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Cumberland County Firefighters were called to a car fire on I-40 Friday morning. It happened on the eastbound side around the 321 miler marker. Officials have not released the details of the blaze, but they do say the vehicle was a total loss and no vehicle occupants were injured.
A 19-year-old from Tennessee will spend at least 10 years in prison for a drunken spring break crash that killed another tourist in Panama City Beach. Local8now reports that Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet sentenced Bruce George of Nolensville, Tenn., to a little over 10 years after he pleaded no contest to DUI manslaughter charges on Thursday. He said George didn't deserve treatment as a youthful offender. George was accused of drunk driving in a March crash that killed 22-year-old Brandon Beverly of Knoxville, Tenn. George will also be required to speak to high school students twice a year about the dangers of drunk driving.
There was a big buzz at the Chattanooga airport Thursday afternoon after a family arrived at the TSA Security Checkpoint with a large package containing some form of liquid. According to News Channel 9, the family told TSA agents that the package contained honey. However TSA agents would not allow the package on the plane and alerted Chattanooga police. The family was allowed to board and the plane taxied away from the terminal. However Chattanooga police ordered the plane back to the terminal and the family returned for further investigation. The package was opened and confirmed to indeed, be honey. The family was booked on a later flight... without their honey.
Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis have sponsored a bill that would require all of Tennessee’s law enforcement agencies to adopt written polices to ban racial profiling. Legislation introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would require all of the state's law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling. According to Local8now Kelsey said, "Whether you agree with the decision of Ferguson or not, we should all agree that racial profiling has no place in law enforcement in our state." The Legislaturebegins its annual session on Jan. 13.
Carson-Newman University has announced that Knoxville resident Roy Cockrum, who won the $259.8 million Powerball Lottery earlier this year, has donated $1 million to the University. Local8now reports Cockrum made the gift in honor of his mother, Mildred Knight Cockrum, a 1945 graduate of Carson-Newman. The gift will go toward an already endowed scholarship in her name.