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A federal safety panel is raising concerns about whether some facilities at the Y-12 nuclear plant in Oak Ridge could withstand a major earthquake. According to Local 8 Now, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board has recommended that the National Nuclear Security Administration conduct a new evaluation of the risks at Building 9215 and Beta-2E before proceeding with a plan that would extend use of the facilities. The government is trying to get out of the 9212 uranium complex as quickly as possible because of deterioration.
Police in Murfreesboro are investigating how a stick of live dynamite ended up under a pile of debris at a busy intersection. The explosive was found by a city crew making repairs on a drain pipe. There is speculation that it came from a construction site. Because old dynamite can be highly unstable, the THP bomb squad was called in to remove it. If authorities can track down the owner, that person could be fined.
The Stone Memorial High School Panthers extended their season with a 60-56 overtime win over the Warren County Pioneers in the first round of the District 6-AAA Basketball Tournament at CCHS Thursday evening. The Panthers, the 3 seed in the tourney, trailed by 12 late in the second quarter, but fought back to post the win. The victory moves the Panthers into a semi-final game against Cookeville Saturday at 4:30 and also secures a Region Tournament berth for SMHS. In Thursdays first round girls game, the Lady Panthers held the Cookeville Lady Cavs scoreless for the first twelve minutes and led for the first 27 minutes of action, but Cookeville came from behind and slipped past the Lady Panthers 26-24. With the win the Lady Cavs advance to the semi-finals where they will meet White County, the Lady Panthers season comes to a close.
Friday's schedule will close out the first round games in the tourney as the Warren County and Rhea County girls meet at 6:00 followed by the Cumberland County High School Jets game against the Eagles of Rhea County set to begin at 7:30.
Saturday the four semi-final games will be played beginning at 3:00 with all the action at Cumberland County High School. SMHS games air live on Mix 99.3 and you can hear the CCHS games on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY.
Rockwood authorities investigated a Facebook post that seemed to imply a threat to Rockwood High School students. Local 8 Now reports that Alan Reed with Roane County schools says students brought the threat to school officials Wednesday night. Investigators found the threat originated from Baltimore, Maryland, and no one local was involved. Further investigation revealed the threat was not credible.
The Roane County Sheriff's Office says a man accused of stabbing his father has been apprehended. According to Local 8 Now, Steven Edward Jones is in custody after an extensive man hunt during which Roane County officials warned residents in the Dry Hill area to keep their doors locked. Sheriff Jack Stockton says for some reason, Jones got upset with his dad and then stabbed him multiple times. After, Jones was shot at by his mother, he took off running from their house. Authorities report that Jones has a history of violence.