Jim Matheny, WBIR Channel 10

Jim Matheny

WBIR Channel 10

Knoxville, TN, United States

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Staying positive: comedy and caring help East Tennesseee cope with COVID-19

The dangers of the coronavirus are real. So are the creative acts of kindness and humor that make happiness contagious in East Tennessee. → Read More

Graham County, North Carolina, blocks visitor entry to slow the spread of COVID-19

Drivers coming from Tennessee will hit checkpoints at or near the N.C. state line, as Graham County blocks most outside traffic. → Read More

Stimulus specifics: questions and answers with Sen. Lamar Alexander

WBIR 10News received several questions from viewers about the $2 trillion relief bill. We posed the questions to Senator Lamar Alexander for the answers. → Read More

Women's history: Isabel Tipton blazed scientific trail at University of Tennessee

Dr. Isabel Tipton broke boundaries as a female physics professor who researched radiation and led the University of Tennessee to academic stardom on national TV. → Read More

Funeral homes adjust to social distancing obstacles

Funeral homes in Tennessee are required to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people as a precaution to slow the spread of the coronavirus. → Read More

No Barkley Marathons? John Kelly runs 100-mile 'No-Barkley Barkley' tribute at Frozen Head

When the coronavirus canceled the Barkley Marathons, Morgan County native John Kelly made his own 100-mile challenge at Frozen Head to honor fellow Barkley runners. → Read More

More Gatlinburg attractions close for COVID-19 safety; some residents want more shutdowns

Leaders in Sevier County want bars to close and changes at restaurants due to the spread of COVID-19. Gatlinburg residents want even more closure advisories. → Read More

Smokies campgrounds and shelters open; Appalachian Trail thru-hikers asked to postpone due to COVID-19

The Great Smoky Mountains has changed procedures at campgrounds and shelters. The ATC asks hikers to postpone thru-hikes on the Appalachian Trail due to coronavirus. → Read More

What's life like on lockdown in Italy? Former Sevier County woman shares coronavirus perspective

Giulia Luzzana is a dual U.S. and Italian citizen who swapped the Smokies for a return to her native Alps. She shares insight on life amid coronavirus quarantines. → Read More

Sevier tourism tries to calm COVID-19 concerns

As of Thursday, there were no cases of COVID-19 in Sevier County or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Businesses claim to exceed CDC sanitation guidelines. → Read More

What it means to be 'at risk' for coronavirus

WBIR 10News viewers asked for more context and clarification on what it means to be "at risk" for COVID-19. It comes to down to age and existing health. → Read More

Traffic mess drives Cades Cove car-free schedule experiment

The national park wants public input on a pilot plan to get rid of car-free Saturday mornings at Cades Cove and instead have a full day without cars on Wednesdays. → Read More

Homeless day center stirs controversy in Campbell County

A day center to help the homeless has already existed in LaFollette since May 2019. But now it's meeting resistance as it relocates to a highly-visible location. → Read More

Hospitalized tornado victims fight to survive and heal; effort to reunite with lost sentimental items

The Gregory family in Cookeville narrowly escaped the tornado that killed or hospitalized neighbors who lived in every direction from their home. → Read More

Photos land in Scott County from tornadoes 120 miles away

People in Scott County are finding photographs that were sent airborne by tornadoes in Middle Tennessee, ranging from 50 to 120 miles away. → Read More

Coronavirus concerns spring breakers; fearless travelers book bargains

AAA travel agents are getting lots of questions about the safety of spring break trips as coronavirus spreads. Others capitalize on fears by finding travel deals. → Read More

Fact-checking coronavirus claims on severity, fatalities, hand sanitizers and more

Some posts on social media attempt to calm fears over COVID-19 with stats that show the danger is minimal to most people. We check the stats with a health expert. → Read More

Happy Birthday, Lucas! Blount County first responders celebrate terminally ill boy's 13th birthday

Lucas Hembree turned 13 years old March 2. Hundreds of people sent him cards to help him celebrate. → Read More

Road to Cades Cove reopens Saturday; Townsend businesses welcome traffic

The closure of the only road visitors can drive to Cades Cove hit the Townsend entrance to the Smokies especially hard, with a 52.3 percent drop in traffic. → Read More

Snow scramble: Anderson schools fed students on short-order

It was all hands on deck Thursday to feed hundreds of students in a few minutes when snow canceled school mid-day in Anderson County. → Read More