KNOXVILLE, Tenn- (WVLT)- Here are the top five stories from Local 8 News to get you out the door this morning:
1. KPD officer shot in northeast Knoxville, suspect on the run
A suspect considered armed and dangerous is on the loose after shooting an officer in Northeast Knoxville Thursday night, according to police.
KPD said the suspect was still on the run as of Thursday at 9:09 p.m. At 11 p.m., KPD identified the suspect as Ronnie Lucas Wilson, date of birth 4-7-86, with an address on Tazewell Pike. Police said he may be driving a black mid 70s model Chevrolet Nova with a red stripe on the hood.
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2. Some parts of East Tennessee living without internet access as President Trump works to expand service
It may be hard for some people to imagine the world without internet in 2018, but it's a reality for some in East Tennessee.
Grassy Fork Elementary School has 113 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Principal Judy Webb estimated 80 percent of them do not have internet access from home.
"It's just not something a lot of kids can afford and if they can, it's for a very limited time. Maybe they'll choose to have it this month, maybe not another time," she explained.
Dr. Webb said students have to come to school in order to get online. The school uses that to their advantage; some kids will stick around from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 at night.
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3. When to call in sick during a hard flu season
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the flu is widespread in 46 states, and some employers in East Tennessee said they have felt the effects.
General Manager of Calhoun's restaurant Mark Chase said he's had a more difficult time filling out schedules than in years past, but he said he doesn't take any chances when it comes to employees being sick.
"If you are sick and running a fever stay home," Chase said. "If someone walks in and it's noticeable, they go home. I don't want them here. I protect the team and the guests."
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4. Lady Vols suffer first setback of the season
Danni Williams scored seven points in overtime and No. 17 Texas A&M toppled No. 6 Tennessee 79-76 on Thursday night, handing the Lady Vols their first defeat of the season.
The Aggies (14-4, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) missed 18 consecutive shots from the field late in the game before recovering in the extra period thanks to Williams' clutch free throw shooting. She made all five of her attempts from the line in overtime, including when she was fouled on a 3-point attempt with the Aggies trailing 76-74 and 7.8 seconds remaining.
5. Winter weather expected in East Tennessee
Parts of Tennessee are under a winter storm warning.
The National Weather Service says the warning is in effect through Friday evening for western and portions of northcentral Tennessee.
The weather service says rain will change to freezing rain and sleet before becoming all snow on Friday, tapering off by afternoon. A light coating of ice and up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow is possible.
Officials say Fort Campbell along the Kentucky border will be open for limited operations.
Full forecast here.