5 things to know this morning

Tad Cummins (left) and Catherine Elizabeth Thomas (right)

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. Women accused in deadly hit-and-run expected in court

A woman charged with leaving the scene of a hit-and-run is expected in court Wednesday morning.

The police said a man and woman had gotten off of their motorcycle on the side of the roadway and were then struck by a vehicle they believe was driven by Emily Williams.

Thomas E. Burch of Knoxville was pronounced dead at the scene, and Jennifer Ouellette of Rhode Island was taken to UT Medical Center in serious condition.

Police said Williams left the scene and continued southbound on Gay Street.

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2. Sen. Bob Corker announces he will not run for re-election

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced Tuesday he will not be running for re-election next year.


"After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018," he said in a statement.

"When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that I couldn't imagine serving for more than two terms. Understandably, as we have gained influence, that decision has become more difficult. But I have always been drawn to the citizen legislator model, and while I realize it is not for everyone, I believe with the kind of service I provide, it is the right one for me."

Corker continued by saying, "I also believe the most important public service I have to offer our country could well occur over the next 15 months, and I want to be able to do that as thoughtfully and independently as I did the first 10 years and nine months of my Senate career."

Corker thanked his delegates, his staff, his wife and family in concluding his announcement Thursday.

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3. NCAA basketball coaches, others arrested in corruption scheme

University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino says he's shocked by corruption allegations made by prosecutors in New York against some college basketball assistant coaches.

A top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches are among 10 men charged with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes' choice of schools, shoe sponsors and agents.

Some of the most explosive allegations appear to involve Louisville, which already is on NCAA probation over a sex scandal. Court papers contain enough details to identify Louisville.

Pitino says he agrees with prosecutors that third-party schemes initiated by a few bad actors "operated to commit a fraud" on universities and their basketball programs. He says fans and supporters deserve better.

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4. GOP concedes defeat on health care overhaul

Senate Republicans have conceded defeat on their last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare."

The bill's authors acknowledge they don't have the votes ahead of a critical deadline at the end of this week.

President Donald Trump is slamming 'certain so-called Republicans' and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the focus will now turn to tax reform.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a sponsor of the latest, last-ditch effort, says Republicans are going to fulfill the promise they've made to voters and the GOP base for the past seven years.

5. Teen at center of nationwide AMBER Alert speaks about her kidnapping

The Maury County teen who became the center of a nationwide AMBER Alert last March and April has spoken to reporters in Columbia, Tennessee, People Magazine reports.

"I don't regret it, nor do I say it was the right thing to do," the 16-year-old told reporters in an interview at a fast food restaurant. "It was an experience I'll have to live with the rest of my life."

"Everyone just needs to calm down," she reportedly said. "I am a human being. I can answer things fairly. But people are asking things that are too personal. People are talking to me like they know me. They didn't talk to me before. They didn't try to know me before. They have only liked me since I came back."

Thomas was missing for 38 days with her health sciences teacher, 51-year-old Tad Cummins. Cummins is currently behind bars, charged with kidnapping and sex crimes in the student's alleged abduction.

The teen is reportedly living at home with her brother, receiving a home-schooled education.

"It's just safer to be back with my brother instead of in the middle of everything," she told a reporter.

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