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New Choto fire station opening soon


There are about 55-hundred homes within a 3-mile radius of the station.
Back in December, the developer said without it, the Choto area had the worst fire protection rating for insurance purposes.
The new station should keep insurance rates down for homeowners.



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Dozens of graves looted at Farragut cemetery


(WBIR-Farragut) Some families arrived at the Pleasant Forest Cemetery to find their loved ones graves had been looted.

“I fail to understand why someone would do it,” Clyde Floyd said.

Floyd was one of the few lucky ones. He and his wife’s future graves were spared, but he shares the anger of those who were not.

"Why take tattered flowers? Why take faded statues off of graves like they did,” Wallie Culbreth questioned.

Lightning blamed for sparking apartment fire, no one hurt

UPDATE: The American Red Cross of East Tennessee is assisting 43 people displaced by afire at a west Knoxville apartment complex.


Firefighters say a lightning strike sparked a fire at Manor View apartments.

Everyone in the 20-unit building made it out safely.

Firefighters are now working to track the source of smoke in the building. They believe that the lightning traveled through the wiring in the attic.

City issues "emergency order of repair" for apartment decks

(WBIR) The city of Knoxville is ordering management of a local apartment complex to repair their wooden decks before being considered safe.

The public service director for the city, David Brace, said he plans to finish filing paperwork Wednesday for an "emergency order to repair," of the decks at Sunflower Apartments complex in West Knoxville. He said the decks are very old, wooden and haven't been well-maintained.

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No students hurt in school bus crash in west Knox County

No students were hurt in a school bus crash Thursday morning in west Knox County, according to Knox County Schools.

The school bus was carrying 39 students to Karns Elementary when it got into an accident near the intersection of Bakertown Road and Foote Mineral Lane at about 8 a.m. A replacement bus took the children to school.

Knox County Schools notified parents of the crash though the its notification system.

Knox County deputies haven't released how the crash happened.

Greek Orthodox Church wasn't required to have alarm system

Knoxville firefighters said Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Knoxville, which was heavily damage in a fire on Sunday, wasn't required to have a fire alarm system and didn't have one in the sanctuary.

Church moves forward day after sanctuary fire

Body of man sought in Sunday shooting found in West Knox

A man sought by Knox County authorities in a Sunday shooting has been found dead, a firearm near his side, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives found Benjamin Hackney's body in woods near 9906 Coward Mill Road - not far from his home - about 6 p.m. Monday. He'd been shot.

A member of the public provided the tip that led to the 46-year-old Hackney's body after spotting his Chevy S10 pickup.