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Alleged Cemetery Vandal Gives Cops Bizarre Reason

Danny Frazier says he was attempting to resurrect grandmother in Tennessee

(Newser) - Police in Tennessee say a man caused almost $30,000 in damage to a cemetery in what he says was an attempt to resurrect his dead grandmother. A witness called the Knox County Sheriff's Office on Monday to report a homeless man had been vandalizing the cemetery at Huckleberry... More »

Bear Caught Roaming University Campus

It was captured inside University of Tennessee stadium

(Newser) - No humans—or bears—were harmed early Sunday after a 200-pound black bear wandered onto the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville. Campus police say they called the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency after the female bear was spotted on the grounds, CNN reports. She was tranquilized and captured inside the... More »

4-Year-Old Saves Toddler Sister: 'I Grabbed Her Tummy'

Gray Forrester was in the right place at the right time when 2-year-old Andie fell in the pool

(Newser) - Gray Forrester is just barely school age, but the 5-year-old has already earned the label of hero. WBIR reports that Gray was just 4 during an incident in their Knoxville, Tenn., yard that led to his 2-year-old sister, Andie, almost drowning. Their mom, Laura, said on the day in question... More »

A Toddler Drowned in a Day Care Pool. Her Twin Just Died

Tragedy in Tennessee at unlicensed child-care facility

(Newser) - A Tennessee toddler drowned in a day care's swimming pool Friday, and now her twin brother has also succumbed to his injuries, per the Knoxville News Sentinel . The little boy, identified by People as Elijah Orejuela, died Sunday after two days on life support; his sister, Elyssa Orejuela, died... More »

Knoxville Zoo Suffers a 'Catastrophic' Animal Loss

Zoo can't explain why 33 reptiles were found dead

(Newser) - Thirty-three reptiles were found dead last week at a Tennessee zoo, and officials there say they have no clues yet about how it happened. Zoo Knoxville told local news outlets that nearly all of the dead animals were snakes. They were all found dead in the reptile area. Surviving animals... More »

10 Fattest Cities in America

Jackson, Mississippi, takes the top spot

(Newser) - WalletHub has ranked 2017's fattest cities in America, and—as the US is once again the fattest country in the world—possibly the fattest cities anywhere. More than 70% of Americans over the age of 15 are considered overweight or obese by one metric. WalletHub ranked 100 of... More »

A Breakup, Then a Cheerleader's Murder

William Gaul charged in Emma Walker's shooting death

(Newser) - In splitting from her boyfriend, Emma Jane Walker, 16, "had chosen to move on," her aunt tells the Knoxville News Sentinel . "He refused to accept it." Walker—a cheerleader at Central High School in Knoxville, Tenn., who hoped to become a neonatal nurse, per WATE —... More »

Family: 'Miracle' Saved 5-Year-Old From Heart Attack

His dad gave him CPR for 16 minutes

(Newser) - Stone Buckner lost oxygen at birth so that he was "laying lifeless," says his father, David Buckner. "I saw God work that out." He's now witnessed a second "miracle." Now 5, Stone collapsed and stopped breathing on Friday, reports WATE . "I laid... More »

Mom: 'It Was an Honor' Son Died Shielding Others

Zaevion Dobson, 15, hailed as hero who died in apparent gang shooting

(Newser) - The day after their first Christmas without him, Zaevion Dobson's family will bury the 15-year-old high school sophomore who died last week as senselessly as he did selflessly. "It was an honor for my son to protect another individual," says mom Zenobia Dobson of her youngest, who... More »

High Schooler Killed While Shielding Girls From Gunfire

It appears to be random, gang-related violence

(Newser) - A high school football player was killed as he shielded three girls from gunfire as several men went on a shooting spree in Tennessee, police said Friday. The shootings that killed Zaevion Dobson, 15, began Thursday night, said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. The first person shot was Lisa Perry,... More »

Viral Posting Links Politicians to the KKK

But hacking group 'Anonymous' backs away from claims

(Newser) - The mayor of Knoxville, affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan? An online list that went viral Sunday makes that claim, but the hacker group Anonymous—which plans to out 1,000 KKK members on Thursday—is distancing itself from the message. "It is irresponsible and slanderous," Knoxville Mayor... More »

Bank Robbers May Have Sinister New Scheme

For second time, an employee's family is abducted in Tennessee

(Newser) - An unusual bank robbery took place in Knoxville, Tennessee, yesterday, in which the robbers took the family of a bank employee hostage first, reports ABC News . More troubling: Pretty much the same thing happened in the same area in April. “There are very strong similarities between the two robberies,... More »

5 US Flight Routes to Take If You Hate Yourself

Flights originating or landing at Chicago's O'Hare are delayed the most

(Newser) - Chicago and Knoxville, Tenn., are both great cities, but flying between the two of them often appears to be an aggravating experience, if data compiled by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics holds any weight. In a special project requested by the Wall Street Journal , the BTS tracked more than 1,... More »

One Twin Dies in Bus Crash, While Brother Survives

Cause of Knoxville collision that killed 3 remains unclear

(Newser) - Details are filtering out from yesterday's collision between two school buses in Knoxville, Tenn., that killed two kids and one adult . Among the more wrenching is that one of the children killed, 6-year Zykia Burns, had a twin brother on the same bus who wondered why his sister didn'... More »

Tenn. Cop Choked Student Until His Knees Buckled

Photos capture incident at University of Tennessee party

(Newser) - A Knox County, Tenn., sheriff's deputy has been swiftly fired after photos appeared online showing him choking a college student to the point that the 21-year-old's knees buckled. Student Jarod Dotson has been charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest—but the freelance photographer who caught the Saturday... More »

Police Remove Banners Warning of 'White Genocide'

Banners hung from overpass in Knoxville

(Newser) - Drivers on Interstate 640 in Knoxville were recently met with white supremacy messages when passing under the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge overpass, but police removed the banners bearing the messages yesterday, WATE reports. The two vinyl banners read, "'Diversity' is a code word for white genocide." Police... More »

America's Most 'Perfectly Average' City Is...

...Knoxville, Tenn., depending who you ask

(Newser) - New York Times economic policy reporter Annie Lowrey took to Twitter last week with a tough but fascinating question: "What is the most perfectly average place in the United States and why?" George Mason economics professor Tyler Cowen thinks he has the answer: Knoxville, Tenn. Writing on Marginal Revolution... More »

Tennessee Lawmaker's Insulting Email Goes Viral

Campfield tells critics to get therapy, meds

(Newser) - The good news is that Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield takes the time to respond to his critics' emails. The bad news is that he replies thusly:
  • “You seem to have some serious, deep anger issues. Have you ever thought about therapy? I hear they are doing some wonderful
... More »

This Is 1 of Only 3 Major US Cities in Recovery

Pittsburgh, Dallas, Knoxville the only ones currently in economic recovery

(Newser) - Everybody knows the US economy has been struggling since the recession ended in 2009. But just how bad are things? Of the United States' 76 major metropolitan areas, just three are in economic recovery now, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution, reports Reuters . That may seem terrible,... More »

Hot Fudge Disagreement May Mean Jail Time

Tennessee man punches McDonald's employee over sauce

(Newser) - A Knoxville man punched a McDonald's employee during an argument over a $1 hot fudge sundae. Now he faces more than $1,000 in fines and up to 364 days in prison, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel . "It had chocolate on the bottom," James Wilson explained to... More »

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