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USGS: Earthquake rattles East Tennessee

Updated: 10/31/2008 - The U.S. Geological Survey confirms a 2.9 magnitude earthquake struck in Blount County at 12:37 p.m. on Friday, October 31st. The earthquake was centered about 2 miles northwest of Maryville, and 3 miles south, southwest of Alcoa.

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Girl Scouts vote in mock presidential election, pick McCain

Updated: 10/31/2008 - America elects a president next week, but East Tennessee's Tanasi Council Girl Scouts have already made their choice. They picked Republican John McCain.

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TVA raises CEO's compensation, Duncan blasts increase

Updated: 10/31/2008 - The Tennessee Valley Authority board has approved increasing the utility chief executive's compensation by nearly a half million dollars, and Congressman Jimmy Duncan, Jr., has sent a letter to the TVA board chairman questioning the move.

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State ordered to pay fees in Ford ouster case

Posted: 10/31/2008 - A federal judge has ordered the state to pay $117,000 in attorneys fees to state Sen. Ophelia Ford after she filed a lawsuit trying to stop the Senate from voiding her win in a 2005 special election.

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Grainger Co. dismissing students Friday morning

Posted: 10/31/2008 - Grainger Co. (WVLT) - A water main break at Grainger County High School is forcing school leaders to dismiss students at six area schools at 11:00am Friday morning.

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Missing Knoxville girl found safe

Updated: 10/31/2008 - KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A young Knoxville girl that police have been looking for has been found safe, according to dispatchers. Stay connected to Volunteer TV News at Noon and for continuing coverage of this developing news story.

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Inspections for sex offender Halloween violations

Updated: 10/31/2008 - Thousands of East Tennessee children will be going from house to house on Friday, and To make sure they don't go to a sex offender's home, the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole are conducting inspections for violations.

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Last day of early voting adds to already record turnout

Updated: 10/30/2008 - Knox County election commissioners had expected more voters to cast ballots during the October 15-30 "early voting" period, than on Election Day November 4. The record turnout, even before the final day, surpasses their expectations.

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Doctor charged in fatal overdoses surrenders

Posted: 10/30/2008 - A Tennessee doctor accused of illegally prescribing narcotics that police say caused 13 overdose deaths surrendered hours before her first federal court appearance in Chattanooga.

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Worker sprays wrong herbicide, kills grass, too

Posted: 10/30/2008 - A state Transportation Department worker sprayed the wrong herbicide along back roads in the Smokies foothills, killing not only weeds, but the grass as well.

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