5 things to know Thursday, May 18

(WVLT)- 1. 18-year-old's body found in Fort Loudoun Lake Wednesday night.

An 18-year-old's body was found in Fort Loudoun lake Wednesday night after an hours-long search. Several sources told Local 8 News' crew at the scene that the victim was a student at Farragut High School.

TWRA said the victim's identity was being withheld until Thursday out of respect for the family.

A spokesperson for Farragut High School said grief counselors would be at the school on Thursday.


A medical examiner with the Regional Forensics Center ordered an autopsy, and the incident is under investigation by TWRA.

Rural/Metro and the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad were searching for an 18-year-old male who fell off a boat and did not resurface Wednesday afternoon on Fort Loudoun lake. The call came in at around 4:45 p.m. and TWRA said the man fell at around 3:30 p.m.

2. Justice Dept. appoints Robert Mueller to oversee 2016 election probe.

- The U.S. Justice Department appointed former FBI head Robert Mueller to oversee the probe into President Trump-Russian connection in the 2016 presidential election.

"I have determined that a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement Wednesday.

Many Democratic lawmakers have called for a special counsel, or a special prosecutor, to investigate the matter. These calls increased after the firing of former head of the FBI James Comey. On Tuesday, news outlets revealed that Comey had written a memo saying the president had asked him to back off on an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on Mueller's appointment:

"During his service as FBI Director for both President Bush and President Obama, Robert Mueller earned a reputation for independence and integrity, which are exactly the qualities needed to pursue the Russia investigation to its conclusion. The bipartisan U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence should also continue its investigation and that should include a public hearing with former FBI Director James Comey sooner rather than later."

3.Vol baseball head coach Dave Serrano to resign.

Tennessee Head Baseball Coach Dave Serrano has notified Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics John Currie of his intention to resign at the conclusion of UT's season.

Serrano informed the Tennessee baseball team of his decision Wednesday. He will continue to coach the team through the end of the regular season as well as any postseason tournaments for which the team may qualify. Assistant Coach Larry Simcox will then serve as interim coach during a national search for Serrano's replacement.

"On Monday evening, John and I had what I felt was a very honest and productive conversation about the Tennessee baseball program," Serrano said. "My decision to step aside at season's end is based off what I believe is in the best interest of our student-athletes and this program.
"I have no regrets about taking on this challenge six years ago. It was a job I always coveted. My time living in this great community includes some of the best days of my life. My only disappointment is that we didn't reach the expectations of success that I've strived to achieve for our fans, alumni and players."

4. Only residential hopice service in Knoxville shutting down.

Tennova Residential Hospice will end operations on June 15, leaving Knoxville without any residential hospice programs.

Officials with Tennova Health and Hospice said they will continue to provide in-home hospice services and can support any in-patient hospice needs through agreements with Physicians Regional Medical Center.

A Tennova representative said, "We understand the community's attachment to the Residential Hospice and have spent more than three years in an exhaustive search to identify another provider. Unfortunately, no other agency has agreed to sustain the facility."

Tennova told Local 8 News the delivery of hospice services has changed "dramatically" since 1999 when their residential hospice program opened.

5. Cruze Farm opens pop-up shop in Knoxville Thursday.

Cruze Farm has announced it will open up another pop-up shop this summer.

The shop is expected to open on May 18 on Gay Street inside the old Archer's BBQ location.


The Cruze Farm Food Truck took part in the Dogwood Arts Festival. That's when Sims said they cleverly announced the new pop-up shop on their receipts with "Cruze Farm Opening May 18."