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Follis convicted of first-degree murder

An Anderson County man is facing the possibility of the death penalty after a jury took less than two hours Tuesday to convict him of first-degree murder in the death of his elderly uncle over four years ago. An 8-woman, 4-man jury convicted 52-year-old Norman Lee Follis Jr. of strangling …

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Two Anderson County drug rings cracked

During a press conference Monday afternoon, law enforcement officials provided information on a multi-county, multi-year investigation they say cracked not one, but two, cocaine trafficking conspiracies in and around Oak Ridge. The investigation began in 2012, according to Anderson County District Attorney General Dave Clark, who was flanked by representatives …

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Murder trial begins in Anderson

The first degree murder trial of 52-year-old Norman Lee Follis Jr. began Monday in Clinton. Follis is facing the death penalty in the death of his uncle, 79-year-old Sammie Adams of Claxton in late 2011 or early 2012. Follis admits that he strangled Adams with an extension cord but his …

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Byron, 18, wins CWTS at Kansas

(MRN) William Byron was in the right place at the right time Friday night at Kansas Speedway, advancing from third place to Victory Lane after contact on the final lap sent front-runners Johnny Sauter and Ben Rhodes up the track and toward the wall as Byron motored past. The night’s …

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Kyle Busch takes SCS race at Kansas

(MRN) Kyle Busch passed Tony Stewart for his final lead of the night thirty-seven laps from the finish and kept the Number-18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in front the rest of the way Saturday at Kansas Speedway, notching his third victory of the season. Busch started sixth, took his first …

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ORT: 33 indicted in two cocaine conspiracies

(Oak Ridge Today) At least 33 people have been indicted by the Anderson County Grand Jury in two alleged  conspiracies to distribute 300 grams or more of cocaine. The indictments allege that the two conspiracies, one involving 11 people and the other involving 24, both occurred between May 14 and …

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Ex-ORPD officer indicted on statutory rape charge

A former Oak Ridge Police officer was indicted last week by the Anderson County grand jury on charges that he had sex with a 16-year-old girl while on duty last year. The indictment returned May 3rd charges 31-year-old Cassen Jackson-Garrison with one count each of aggravated statutory rape and official …

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TVA to get rid of floating homes in 30 years

Meeting in West Tennessee on Thursday, the TVA board of directors voted 7-2 to phase out floating homes on lakes within the next 30 years. Earlier this year, TVA had proposed phasing the homes out after 20 years but that proposal was met with opposition from homeowners, marina owners and …

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Campbell crash kills one, injures two

A head-on collision in Campbell County killed one man and injured two others on Thursday morning. The Tennessee Highway Patrol says the crash happened at around 8:15 am just outside Lafollette. 28-year-old Eric Campbell of Briceville had been headed east in a Ford F150 pickup truck when he crossed the …

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