Knox County, TN


Knox County Vice Lord gang member convicted of First Degree Murder

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen’s Career Gang Unit obtained convictions against a Vice Lord member who shot and killed a young man after mistaking him for a rival gang member. Jeffery Milton Stokes, 34, was convicted of First Degree Murder and Reckless Endangerment. Judge Scott Green...
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Knoxville, Knox County Schools reach agreement on school security

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with the City of Knoxville said Mayor Indya Kincannon and Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas agreed on language from a proposed new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the city and Knox County Schools on school safety. The proposed agreement will be discussed at the...
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School bus accident reported in the Heiskell Community

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Rural Metro Fire and Knox County Rescue were on the scene of an accident between a car and a school bus on Gamble Rd in the Heiskell Community. According to the tweet from Rural Metro, there are no injuries. Gamble Road will be closed for thirty...

Mayor Jacobs to host kids’ trivia night

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs announced he will host a kid’s trivia night to celebrate the Fourth of July early. The game night will take place Tuesday, June 29 at New Harvest Park from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participation is free and open to children up to 11-years-old.

Blaine to seek dismissal of stop sign lawsuit

BLAINE – The city of Blaine will ask a judge to dismiss a claim by a Knox County resident that the town was partially liable for her injuries in a June 2018 motor vehicle accident. The lawsuit filed last week in Grainger County Circuit Court by Susana Ilea also names...

KUB responds to Commissioner Biggs’ open letter

Earlier today, County Commissioner Justin Biggs sent a letter objecting to KUB’s plans to enter the broadband business, providing high speed internet services to 100% of our electric system customers in Knox and surrounding counties. While Commissioner Biggs is certainly entitled to his own opinion of this proposal, there are several statements in his letter I feel compelled to address. Specifically:
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Motorcycle Rider Hit by Suspected Carjacker Dies From His Injuries

The motorcycle rider struck by a carjacking suspect on Chapman Highway dies from his injures. Police say 44 year-old Berlon Williams succumbed to his injuries and passed away at UT Medical Center after sustaining significant injuries when he was hit by a vehicle on Chapman Highway near E. Martin Mill Pike on June 4. The vehicle was being driven by 39-year-old Jimmy Beaver, who is accused of taking the vehicle at knifepoint at 11th Street and Cumberland Avenue before fleeing the scene. Beaver was arrested at the scene of the crash and subsequently charged with carjacking, vehicular assault and aggravated robbery. Additional charges could be filed.

Commissioner Biggs sends open letter regarding KUB broadband proposal

Dear members of the Knoxville City Council and the Knoxville Utilities Board of Commissioners,. Recently our community has followed with great interest the proposal from the Knoxville Utilities Board to spend approximately $700 million over 10 years to move into the broadband business, From reports it appears that $500M covers the capital costs with an additional $200M for interest on bonds, taxes, and the loan to the fiber division.