Blue Plum Festival kicks off Friday, thousands of dollars still owed to last year’s vendors

Blue Plum Festival kicks off Friday, thousands of dollars still owed to last year’s vendors JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – In less than 24 hours, the annual Blue Plum Festival will kick off in downtown Johnson City. Organizers say the show will go on, despite efforts to pay back thousands…

East Tennessee woman says husband may be 15th Gatlinburg fire victim

East Tennessee woman says husband may be 15th Gatlinburg fire victim PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WATE) – An East Tennessee woman said her husband may be the 15th victim of the Gatlinburg wildfires. Sevier County officials said 14 people died that night. Janice McAllister said her husband, Danny, died in late…

Law updates vision screenings in Virginia public schools

Law updates vision screenings in Virginia public schools RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — If students can’t see well, they can’t learn well. So Virginia has adopted a new state law to improve student vision screenings. The law will allow schools to partner with nonprofit groups and use digital technology in testing…

Al Gore slams President Donald Trump for withdrawing from Paris climate agreement

Al Gore slams President Donald Trump for withdrawing from Paris climate agreement Tennesseans weighed in on President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate accord.        Source: GANNETT Syndication Service Click to read more.

MTSU, police, apartment managers meet again to talk about crime

MTSU, police, apartment managers meet again to talk about crime MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Drugs seem to be the root of the problem in a recent rash of violent crimes at apartment complexes near Middle Tennessee State University, according to the city’s mayor. None of the acts have been random,…

Athens families return home, continue rebuilding 6 months after tornado

Athens families return home, continue rebuilding 6 months after tornado ATHENS (WATE) – It’s been six months since an EF 2 tornado swept through McMinn County, leaving devastation in its path. Winds of an estimated 110 miles per hour ripped trees from the ground and turned buildings into rubble on…

Walmart Is Accused of Punishing Workers for Sick Days

Walmart Is Accused of Punishing Workers for Sick Days A report says that the retail giant routinely refuses to accept doctors’ notes and penalizes workers who need to take care of an ailing family member. Source: NYT > U.S. Click to read more.

Trump's Speech On Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal, Annotated

Trump's Speech On Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal, Annotated https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3wE7MO1uSw The United States will withdraw from the international climate agreement known as the Paris accord, President Trump announced on Thursday . He said the U.S. will negotiate either re-entering the Paris agreement or a new deal that would put American workers…

Family recounts terrifying moments 17-year-old drowned in Mt. Juliet

Family recounts terrifying moments 17-year-old drowned in Mt. Juliet MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Cedar Creek Recreational area in Mt. Juliet is a popular swimming spot, especially on a holiday. Several people witnessed a teenager drown in shallow water on Memorial Day. Alejandra Garcia’s family told News 2 she…

26K still without power, residents living in damaged homes

26K still without power, residents living in damaged homes The latest round of storms Thursday caused additional problems for Memphis residents and crews working to turn on the lights for thousands.  Source: WMC Action News 5 – News Click to read more.