KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- 1. Tad Cummins indicted by grand jury in Nashville.
A federal grand jury in Nashville returned a two-count indictment charging Tad Cummins, who was the subject of an AMBER Alert in March.
According to CBS affiliate WTVF, Cummins was indicted on charges of transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual content and obstruction of justice.
Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
Cummins was charged in a criminal complaint filed April 20, 2017, after he was found with the 15-year-victim and subject of a nationwide AMBER Alert search.
2. Recent UT grad witnesses vehicle plow through Times Square crowd.
One person is dead and 22 hurt after a car plowed into pedestrians in Times Square in New York City this afternoon. An East Tennessee woman was there when it happened.
Brooke Fullam is a recent graduate from the University of Tennessee who was on a graduation celebration trip with her family. She said was only feet away when the driver, now known to be a 26-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, began his rampage.
"We just heard this terrible sound, it was crashing, and sounded like a terrible wreck, and it just kept going and going," Fullam told Local 8 News Thursday. "He was just running over people and he kept going, no sign of remorse, no sign of anything. It seemed as if he was just trying to kill as many people as he could."
Fullam said what happened did not appear to her to be an accident.
"When he was done, they were just laying on the ground, not responding," she said of those injured by the vehicle.
Fullam and her family called 911 and went into a restaurant in Times Square, which was then put on lock down. SWAT teams swarmed the area, and Fullam said she heard there were even snipers positioned on nearby rooftops.
"You can't imagine it until you're here," she said. "You see these things on the news, and you report them on the news, but it's just unlike anything that you can imagine."
3. Our Town begins May, 19th at Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games.
Music, Fun and games, just a few things you and your family can find this weekend at the Smoky Mountain Festival and games at Maryville college. This week on Our Town, Mark and Lauren travel to Blount County to take part in training with athletes for Highland games, and the group that provides the soundtrack for the festival.
A festival originally started in Gatlinburg in 1981, the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games is in its seventh year at Maryville college and is not only a way to experience music, food and athletes in action, but also a way to get in touch with ones heritage and possibly even discover it.
Adding a little friendly competition to the games are athletes from all over, here to compete in challenges like the Hammer Throw, Caber and Sheaf Toss and the Stone Put. All in good fun, the men train for months to ensure a fun and helping games.
Be sure to join Mark and Lauren at 4 o'clock on Friday.
4. RAM to hold Newport clinic, asks for volunteers.
Remote Area Medical will hold a clinic in Newport in June and is asking for medical professionals to volunteer.
The clinic will be held at Cocke County High School on June 10 and 11. The parking lot will open at midnight on Friday night, and numbered tickets will be distributed at 3 a.m. to patients. The doors will open at 6 a.m. on Saturday and service will be provided based on order of ticket numbers. No I.D. is required.
RAM is asking for help.
"In order for RAM to treat the veterans, children, families, elderly and disabled who come to our clinics, we need medical professionals to volunteer," said RAM Founder Stan Brock. "There is a need for dental and optometry professionals to treat the hundreds of individuals who will attend the clinic in Newport. Patient registration is escalating at all of our clinics, which means volunteers are needed now more than ever."
Dental cleanings, fillings, extractions, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, on-site eyeglass production, free eyeglasses, women's health exams, HIV/AIDS and general medical exams will be offered.
"The faithful volunteers at our clinics provide top-notch medical service. RAM's overall vision is to schedule more clinics each year so we can further bridge the health care gap our country faces," continued Brock.
More than 7,000 people were treated in 2016 with more than $2.4 million provided in free medical aid in Tennessee.
"RAM would love to be able to schedule more clinics each year so we can further bridge the healthcare gap for people who worry what they will do if they get sick," said Brock. "This is a target well within our capabilities. However, it would require a massive expansion of equipment, facilities, and funding."
5. Cumberland County High School teacher charged with vehicular homicide, DUI.
Meghan E. Wilson, 36, was charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, and violation of implied consent after hitting a motorcycle head on while traveling in the wrong lane on US Highway 127 in Cumberland County.
Just past midnight Thursday morning, A 2006 Dodge pickup truck driven by Wilson was driving southbound in the northbound lane on US Highway 127 in Cumberland County. In that same lane, a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by 46-year-old John V. Rowe was traveling northbound.
According to the incident report, Wilson's truck struck the motorcycle head on. The impact caused Rowe to be tossed from the motorcycle. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
THP said debris from the impact struck another motorcycle that caused minor damage to it.
Wilson was employed with the Cumberland County School system as a teacher at Cumberland County High School at the time of the crash.
Since Thursday morning, she has been placed on administrative leave, officials with the school said. The school system had not yet decided as of Thursday evening what their course of action in regards to Wilson's employment would be.