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ORFD crew saves 12 people, 4 dogs near Dollywood

Oak Ridge firefighters helped rescue 12 people and four dogs from three cars surrounded by fires behind Dollywood near Pigeon Forge on Monday. The 12 visitors had been staying in rental cabins behind the Dollywood theme park. The rescue happened at about 11 p.m. Monday after wildfires fueled by high …

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New element officially named “tennessine”

The recently discovered element 117 has been officially named “tennessine” in recognition of Tennessee’s contributions to its discovery, including the efforts of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Tennessee collaborators at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee. “The presence of tennessine on the Periodic Table …

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Regional dispatch centers unveiled

After debuting its new TACN P25 radio network statewide in 2015, The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security looked for ways to gain better efficiency in the dispatch center operations.  As a result, a decision to consolidate district dispatch rooms into regional dispatch centers was made. The consolidation drops …

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Corwin’s killer to spend life in prison

The former Marine who stunned a California courtroom earlier this month when he admitted on the stand during his murder trial that he had killed Oak Ridge native Erin Corwin in 2014 and dumped her body down an abandoned mine shaft in the desert was sentenced earlier this week to …

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Briggs sentenced to life in 2014 murder

A Campbell County woman was sentenced Monday ollowing her conviction on a charge of of first and second degree murder in the 2014 death of Kenneth Koster in October. She will serve a mandatory life sentence on the first-degree murder conviction and 18 years on the second-degree conviction. Monica Briggs …

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Jennifer Jo Hawkins Suddeth, age 45, of Lake City

Jennifer Jo Hawkins Suddeth, age 45, of Lake City, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the Fort Loudon Medical Center in Lenoir City. She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 1, 1971 to Kenneth Joe Hawkins and JoAnn Disney. Jennifer was a member of Island Ford Baptist …

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