, president/chief operating officer of Adtran Inc., a network access equipment supplier company in Huntsville, Robert “Mike” Duncan, chairman/CEO/director of Community Thrift Holding Co., chairman/CEO of Inez
Deposit Bank, and a partner in the law firm Duncan & Duncan.

South-Doyle student
home after gun charges

The 14-year-old boy accused of bringing a gun to South-Doyle High School last week has been sent home on house-arrest.
The boy was ordered by a juvenile court judge to face a psychological evaluation. He was released Friday, under the strict supervision of his parents.
He was charged with aggravated assault and for carrying a weapon on school grounds after allegedly showing a fellow classmate the unloaded gun. Two other boys were charged with carrying the same gun at South-Doyle.

Pilot at McGhee
Tyson stopped with gun

An airline pilot was questioned at McGhee Tyson Airport Saturday, when he was found with a loaded gun in his luggage.
While some flight security officials are allowed to bring weapons onto a flight, the firearms must be declared at check-in, and they must be unloaded and carried in a locked container.
The man was given a citation for the infraction and was released.
The fine for carrying a loaded gun onto an airplane can cost as much as $7,500.

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Seymour Branch Library
“Computer Rules at the Seymour Branch Library Story Time!”
Computers at My Library will be the November theme for the preschool Seymour Branch Library story time. Hear books about computers and a trip into cyberspace during preschool story time today at 11 a.m.
For more information, please call 573-0728.

Sevier County Public Library
“Computers and Thanksgiving at the Sevier County Public Library!”
Enjoy computer and Thanksgiving stories at the Sevier County Public Library on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
For more information or to schedule a large group, please call 573-0728.

Kodak Branch Library               
“No Preschool Story Time at the Kodak Branch Library!”
There will be no preschool story time at the Kodak Branch Library on Friday. The next regularly scheduled story time will be Friday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.
For more information, please call 933-0078.

County library system closed on Thanksgiving
The Sevier County Public Library System, which includes the Main Library and Genealogy Annex on Court Avenue, the Seymour Branch and the Kodak Branch Libraries, will be closed on Thanksgiving day. The library system will reopen Friday for regularly scheduled hours.
For further information, please call 453-3532.

UT Nurse Anesthetist named to state board
Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has appointed University of Tennessee nurse anesthetist John C. Preston to the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Preston is one of four individuals appointed to the board. He serves as the director of UT’s master’s program in nurse anesthesia.As a member of the Tennessee Board of Nursing, Preston will participate in setting state standards of acceptable practices in nursing and impose penalties when those standards are not met. The board is also responsible for the interpretation of license and registration requirements for schools and individual nurses.Preston was appointed to the board because of his strong leadership skills and his expertise in advanced practice nursing. His term on the board of nursing ends in 2009.

Fruit fly study sheds light on human genetic problems
By identifying two new proteins in the genes of fruit flies, a University of Tennessee professor is laying the groundwork for research that could help science better understand birth defects and infertility in humans.
The research, led by UT professor Dr. Bruce McKee and post-doctoral research fellow Dr. Sharon Thomas, appeared Thursday in Cell, the premier journal of the life sciences. Publication in Cell is a major achievement for biological scientists.
In their analysis, McKee and Thomas found that the two proteins, called SNM and MNM, are required for the proper splitting of chromosomes that pass genes from parents to children in the process that produces sperm and eggs.
By understanding what causes these proteins to affect chromosomes in fruit flies, scientists like McKee and Thomas may be able to better understand how human chromosome problems come about and lead to birth defects and infertility.

JOY Club
The Pigeon Forge Community Center invites everyone to the JOY (Just Older Youth) Club meeting on Friday, Dec. 2. Bingo will begin at 10:30 a.m. and a Christmas pot luck lunch will be served at 11:30 along with a Christmas ornament exchange. For more information about the games, lunch, and special events contact Eli Cockrum at 429-7373

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Clinton school
closed for illness
South Clinton Elementary School in Anderson County has canceled classes for today because of excessive illnesses.
There were about 100 students and staff members out of school on Thursday for some sort of stomach virus. This is nearly 30 percent of the school.
The school is expected to be back on its normal schedule next week.

