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Lightning strike leaves 11K LCUB customers in the dark

LCUB says a lightning strike left 11,000 customers in the dark Thursday evening.

The utility says two substations were affected after the strike.

The majority of the customers affected were in Lenoir City, but some people in West Knoxville around Northshore also lost power.

TDEC announces first 6 Select Tennessee sites

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development says the first six Select Tennessee Certified Sites are ready for development.

The Select Tennessee program helps Tennessee communities prepare available sites for investment and expansion.

To become certified, a site must have at least 20 developable acres, be properly zoned, have good road access and either have all utilities at the site or a formal plan to extend them to the site.

Body found in Ft. Loudoun Lake identified

(WBIR-Loudon County,TN)


A man whose body was found in Fort Loudoun Lake early Tuesday morning has been identified as 75-year-old Tony Heitzman, according to TWRA.

Heitzman's family said he had gone fishing and never returned home. His boat was found Monday night.

Officials say there are no signs of foul play, and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.


Rescuers found the body of a man whose family reported him missing after he failed to return from a missing trip on Ft. Loudoun Lake Monday.

Philadephia City Council meets in elementary school after city hall collapse

(WBIR- Philadelphia) The Philadelphia City Council held its first meeting Monday after Mother Nature forced them out of city hall.

The city council has been without a home since an outer wall and part of the roof collapsed earlier this month. The mayor suspects the blame for that damage lies with heavy rain.

Monday, the council held its monthly meeting in the cafeteria of Philadelphia Elementary School.

Darin Erin vs. Police Dogs

This is "Photographer JJ" filling in for Darin' Erin while she is out of the country. As Erin's photographer, I've been right by her side on many of her dares.

Let me clarify.  When I say "by her side" I mean safely behind the camera observing whatever calamity she finds herself in day to day. This week's punishment includes pitting her wits and physical skills against some of Tennessee's finest officers.

Fishermen rescue two adults, child who capsized below Ft. Loudoun Dam

Fellow fisherman were able to rescue three people who were thrown into the water Wednesday evening near Fort Loudoun Dam.

TWRA says the man, woman, and 5-year-old child were fishing below the dam when the turbulence from the water being spilled over the dam started pulling the boat into the spillway.

The boat's operator, Dustin Hooper, 38, of Madisonville, was unable to get the motor started to get the boat to safer water.  Eventually, the boat capsized, throwing Hooper, Brandy Runyon, 36, and Braylnn Runyon, 5, into the water. 

Loudon Co. approves funeral home, not crematory

A vacant Loudon County bank will not be turned into a crematorium after all, but there could still be a funeral home on the site.

The Loudon County Planning Board approved Larry Click's request to operate a funeral home in the old United Community Bank. The board approved the request only after Click withdrew his request to make it a crematory as well.

The decision comes after an April meeting where residents voiced concerns over a crematorium's potential effect on traffic, parking and the environment.