5 things to know this morning

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Here are the top five stories from Local 8 News to get you out the door this morning:

1. THP: No charges filed in Chapman Highway hit-and-run that killed toddler

No charges were filed in connection to a hit-and-run on Chapman Highway that killed a 13-month-old little girl, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to reports of a child hit by a vehicle at 10:05 a.m. on September 20, 2017. According to reports, a red Pontiac Vibe driven by Charles Evans, 74, was traveling northbound near the area of 12806 Chapman Highway when the child was struck. THP said the vehicle immediately left the scene.

The toddler was transported to UT Medical Center by responders after the hit-and-run. Investigators announced that she passed away.

A representative with THP confirmed that Evans will not face charges in connection to the deadly crash.

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2. Taking the "Dixie" out of Dixie Stampede stirs emotions among fans

Dolly Parton’s World Choice Investments LLC., announced this week in a news release Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede will remove "Dixie" from the name.

“Our shows currently are identified by where they are located,” Dolly said. “Some examples are Smoky Mountain Adventures or Dixie Stampede. We also recognize that attitudes change and feel that by streamlining the names of our shows, it will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows and will help our efforts to expand into new cities.”

According to a release, the decision was made as demand grows for more venues worldwide.

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3. Judge blocks Trump decision to end young immigrant program

The U.S. Department of Justice says a judge's ruling against the Trump administration involving a program that protects young immigrants does not change the fact that the program is illegal. Justice spokesman Devin O'Malley said in a statement late Tuesday night that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was an unlawful circumvention of Congress by the Obama administration. O'Malley says the Department of Justice will continue the court fight.

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4. South Korea's Moon willing to meet North's Kim

South Korea's president says he's willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under certain conditions, after their countries agreed in high-level talks to cooperate in next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea. President Moon Jae-in said he's open to meeting with Kim to resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff. But he says the success of such a summit must be guaranteed before the meeting can be realized.

5. Flu season reaches its peak

Doctor Ty Prince told Local 8 News it's the peak of flu season. The flu shot has a 30% of working, but it may be the difference between life or death.

"For sure the people who are at high risk to catch the flu, people who have low immune systems because of disease or because of medications that they take, those people have got to get a flu shot," said Dr. Ty Prince, who is an allergist at Allergy, Asthma, and Sinus Center.
"The risk is minimal, but the benefits can be life-saving."

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