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“National Park Week” starts April 19

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Spring is one of the best times to visit most National Parks as the wildflowers are starting to bloom and dot the landscape. More>>

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TVA May power bills to drop from April; but up 4.2% from last year

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TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said TVA's cheapest power source -- the rain-fed reservoirs that supply water for TVA's 29 power-generating dams -- was 43 percent below forecast during March due to below normal rainfall and runoff. More>>

Traffic stop nets drugs and fugitive

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Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested 26-year-old Margot Lynne Etheridge and 44-year-old Alex Dean Crosby after a traffic stop on April 10 and discovered drugs and a fugitive. More>>

T-Mobile to hire more than 125 for Chattanooga Call Center

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Cellular service provider T-Mobile will host an open house hiring event to fill over 125 positions in the Chattanooga call center.
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WANTED: Man seen on tape sexually abusing a child

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The search for John Doe 28 is part of Operation Rescue Me and the Endangered Child Alert program. The programs focus on identifying both victims and suspects seen in child exploitation videos and images. More>>

THP helps in six-state I-75 crackdown this weekend

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During the three day period, law enforcement agencies on I-75 in all six states will have an increased presence, focusing on distracted driving. More>>

Which supermarket is the best?

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Consumer Reports' supermarket ratings are based on a survey of more than 27,000 readers. More than half had at least one complaint and almost a third had two or more problems. More>>

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Higher fuel costs push up TVA electric rates in April

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Consumers who heat with electric furnaces have already paid electric bills averaging 15 to 30 percent more than last winter in the Tennessee Valley due to colder weather. More>>

Wal-Mart recalls 174,000 dolls over burn risk

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Consumers should stop using the product, remove the batteries and return them to any Wal-Mart store for a refund. More>>

Home Depot groups hit 10,000 mark in homes project

Nonprofits backed by the Home Depot Foundation have improved more than 10,000 homes for veterans as part of the retail giant's grant program. More>>

Juvenile shot by police in Cherokee County, NC

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A high speed chase ends with a juvenile being shot by police.
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TVA to update progress on long-range plan

The Tennessee Valley Authority is set to discuss progress in updating the utilities long-range energy resources plan along with more than 1,100 comments from the public. More>>

Murphy man arrested on drug charges during traffic stop

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During a vehicle stop on March 20 at the Grizzly bear Intersection of Hwy 64 West Brendon Jacobsen, a Murphy North Carolina resident was arrest for controlled substance violations. More>>

Murphy man arrested on drug charges at Dollar General

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Deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office arrested Paul Richard Lucas from Hayesville. More>>

Murphy man captured by authorities

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Matthew Don Mueller, a fugitive from justice, was captured and taken into custody at the West Motel in Murphy NC. More>>

NC police seek man who sucked toes at Wal-Mart

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The suspect convinced a woman that he was a podiatry student and persuaded her to take off her shoes. More>>

Who uses food stamps? Millions of children

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In recent years, experts say, many people also have turned to the food stamp program because of a short-term job loss or cut in hours. That's a temporary safety net the program is supposed to provide. More>>

Increasing winds create problems around the Tennessee Valley and beyond

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A cold front is slipping into the Tennessee Valley and causing our winds to shift and blow from the northwest at 20-30mph. More>>

Lowe's hiring 25,000 seasonal employees

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The length of the seasonal employment varies; however, seasonal employees are most needed in spring and summer months. More>>

Home Depot to add 80,000 positions for spring season, 60 locally

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Home Depot is one world's largest home improvement retailer, with 2,263 retail stores in all 50 states. More>>

So how much snow DID we get?

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The infamous March 13, 1993 Blizzard dropped 20 inches of snow in the Tennessee Valley. Wednesday's snow didn't even come close.
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UPDATE: TDOT continues to salt, plow roads statewide

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The winter storm forced some cities to close roads as a safety precaution for motorists. Officials urge residents in ALL areas to stay off the roads if possible. More>>

Minute by minute: Snow slams the Tennessee Valley

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A substantial snow event has kept some people in the Tennessee Valley at home, and others at work. More>>

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Tips to stay safe and warm in a winter storm

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If your power or heat were interrupted, how would you keep yourself and your family warm and safe? More>>

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Pro-UAW VW workers criticize outside groups

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UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel said that other politicians should follow the lead of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and "respect these workers' right to make up their own minds." More>>

Funding approved for Smokies historical collection site

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The new facility will preserve 422,000 historical artifacts and 450,000 archival records, including photos, records and items from families who lived on the farmsteads of the Southern Appalachians in pre-park days. More>>

UPDATE: Teenage victim of violence laid to rest

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Deontrey Southers, 13, was shot inside his E. 50th St. home last week. He died on the way to the hospital. Police haven't charged anyone in the teen's death. More>>

Local vet warns pets must be kept warm as temperatures drop

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As the cold snap continues in the Tennessee Valley, local Veterinarian Dr. Jim Hammond offers some cold weather tips to pet owners. The Northgate Animal Hospital vet said all pets should be kept inside. More>>

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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee extends deadline for Obamacare

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BlueCross, one of three health plans under the new exchanges in Tennessee, has garnered the biggest share of the 36,077 Tennesseans who have signed up so far. More>>

Murphy man sentenced for child sex offense

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69-year-old John Joseph Watts of  Murphy, North Carolina , entered a guilty plea in connection with 2012 child sexual assault charges. More>>

Are you ready for some real winter weather?

