5 things to know this morning

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Here are the top five stories from Local 8 News Anchor Casey Wheeless to get you out the door this morning. Stay connected to Local 8 News online.

1. 2 sent to hospital after Fountain City apartment fire

Knoxville Fire Department crews responded to reports of an apartment fire at 924 Cedar Lane in Knoxville with Rural/Metro and Knoxville Police Department officials. The fire was called in around 8:42 p.m.

When units arrived at the scene, they found a four unit brick apartment building with fire coming from the lower right unit. Fire had also climbed the wall and breached into the above right apartment.

Approximately a dozen A total of 19 people lived int he four unit apartment complex. One male was burned and sent to the hospital, and a second male suffered from smoke inhalation from trying to get other people out.

The American Red Cross was at the scene to assist with residents' needs.

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2. Knoxville police investigating teen shot, found at 17th Street

Officers from the Knoxville Police Department responded to the scene at South 17th Street and Highland Avenue, where a teen had been found shot Thursday at around 4:56 p.m.

According to the preliminary investigation, a female driving a vehicle flagged down an ambulance to seek medical help for a male inside the vehicle who was suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim, identified as a 17-year-old, was transported to UT Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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3. O.J. Simpson could be released as soon as October

With four out of four votes from the parole board, O.J. Simpson was granted parole. After serving nearly 9 years in prison, he could be released as early as October.

Simpson told board members his restitution has been paid. "I take full responsibility. I haven't made any excuse in 9 years here, but I should have never allowed these alleged security guys to help."

A release plan is being constructed. Simpson told the board he would like to reside in Florida.

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4. UK study: Fecal bacteria found in ice at McDonalds, KFC, Burger King

Going out for dinner tonight? You might want to skip the ice in your soda.

A BBC undercover investigation took a look at the ice served at McDonald's, Burger King, and KFC locations in the UK, and found fecal bacteria.

“It’s extremely worrying,” said Tony Lewis, head of policy and education at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. “When we’re finding the sorts of numbers we’re finding here, you have to look at the people making the ice, handling the ice, which they then transfer into customers’ drinks. And then you also have to look at hygiene failure with potentially the machines themselves: are they being kept clean?”

Though coli-form bacteria was found in the investigation, McDonald's said that no E. coli bacteria was found.

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5. Hugh Freeze resigns amid discovery of call to escort service

Ole Miss announced Thursday night that coach Hugh Freeze has resigned, effective immediately, following a "pattern of personal misconduct." Matt Luke will serve as the Rebels' interim coach.
While the resignation is sudden, it is not without reason.
"This is a sad day for the University of Mississippi. ... Coach Freeze resigned this afternoon after confirming to Ross and me a pattern of personal misconduct inconsistent with the standards we expect from the leader of our football team," explained Ole Miss chancellor Jeffrey Vitter in a press conference. "... We cannot accept the conduct in his personal life that we have discovered. ... This matter is totally unrelated to the NCAA case."

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