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Halls bank robbery suspect arrested at Knoxville motel

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The man investigators believe robbed the Regions Bank branch at 7005 Maynardville Pike Tuesday morning was arrested Wednesday morning at a Manolia Avenue hotel, according to a Knox County Sheriff's Office release.

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Marines play Santa for children across East Tennessee

Updated: 12/17/2008 - For 61 years, the US Marines have been playing "Santa" for needy children all across the United States. But like a lot of programs this year, "Toys for Tots" met some struggles because of the economy.

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Fire Marshal closes three UT fraternity houses

Updated: 12/18/2008 - Residents living in three on-campus fraternity houses have voluntarily closed their doors after a Tennessee State Fire Marshal found several fire code violations during inspections.

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OPEC cuts 2.2 million barrels a day

Posted: 12/17/2008 - OPEC says it is cutting 2.2 million barrels a day from its output -- the largest ever at one time -- to stem crude prices that have plummeted over 70 percent from summer highs of nearly $150.

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Eastman Chemical to cut jobs, other costs

Posted: 12/17/2008 - Eastman Chemical Co. has announced it will slash costs by more than $100 million in 2009, mostly by cutting jobs, in response to the current economic turmoil.

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TVA reports increased operating revenues

Posted: 12/17/2008 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Valley Authority has filed its fiscal year 2008 annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission, reporting a record $10.4 billion in operating revenues, an increase of 11.3 percent from 2007.

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Nissan to cut production, temporary workers

Posted: 12/17/2008 - TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday it would reduce production by a further 78,000 vehicles and cut 500 temporary workers.

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Secret santa shop opens for Norris Elementary School students

Updated: 12/17/2008 - After over a thousand donated items burnt in a fire at a school annex building one week ago, the community and even strangers have come together to help Norris Elementary School open up the nearly 30 year tradition of the Secret Santa Shop for students.

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Prices dropping in time for shopping

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Christmas is just more than a week away, and many of you are probably waiting until the last minute to get some good deals at the store. But there's good news for last-minute shoppers.

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Knoxville/Knox County emergency workers prepare for severe winter weather

Updated: 12/17/2008 - In January 2008, an ice storm hit East Tennessee and caused hundreds of accidents across Knox County. Emergency workers struggled to get help to everyone and even had to tell people to stop calling 911. Today, Knoxville and Knox County emergency workers held a drill to work through glitches in last winter's response system.

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Knox Co. Commission chair hospitalized

Updated: 12/17/2008 - Knox County Commission Chairman Thomas "Tank" Strickland has been hospitalized at Fort Sanders Medical Center because he's reportedly not feeling well. Doctor's plan to run some tests, according to the Knoxville mayor's office. Strickland also works for the City of Knoxville. Stay connected to Volunteer TV News and VolunteerTV.com for continuing coverage of this developing news story.

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Fla. police: 1981 murder of Adam Walsh is solved

Posted: 12/16/2008 - Authorities in South Florida plan to announce that they've finally solved the 1981 killing of a little boy whose father later gained fame as the host of "America's Most Wanted."

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Fed cuts target for key rate to record low

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The Federal Reserve has cut its target for a key interest rate to the lowest level on record and pledged to use "all available tools" to combat a severe financial crisis and prolonged recession.

The central bank says it reduced the federal funds rate, the interest that banks charge each other, to a range of zero to 0.25 percent.

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