Melanie Vásquez Russell, WREG News Channel 3

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UT football player Jaylen McCollough assault case bound over to grand jury

A criminal case involving Tennessee football player Jaylen McCollough has been bound over to a grand jury after differing testimonies were given in court. → Read More

‘School Safety Toolkit’ launched by Gov. Lee for Tennessee families

A new resource related to education and safety in Tennessee schools for families has been announced by the Governor’s Office. → Read More

Gov. Lee issues Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation for TN

The Tennessee proclamation follows the National Hispanic Heritage Month timeline, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. → Read More

First Lady Jill Biden, Cardona in East Tennessee for education tour

First Lady Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona are kicking off the Road to Success Back to School Bus Tour in East Tennessee. → Read More

Fatal plane crash in Jacksboro under investigation

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a plane crash in Jacksboro. → Read More

TN leaders host Truth in Sentencing ceremonial bill signing in Knoxville

Tennessee state leaders and Knox County law enforcement officials honored victims of violent crimes and their families with a ceremonial signing of the Truth in Sentencing bill, which will go into effect next month. → Read More

Wildfires in Sevier County: What to know about the Hatcher Mountain & Millstone Gap fires

Efforts to contain two wildfires burning in Sevier County continued overnight into Friday morning, which is when airdrops are expected to resume, according to the Sevier County Emergency Management Agency. → Read More

Stevie Nicks to headline Bonnaroo in June, 2022 artist lineup released

One of America’s most popular festivals that brings thousands of music fans to Tennessee each year has released the list of artists set to perform at the 2022 edition. → Read More

Buc-ee’s in Tennessee construction ongoing amid rising gas, metal prices

Buc-ee’s is coming to Tennessee in two locations and this week an official weighed in on how the construction of the massive convenience stores and gas stations is going amid rising costs of gas and metal. → Read More

UPDATE: Missing Knoxville 3-year-old girl found

Knoxville Police are searching for Janiya Neal, 3, who was reported missing from a North Knoxville apartment complex on Thursday afternoon. → Read More

McMinn County woman accused of child sex crimes arraigned in court

An Englewood woman indicted on more than a dozen child rape charges appeared in McMinn County court for her arraignment Monday morning → Read More

Paul McCartney coming to Knoxville in May

International rock star Paul McCartney is coming to Knoxville in May and is slated to play at the Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus. → Read More

Marijuana legalization in Tennessee pushed by lawmaker

A Tennessee lawmaker introduced a bill last month that would legalize the growth, sale and possession of marijuana in the Volunteer State. → Read More

When does TN Real ID take effect and what documents will I need?

The original Real ID deadline had been moved back to October 2021, but currently, the new deadline is set for May 2023 → Read More

Truck belonging to missing Scott County man, human remains found in Ky. pond

A discovery in a Kentucky pond Sunday morning may give investigators answers to what may have happened to a Tennessee man missing since March 2018. → Read More

PHOTOS: Partial lunar eclipse in November’s full moon

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Friday morning’s November full moon also had a near-total lunar eclipse. According to the 6 Storm Team’s Starwatch blog, this Full Moon is sometimes called the Beaver Moon, the Frost or Frosty Moon or the Snow Moon (NASA). The moon will appear full in the sky from Wednesday night through Saturday […] → Read More

Feathered to near perfection: East TN boys compete in national mullet competition

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Two East Tennessee boys are competing in the top 25 of a national mullet competition, for which the voting ends Monday night. One of the boys’ mother shared photos of her son’s mullet ahead of the closure of the competition. The USA Mullet Championships kids’ division competition ends Oct. 11 and […] → Read More

Tennessee: Don’t dump unwanted pets, especially alligators

Tennessee wildlife officers are warning people not to dump unwanted pets into the wild after a small alligator was removed from a pond outside of Chattanooga. → Read More

Woman charged with second-degree murder in East Tennessee water park shooting

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police say an altercation in the parking lot of a Tennessee water park led to a shooting that killed one woman and wounded another. Sevierville Police Department spokesman Bob Stahlke said in a statement that officers responded Saturday evening to a report of shots fired at the Soaky Mountain Waterpark. He […] → Read More

Oak Ridge nurse charged with federal crime confesses to sending blood, feces to husband’s ex-wife

An Oak Ridge woman is facing federal charges after United States Postal Service investigators say she mailed packages containing human blood-stained feminine products and feces to her husband's former wife, a Loudon County resident, twice in April. → Read More