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Judge rules on motions ahead of first Christian-Newsom murder trial

Updated: 08/18/2009 - Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner ruled on several motions ahead of the first murder trial in the Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom killings that happened in January 2007. Among the motions considered are request to delay Letalvis Cobbins' trial and exclude autopsy photos from evidence in his case, as well as a motion by George Thomas' attorney to move his trial outside of Knox County.

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Job losses slow to 247,000; jobless rate dips

Posted: 08/07/2009 - Employers throttled back on layoffs in July, cutting just 247,000 jobs, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate dipped to 9.4 percent. It was a better than expected showing that offered a strong signal that the recession is finally ending.

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Rocky Houston sent back to jail; Leon can remain out

Updated: 08/07/2009 - 2:54 pm: Rocky's bond raised to $500,000. It will be up to him, or an attorney IF he gets one to petition the court for a bond conditions hearing. Otherwise he will remain in jail until his retrial.

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Happy 65th, Smokey Bear

Posted: 08/07/2009 - The 65th birthday of U.S. Forest Service mascot Smokey Bear is Sunday, but kids in Ocoee have already celebrated it.

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Gatlinburg Inn owner donates 104 acres to Smokies

Posted: 08/07/2009 - The 86-year-old owner of the historic Gatlinburg Inn is donating 104 wooded acres to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the largest private gift to the park in a decade.

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Some shoppers skip the sales tax holiday crowd

Updated: 08/07/2009 - Get ready to shop, tax free! sales tax will take a holiday in Tennessee this weekend. Shoppers can save nearly ten percent on school supplies, clothes, and computers, but some shoppers say the savings cost too much time and frustration.

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Physical practice pleases Kiffin, players

Updated: 08/06/2009 - The Vols donned shoulder pads for the first time Thursday, and they weren't shy about hitting each other -- much to Monte Kiffin's chagrin.

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Homes sales: Will tougher rules keep more would-be owners, renters?

Posted: 08/06/2009 - Economists, bankers, business analysts and even your next-door neighbor likely believe that the housing market caused the recession, so it drive the recovery too. But new rules, post bubble-burst, may make that loan tougher to get.

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Shop and save with the 'Cheap Blondes'

Updated: 08/06/2009 - Who says being cheap is a bad thing? The two Blount County bloggers who call themselves the "Cheap Blondes" certainly don't think so.

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