Man dies in motorcycle wreck
A Grainger County man died after wrecking his motorcycle on the Foothills Parkway.
Sixty-five-year-old Lester Jones was riding near Look Rock in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park when he lost control of his motorcycle. Park officials say that Jones’s bike went off the road, and he was thrown from the bike.
Jones was announced dead at the scene.

Holocaust denier on trial
Holocaust denier and former East Tennessean Ernst Zundel will be on trial in Mannheim, Germany.
Zundel has been charged with incitement, libel and disparaging the dead. He faces up to five years in jail if convicted.
He lived in Sevier County briefly between 2001 and 2003 before being deported back to Canada in 2003. Canada refused to grant him citizenship at that time and deported him to Germany, where he is to stand trail.

Foothills Land Conservancy director steps down
The executive director for the Foothills Land Conservancy has resigned after 13 years with the group.
Randy Brown was the group’s first director for the group, which has about 15,000 acres of land on its roster.
Brown retired when the group decided to begin focusing on smaller land areas, rather than amassing big tracts of land.

Park Commission Meeting
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park Commission is holding a meeting on Friday. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the park headquarters, at 107 Headquarters Road in Gatlinburg.

Decision on Knox
gang trail upheld
The convictions of members of the Knoxville gang Imperial Insane Vice Lords were upheld by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The gang’s defense said that federal prosecutors were trying to criminalize actual membership in a gang, which is not illegal.
The appeals court opinion said: “Although it remained the government’s burden to prove that membership in the Vice Lords was synonymous with membership in the conspiracy, we detect no abuse of discretion in the district court’s decision to permit the introduction of (gang-related) evidence for this limited purpose.”
Gang leader Walter “Heavy” Williams and cohorts Allen “Capone” Young and Michael “New York” Smith will next go through new sentencing hearings.

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FedEx brings
Christmas to troops

Memphis-based FedEx Corporation and the Christmas Spirit Foundation began their “Trees for Troops” campaign, a program to deliver more than 3,000 Christmas trees to soldiers and their families at military bases across the country as well as overseas troops.
Fedex will be delivering the trees providing international and local transport, between now and December 9.
FedEx Freight will also be providing transport services for the Christmas Spirit Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Christmas Tree Association.
“During a time of year when friends and family gather with loved ones, we must also remember the service men and women stationed overseas this holiday season,” said Douglas G. Duncan, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Freight. “With this small gesture, we want to extend a special thank you to our brave troops and their families.”

Bumper to bumper on I-40

A capsized tanker truck spilt plastics chemicals and closed portions of Interstate 40 in both directions for 11 hours Wednesday.
The truck was carrying a load of the chemical cyanox, a chemical used in the making of plastic. The driver of the truck lost control of his vehicle and hit the center concrete barrier around 4:30 a.m, blocking all of the westbound lanes and part of the eastbound lanes.
The accident happened near the West Hills exit in Knoxville.
Eastbound lanes were re-opened by early afternoon, but westbound traffic remained closed until 4 p.m.
Officials announced that the chemical does not pose an explosion or inhalation danger.

Baptist Hospitals
pres. steps down

Knoxville Baptist Health System leader Dale Collins unexpectedly announced his immediate retirement Tuesday.
Collins, president and chief executive officer for the company, submitted his retirement at a meeting of BHS’s executive board. Collins was company president for the past 14 years.
Company Chief Operating Officer Greg Harb will serve as the interim CEO.
Baptist Health System owns four hospitals and manages two others.

