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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 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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Defense rests, closing arguments Wed. in Rocky Houston trial

Updated: 12/16/2008 - The defense has rested in Rocky Houston's double murder trial in Roane County, and closing arguments are expected to start Wednesday. Tune to Volunteer TV News First at 4:00 and click onto for complete details on this developing news story.

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Knox Sheriff, FBI hunt bank robbery suspect

Updated: 12/17/2008 - The Knox County Sheriff's Office and the FBI are looking for the man who robbed a Regions Bank Tuesday morning, and they're asking for the public's help identifying a suspect.

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Businessman burglarized twice after home burns

Posted: 12/16/2008 - December has not been a merry month for Johnson City businessman Chuck Mason. Last week his home burned, and over the weekend his business, Chuck Mason Equipment was burglarized twice.

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Plumber gets pretrial diversion in whiskey case

Posted: 12/16/2008 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Just in time for a holiday toast, a Nashville-area plumber has escaped a jail sentence and fine on charges he illegally possessed up to $1 million worth of Jack Daniel's whiskey.

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