Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Knoxville.


State Route 248 Reopens over Interstate 65 in Williamson County

(FRANKLIN, Tenn.)  -- Just over 90 days after a tanker truck fire destroyed two bridges on State Route 248 over Interstate 65 in Williamson County, construction crews from the Department of Transportation have completed construction of a new bridge.

Two lanes of travel and a center turn lane opened on Tuesday, just before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, marking the end of an expedited effort to build a new bridge.

“One hundred and two days to demolish two bridges and build a new one is a record for TDOT,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer. “I want to commend the tremendous work of our contractors LoJac Enterprises, Inc. and Brown Builders, Inc., along with the TDOT staff overseeing this project.”

Contract crews will continue work on the interchange, which is being modified as part of a $46 million project to widen I-65 from SR 248 to SR 840.

The project is expected to be completed by June 2016.

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Driver in Fatal DUI Crash Back in Jail on Increased Charges, Bond

Knox County Sheriff's Office(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A 33-year-old man charged in a DUI crash that killed his 10-year-old son returned to jail just hours after he bonded out.

Steven D. Steelman, left jail on Tuesday on a $39,000 bond, but later in the day had a judge raise his charge from vehicular homicide to aggravated vehicular homicide with an increase bond of $230,000. Knox County Sheriff’s officials say he was then taken into custody at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Steelman told police on Sunday he drank approximately a half gallon of moonshine and had been consuming drugs prior to crashing his car into a utility pole and tree on West Beaver Creek Drive.

His son, Steven Steelman, III, was riding in the passenger’s side of the car and was pronounced dead at U.T. Medical Center.  Steelman’s 11-year-old nephew was also injured and transported to U.T. for treatment.

Authorities say Steelman was driving on a revoked license for a previous DUI conviction.

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Knoxville Police Warn of ATM Skimming

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Police are warning Knoxville residents to beware of card skimmers at ATMs.

Knoxville Police said the warning comes after there have been recent incidents of card skimmers being placed on ATM machines in the east Tennessee region.

Police are offering the following tips to ATM users:

  • When possible, visit ATM machines that you are familiar with and have successfully used on previous occasions.
  • Look for any boxes or panels that may have been added since your last visit. These boxes or panels are made to look like the ATM but may be made of a different material or may not be the exact color of the main ATM machine.
  • Before inserting or swiping your credit or ATM card, pull on the card inserter to see if it moves. If it moves or pulls away from the ATM machine, do not use the ATM and alert law enforcement immediately.
  • When using an ATM, place your hand over the keypad to keep people or a hidden camera attached to the ATM from obtaining your PIN number.

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TN Highway Patrol Announces I-40 Challenge over Thanksgiving Holiday

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is once again participating in a traffic safety initiative during the busy Thanksgiving holiday period.

The Interstate 40 Challenge consists of increased patrols from state police or highway patrol agencies along the highway from coast to coast.  

I-40 has more miles in Tennessee than any other state with 455 miles.

Tennessee state troopers will be assigned every 20 miles of I-40 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on  Wednesday, Nov. 26 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. Additionally, Colonel Trott has requested increased law enforcement visibility on all major interstates throughout Tennessee.

“Last year, Tennessee reported zero traffic fatalities on Interstate 40 during the challenge times,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said in a statement. “We hope to have the same success this year and will again deploy our resources to help ensure a safe travel experience through our state on the busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving period.”   

In 2013, Tennessee state troopers investigated 29 crashes on the Wednesday before and 36 wrecks on the Sunday after Thanksgiving during the I-40 challenge times. None of those crashes were alcohol-related.

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Man Injured in Castle Street Shooting 

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Authorities continue to investigate a shooting that left one man injured over the weekend.

Knoxville Police say officers responded to Fort Sanders Medical Center around 7:20 p.m. on Friday to speak with a man who was being treated for a gunshot wound to his left leg.

The victim told officers he was shot by an unknown suspect while he was walking on Castle Street near Lansing Avenue. He then called his mother to pick him up and take him for medical treatment.

The victim said the suspect was driving a silver four-door sedan with tinted windows, and fired four shots from the vehicle.

Police are ask anyone with information to call (865) 215-7000.

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