Campbell Co. HS
principal discharged

Campbell County High School principal Gary Seale was discharged from the hospital Wednesday.
Seale had been receiving treatment at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for a gunshot wound incurred during a triple shooting at his school last week.
The suspected 14-year-old gunman, Kenneth Bartley, is being held for the assault on Seale and school administrator Jim Pierce. Assistant Principal Ken Bruce was killed in the incident.
Pierce is still receiving treatment at the hospital and is in stable condition.
Bartley was recently ordered by a judge to receive mental evaluation before his hearing.

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SBC leader dies
Former Southern Baptist Convention President Dr. Adrian Rogers died Tuesday following a battle with cancer and pneumonia. Rogers was 74 years old.
Rogers was the long-time pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis where membership increased from 9,000 to more than 29,000 during his tenure.
Rogers is known as a key player in the “Conservative Resurgence,” during which Southern Baptists leaders elected a series of conservative leaders in response to perceived liberalization within the denomination.
Rogers founded the Love Worth Finding television program, broadcasted by more than 14,000 television and 1,900 radio stations across the globe.
Rogers served terms as the SBC president in 1979, 1986 and 1987. He had recently retired from his post as pastor of his Memphis church.

Abductors nabbed
Two persons suspected of kidnapping a 3-year-old from a Seymour day care center have been arrested on charges of kidnapping.
Helen King is actually the mother of young Comron Rogers and recently lost custody of the child, temporarily. King’s boyfriend, Rodney Mears has also been charged in the kidnapping, and has also been charged for assaulting an day care employee during the incident.
The incident occurred at about 1 p.m. at Child Care, Inc in Seymour. Police were able to locate the individuals later that day in Pigeon Forge.

Once-extinct Smokies fish making comeback
Biologists at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park say that they’ve successfully restored populations of the once-extinct fish species, the Smoky Mountain Madtom.
It was thought that the madtom species had been wiped out by the 1950s. At that time, poisons were released into the Abrams Creek area of the Smokies in order to improve trout populations by reducing the presence of other fishes.
Restoration efforts began after University of Tennessee researchers located surviving members of the Madtom in the Citico Creek watershed in the Cherokee National Forest in the 1980s. Eggs were collected the in area and raised in captivity, before being released back into the wild.
Now park biologist are reporting populations of the Smoky Madtom in both Citico Creek and Abrams Creek in the Smokies.

Tornados, storms in
West Tenn.
A string of severe thunderstorms in West Tennessee caused some injuries and property damage, especially in Henry, Weakley, and Gibson counties.
Officials reported a tornado touchdown in Henry County Tuesday afternoon injuring 20 people.
Property damage was reportedly affected several homes in the area and also the county’s emergency management center.
At least two people were admitted to area hospitals but suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Also, the Mohon International furniture manufacturing plant received some damage.
Several homes and businesses in both Weakley and Gibson counties were also damage or destroyed.
The severe weather was expected to march across the eastern part of the state over the course of Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.

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DUI helpers sued
A settlement has been reached in the case of a couple who were injured by a drunk driver who was helped to get gas by a gas station employee who knew the person was drunk.
They has sued Pioneer Oil, the owner of the Exxon gas station involved in the case. One of the station’s employees helped the drunk driver to get gas after refusing to sell him more beer.
The lawsuit was filed and approved in the Knox County Circuit Court on behalf of Gary L. West and Michell B. Richardson. The two were injured in July 2000 when their car was struck by a drunk driver.
The state Supreme Court decided earlier this year that gas station operators could be sued knowingly selling gas to an intoxicated individual.

Shots Fired on Love Road
Sevierville police were engaged police in a two-hour standoff Friday night after shots were fired on Love road.
Joe Peppers, of Sevierville, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after allegedly threatening his neighbor with a gun.
Sevierville PD eventually entered the home after there was no response from the man, and arrested him.

Morristown troops arrive
Ninety-eight members of the 278th Regimental Combat Team arrived in Morristown on Friday morning.
The soldiers traveled a parade route through downtown Morristown on their way to the National Guard Armory.
The soldiers represented towns from all corners of middle and east Tennessee.

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