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A Loudon County woman filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Knoxville over the city's decision to ban guns at Chilhowee Park during the Tennessee Valley Fair. Local 8 News reports that Pandora Vreeland’s suit claims the city and Mayor Rogero violated the “guns in parks” law by ruling Chilhowee Park a gun-free zone. The city says that Chilhowee is not a park;instead it’s an entertainment venue and therefore the law does not apply. The National Rifle Association is supporting Vreeland’s suit.
Due to potential inclement weather, SMHS is moving the Friday Homecoming game against Sequoyah to tomorrow (Thursday, October 8th). Homecoming and alumni activities have moved to 10/8 as well, same times. The game time will remain the same at 6:30 CST. East Tennessee Dodge will have the Ride to Drive event 4:30-6:15. For every test drive, a donation will be made to the Stone Memorial High School Football Program. Everyone is invited to come out and help cheer on the Panthers as they look to be 8-0 and help earn the team money in the process. Registration for the event will be quick and easy with several East Tennessee Dodge personnel to assist you just outside of the main ticket gate.
A suspect has been apprehended in Wednesday's fatal shooting in Putnam County which claimed the life of a male and critically injured a female. 34-year-old Willie Nathan Jones has been charged with second degree murder and aggravated assault. The shooting occurred in the Phifer Mountain / White Oak Flatt area of eastern Putnam County. Police have not released the victims' names or details surrounding the deadly shooting. Authorities did say that Jones has a long criminal record and at the time they were looking for him he was considered armed and very dangerous.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has CONFIRMED the state's first cougar sighting in modern history. TWRA recently received a photo of what appeared to be a cougar (mountain lion) taken on a trail camera on private land in Obion County in West Tennessee. The photo was taken shortly after 8 p.m. on the evening of Sept. 20. This cougar sighting doesn't mean that Tennessee has an established cougar population in Tennessee, but it could mean they are coming, however it could probably be decades before they had significant numbers in the Volunteer State. The TWRA says that cougars are protected animals and hunting and killing one in Tennessee is illegal. (Photo Courtesy TWRA Facebook Page).
A Tennessee Tech University student was found dead Tuesday at the TKE fraternity house in Cookeville. The Herald-Citizen reports that criminal activity and foul play do not appear to be factor’s in the 22-year-old man’s death. The TTU student went to the hospital on Monday because he was not feeling well and was later released. His identity was not immediately released. An autopsy will be performed and the incident is still under investigation.