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Public hearing tonight on proposed west Knoxville hospital


The public will have a chance to comment on a proposed Tennova hospital in west Knoxville Monday night.

Tennova wants to replace Physicians Regional Medical Center in north Knoxville with a new facility off Middlebrook Pike. Tennova's parent-company bought two parcels of land for the hospital in August. Some residents from both neighborhoods opposed the plans.

McKamey Road reopens


A west Knoxville road is back open.

McKamey Road reopened to traffic from Ball Camp Pike to Western Avenue with a new addition: a right turn lane.

The stretch of road has been closed for the past several weeks as part of an ongoing Tennessee Department of Transportation project to widen Western Avenue.

Now that McKamey is back open, TDOT will once again shut down a nearby section of Ball Camp Pike between Dewine Street and Matlock Road to finish work in that area. The closure begins Monday, Nov. 3.

Plastic owl factory moves from abroad to East Tenn.


(WBIR) A manufacturing company is bringing one of its products from across the ocean to East Tennessee.

Dalen Products moved some of its plastic owl manufacturing to Knox County in September. This week, they will begin shipping out the East Tennessee-made products.

Company leaders say they're happy to move the work from abroad to here in the United States.

Woman charged after accident caused by texting


Knoxville Police said a woman was texting while driving, which caused her to lose control of her SUV and crash into a utility pole.

The crash, which happened Thursday morning on Middlebrook Pike near Robinson Road, shut down one lane of Middlebrook Pike for about five hours.

Investigators cited the driver, Melanie Sheffler, with careless driving. They said she was reading text messages when the accident happened. Her SUV ran off the road, hit the pole, then rolled down an embankment.

Guns in parks becomes discussion in Farragut


(WBIR - West Knox County) Right now, guns are banned from parks in Knox County.

The discussion centers around Campbell Station Park. The change was recently voted down at a citizen forum. Now, Liston Matthews has submitted a petition to bring up the issue again.

Tennessee state law allows each county and municipality to decide whether or not to allow concealed carry in parks -- Farragut bans them.

WBIR takes part in Make a Difference Day


WBIR joined millions of volunteers across the country on Saturday in taking part in USA WEEKEND Make a Difference Day.

USA WEEKEND magazine started Make a Difference Day more than 20 years ago to encourage people to help improve their communities.

Man arrested after fake 911 robbery call


(WBIR) A man is facing charges accused of lying about an armed robbery at an apartment complex. It happened Monday night at Sunchase Apartments on North Cedar Bluff Road in West Knox County.

The Sheriff's Office said Jordan Ray called 911 saying someone assaulted him and stole his money. The department responded with heavy police presence.