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Pair living in van face animal cruelty charges


A Blount County mother and son are facing animal cruelty charges after officers found nearly a dozen starving animals living with them inside a van.

Officers say Jeanna Gardner and Shawn Gardner were evicted from the home where they lived in Louisville back in October.

Last week, officers found five dogs and six cats, all in poor health, living with the Gardners inside a van.

One of the cats later died. A necropsy showed it starved to death.

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Blount Co. family fights flu on New Year's Eve


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LOUISVILLE - While thousands across East Tennessee celebrated New Year's Eve, some spent the night sick in bed.

Dog survives choking, 30 foot fall after elevator accident


Driver in fatal Alcoa Hwy. crash still in critical condition


A man hurt in a crash on Alcoa Highway that killed his son is still in critical condition, according to Alcoa police.

Rural Metro took Joseph Eatherly, 61, of Oak Ridge to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Officials pronounced Eatherly's 35-year-old son, Eric, of Chattanooga dead at the scene.

Officers said Joseph Eatherly was trying to make a U-turn near the Airport Hilton when a Ford Escape crashed into his car just before 6:40 a.m. Monday.

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Service & Sacrifice: Secret Jungle Warrior


An East Tennessee man who helped rescue downed American pilots in Vietnam and spy on enemy troops saw his service largely ignored for decades by the US government.

"…your just like an animal, you live one night here, one night there," said Mr. Dang Lee who gained American citizenship back in the early eighties. Born into the Hmong culture in Laos, Mr. Lee earned a technical degree in America that lead to a job designing and building mufflers he held for decades.

24 people facing charges after drug trafficking investigation


(WBIR) A total of 24 people are facing charges as part of an investigation into a heroin and cocaine trafficking ring based in East Tennessee.

A federal grand jury indicted 11 people, including nine Blount County residents on federal drug charges Tuesday.

Alcoa City Schools plan to reopen Monday after illness