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Loudon Co. dairy farm goes solar


A Loudon County Dairy Farm known for its cheese is now also a solar farm.

Sweetwater Valley Farm in Philadelphia recently installed its second solar generating station. The 126 solar panels are on the roof of the cheese factory and retail store building. They can generate almost 40 kilowatts of power on a sunny day.

The 1,000 acre farm uses a lot of electricity keeping the dairy cows cool and running a cheese production factory. The solar panels will provide about 25 percent of the power used by the farm.

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Victim in fiery crash that shut down I-40 ID'd


Police have identified the victim in a morning crash on I-40 in Loudon County that shut down the interstate for several hours.

Charles Phillips, 24, of Lenoir City, died in the wreck.

A semi hit the back of Phillips' car, which sent his car crashing into the back of another semi truck, and all three vehicles caught fire.

The other two drivers in the crash were not injured.

The wreck happened at about 6:48 a.m. near mile marker 364. I-40 reopened just after 3 p.m.

Service dog helps injured veteran find balance


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(WBIR) A Jefferson County veteran, who lost both his legs to a bomb blast in Iraq, has a new friend to lean on.

Lenoir City residents start petition against proposed cell tower


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Saturday morning, residents in Lenoir City will raise concerns about a 180-foot cellphone tower that may be built within a mile of their home.

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Milk truck overturns on I-75 in Loudon Co.


(WBIR) A milk truck overturned on Interstate 75 southbound in Loudon County early Friday morning.

No one was injured in the accident that happened shortly before 3 a.m. near mile marker 79, according to dispatch.

Thief stuffs $300 worth of meat down his pants


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A suspected meat thief was caught on camera just before he stuffed hundreds of dollars worth of beef down his pants.

TBI investigating death of person in THP custody


The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the death of man who died while in Tennessee Highway Patrol custody.

Kevin Courtner, 33, died of unknown causes after being arrested Friday evening.

TBI Spokesperson Josh Devine said Courtner led THP troopers on a chase on Interstate 40 in Loudon County and then crashed. When he was arrested, THP said he became combative.

THP attempted to perform CPR when they found him unresponsive. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.