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Tonight we will see a few showers ending early and as the cold air filters in some of the light rain showers will turn to snow showers. More>>

Man searching for stolen RV

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A North Carolina man is searching for his RV.  It was stolen from storage sometime this past week. More>>

NC unlikely to get money back for Smokies opening

North Carolina officials don't expect to be repaid for the money they spent to help keep part of the Smoky Mountains National Park open during the federal government shutdown earlier this year. More>>

U.S. 64 shutdown in Murphy snarled traffic, closed several businesses

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A fuel tanker carrying 9000 gallons of fuel wrecked on Highway 64 in Cherokee County early Monday morning. More>>

Victim: Man poses as potential buyer, steals car

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Sheriff's deputies arrested a man accused of stealing a car after posing as a potential buyer. More>>

2 arrested in connection with break ins

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Two people are behind bars in connection with a string of home break ins in Cherokee County. More>>

Wanted fugitive arrested in Cherokee Co.

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Cherokee County sheriff's deputies arrested a fugitive from Georgia Thursday. More>>

UPDATE: Work to start soon on Highway 64 in Polk Co.

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 The rock slide along the Ocoee River, that shut down part of Highway 64 in Polk County is still causing some delays. It happened a week ago.
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Aliens descend on Chattanooga with new Internet service

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Thanks to a new communications satellite launched in 2011, a company named Exede Internet is beaming a message of hope from outer space to those stranded in the Internet wastelands. More>>

A North Carolina principal makes good on his promise

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A North Carolina principal makes good on his promise. More>>

Cherokee Co. man arrested on sexual assault charges

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The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office arrested 22-year-old Mark Wayne Flippin, on Wednesday, October 16 on sexual assault charges. More>>

Cherokee tribe will open second casino in NC

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North Carolina's Cherokee Indians are moving ahead with plans to build a second casino. Tribal leaders are holding a ceremonial kickoff Tuesday for the $110 million project. More>>

North Carolina shooting and dog attack sends two to hospital and one to jail

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The North Carolina Magistrate set a $10,000.00 secure bond for Wilson, who has an October 15th, 2013 District Court date. More>>

Murphy men cited for illegal gaming machines

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Two Murphy men face charges for allegedly operating illegal gaming machines. More>>

Justice Dept to sue N. C. over new voter law

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The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over tough new voting rules, the latest effort by the Obama administration to fight back against a Supreme Court decision that struck down the most powerful part of the landmark Voting Rights Act and freed southern states from strict federal oversight of their elections. More>>

Murphy man arrested on indecent liberties with a child

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On Wednesday, 71-year- old Joseph Eugene Heard of Murphy, North Carolina, was arrested for indecent liberties with a child More>>

Murphy man charged with abusing, starving horses

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A Murphy man faces animal abuse charges after animals were found mistreated and abused in his care. More>>

Convicted sex offender arrested on child sex allegations

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A North Carolina man was arrested on child sex charges. More>>

Cherokee Co. officials bust marijuana grow operation

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Cherokee County officials busted an indoor marijuana operation Wednesday. More>>

Sex offender arrested on protected property

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A 40 year old Murphy North Carolina woman is in custody for being on the Tri County College campus which also houses the Tri County Early College, a local high school. More>>

Murphy man arrested on child sex charges

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A Murphy man was arrested and accused of trying to have sexual relations with a child according to Cherokee County deputies. More>>

Tennessee man's body found in western NC creek

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a man's body in a creek near Harrah's Cherokee Hotel and Casino in western North Carolina. More>>

Dayton Angler Neal juggles FLW Tour, school and business

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Rhea county's Michael Neal has mastered the art of juggling. At 21-years-old he runs and operates the Dayton Boat Dock which is hosting this weekend's FLW fishing tournament on Chickamauga Lake.
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Local Fishing Tackle taking off with FLW

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It started as a challenge between a Tennessee fishing pro and his wife to make better fishing tackle.
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Wilderness Medicine a must to play outdoors

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As summer starts, many of us will be spending more time outdoors. From falls, to snake bites, there are dangers out there. There's also a right and a wrong way to treat injuries. More>>

Man charged with murder in connection with death of NC man

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A North Carolina man has been arrested in connection with a July 15, 2012 death. More>>

Storms clear, but threat of flooding remains

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Showers and storms should end by around sunset this Sunday evening. Please be aware that even after storms are gone some roads/intersections may remain under water from flash flooding. More>>

Weather related road problems

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List of road problems across Tennessee Valley More>>

Investigators seize spice, cash from Cherokee Co. store

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Cherokee County deputies seized a large amount of synthetic marijuana, or Spice, from a store in Murphy. More>>

2 men charged with impersonating officer in Cherokee Co.

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Cherokee County sheriff's deputies arrested two men for allegedly impersonating law enforcement officers. More>>

Cherokee Co. man arrested on sexual assault charges

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A Murphy man is accused of sexually assaulting a child.
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Murphy man charged with attempted murder

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Cherokee County deputies arrested a man on attempted murder charges. More>>

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