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Caleb Cannon found guilty in murder of Nikki Burgess
WTVF/WVLT Monday May 22, 2017

A jury in the murder case of Nikki Burgess found Caleb Cannon guilty of murder Monday afternoon, WTVF reports.

The trial against Cannon lasted a week. He was found guilty Monday of first degree premeditated murder.

Burgess disappeared from her Hermitage home nearly three years ago, and her body was never found.

Cannon was given an automatic life sentence; because of this, a sentencing hearing was not scheduled.


Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Increases Again
Monday May 22, 2017

The 25th annual NALC "Stamp Out Hunger" Post Office Food Drive has concluded. Volunteers at the Crossville Post Office and local food pantries collected a total of 27,630 pounds of food, which is an increase of 3,417 pounds over last year. Eight local food pantries have benefited from this food drive.


2 inmates on the run after escaping Sevier County Jail
WVLT Monday May 22, 2017

Two Sevier County inmates are on the run after breaking out of the Sevier County Jail.

Sheriff Ron Seals told Local 8 News that two inmates escaped the jail during the overnight hours Monday.

Seals said guards saw surveillance footage of two inmates jumping a perimeter fence on the outside of the jail. Corrections officers chased the pair on foot, but the inmates fled.

The two inmates were identified as Clyde Lee Martin, 34, and Robert Sosa, 27, both from Sevierville.

Martin was being held on a $15,000 bond for theft over $10,000 and violation of probation.

Sosa was being held on a $75,000 bond for assault, two counts of auto theft, aggravated burglary, evading arrest and violation of probation.

Members of the Sheriff?s Office Special Operations Team, Sevierville Police Department and the U.S. Marshal?s Service Fugitive Task Force are continuing the search for the escaped inmates.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts is urged to call the Sevier County Sheriff's Office at 865-453-4668.


Deadline Approaching in Tennessee for SBA Working Capital Loans
SBA Monday May 22, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that June 26 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Tennessee as a result of the drought that began on Oct. 18, 2016.

This disaster declaration includes the following counties: Anderson, Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Morgan, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Van Buren and White in Tennessee.

Under this declaration, the SBA?s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to 30 years.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA?s secure website at

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA?s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA?s website at Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than June 26, 2017.


Rick Perry Touring ORNL Today
AP Monday May 22, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Energy Secretary Rick Perry is coming to Tennessee to tour the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Department of Energy officials say Perry will tour the laboratory facilities with Sen. Lamar Alexander and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann on Monday.


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