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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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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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Tuesday high school hoops round-up

Here is a look at Tuesday night’s local high school basketball action. At Clinton, the Oak Ridge Lady Wildcats defeated the Clinton Lady Dragons for a 59th consecutive time dating back to 1990, 61-19. Oak Ridge (3-1, 1-0) was led by Mykia Dowdell with 18 points and Jada Guinn with …

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FEMA authorizes funds for Chimney Top firefighting efforts

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to Tennessee to fight the Chimney Top Fire in Sevier County. This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling …

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Smoky Mountain Fire information

Sevier County officials Wednesday morning confirmed a fourth fatality from the devastating firestorm that erupted Monday evening as well as about four dozen injuries.  One firefighter suffered minor injuries overnight Tuesday but is expected to be okay. As we reported, Tuesday, three people with severe burns were transferred from UT Medical Center to …

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