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83-year-old motorcyclist recalls memories on the road

(WBIR-Greenback, Tn) An 83-year-old man from Greenback spent Memorial Day recalling his memories on the road.

WBIR first met Wesley Lane in the early 1960s. Lane's dog, Sandy, would sit on his lap as he drove his motorcycle. Recently, his family got a hold of the footage.

"He didn't care. He'd get on there and run his nose right around the windshield, get that cold air. I got up to 70 mph one time, just to see, and he didn't care. He loved it," Lane recalled.

Sandy died at 14 years old.

East TN bridges salute Medal of Honor recipients year-round

On Monday there were countless Memorial Day ceremonies across the country for Americans to take special notice of the sacrifices made by the nation's military veterans.

Yet, many of the largest physical celebrations of our most decorated veterans can often go unnoticed despite tens of thousands of people coming across them every day in East Tennessee.  These sometimes overlooked historical structures help bridge the present to a proud military past.

No one injured in Loudon Co. house fire

(WBIR- Loudon Co.) A house fire in Loudon County is under investigation.

Loudon County Fire Rescue responded to the house fire shortly after 10:30 p.m. Sunday night.

Nobody was home at the time, but one person lived at the home.

The house had several layers of roofing which caused the fire to last longer.

Extra patrols out on East TN rivers and lakes

(WBIR, Lenoir City/West Knox County) East Tenn. boaters are taking advantage of the nice weather and extended weekend.

Because of the extra boat traffic, more officers are patrolling the rivers and lakes, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

TWRA Officer Jeff Roberson spent Sunday out on Fort Loudon in West Knox County.

Man drowns in private pool in Lenoir City

Lenoir City police said one man drowned in a private pool Sunday evening in the Conkinnon Pointe Subdivision at about 5:30 p.m.

LifeStar flew the victim to Fort Sanders Hospital in Loundon County. Medical workers pronounced the man dead at the hospital.

Officials are calling the incident an accident. They're not releasing additional information until the family of the victim have been notified.

Take a tour of Cherokee Caverns.... in the dark!

Take a tour of Cherokee Caverns.... in the dark!

 

 

Cherokee Caverns to offer “Old Fashioned Lantern Tours”  on Saturday, May 25th from 10am til 4pm.   Tour caves the way they used to in the old days!  

Students, alumni prepare to say goodbye to old Greenback School

A school where generation after generation attended will soon see a big change.

"My son went there," said Ronnie Lett, a 1969 graduate of Greenback School. "My grandchildren are there now."

Come January, the 92-year-old Loudon County school will have a new building for the 900 students to go to. Located a few yards away from the current structure, the state-of-the-art building will cost $24 million.

On this last week of the last full year for students, alumni reflect on their time in the kindergarten through 12th grade school.