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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Knoxville.

Thursday
Oct232014

Tennessee Attorney General Talks Financial Security at Fort Campbell

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery joined his counterpart from Kentucky, Attorney General Jack Conway, and Holly Petreaus, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, at Fort Campbell on Tuesday to discuss consumer issues with soldiers.

The group attended a town hall meeting at the post's Family Resource Center to hear complaints about the unscrupulous business practices that soldier and their families have witnessed.

"Servicemembers and their families deserve all the protections against businesses practices that we can provide them," Attorney General Hertbret Slatery said in a statement. "Hopefully educational sessions like the one today will help our servicemembers know what resources are available in order to prevent them from being taken advantage of."

During the discussion, the attorneys general were able to speak with soliders and their families about making sound financial decisons and consumer purchases.

They joined Petraeus, the wife of David Petraeus, the commanding general at Fort Campbell from 2002 to 2004.

"I am please to join both Attorney General Conway and Attorney General Slatery to hear firsthand from servicemembers, veterans, and community leaders about their consumer financial issues," Petraeus said in a statement.

The officials also encouraged servicemembers who feel like they have have been taken advantage of to file complaints with the appropriate authorities.

Servicemembers and their families looking for more on information on use customer protection toolkits can visit the Tennessee Attorney General's website.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Girl Pinned Between Car, Knoxville Home

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A 9-year-old girl was hospitalized after she was pinned between a car and a house Wednesday night.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened shortly after 6 p.m. outside a home on Sinking Springs Road.

According to officers on the scene, the girl was putting a 3-year-old in a carseat and had the passenger door open.

The girl's mother had gone back into the house, leaving the keys in the ignition when police say the 1996 Oldsmobile rolled about 20 feet as the girl tried to get into the passenger side.

Police say she became trapped by the car door when it hit the house.

Rural Metro transported the 9-year-old to U.T. Hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

The Sheriff's Office said it's not clear why the vehicle rolled away, but the mother told officers at the scene the engine was not running at the time.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Cops: Shoplifter Arrested After Chase Across I-640

(KNOX COUNTY, Tenn.) -- A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly stole from a Walmart in Knox County, and then led authorities on a foot chase across Interstate 640.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, officers were conducting a traffic stop in the parking lot of the store on Millertown Pike, when Walmart security began chasing a man through the parking lot.

"A KCSO officer chased the man, 37-year-old Joseph David Pack, through the parking lot and across I-640. The officer tased Pack beside the interstate and took him into custody," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Pack is charged with shoplifting, fleeing, resisting arrest, and criminal trespass.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

State Health Officials Announce Ebola Resources for Tennesseans 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Health announced three new Ebola virus resources for state residents Wednesday, offering a toll-free number and online information to Tennesseans.

Residents with questions about the disease can call 1-877-857-2945 Monday through Friday, and additional information will be available on the TDH website, including summaries of weekly activities.

In the event of a confirmed case of Ebola in the state, the health department will make a public announcement and post information to the TDH online site, according to officials.

“We are glad there is increased awareness about this disease and we especially appreciate the efforts of our health care partners in prevention, detection and response planning,” TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner said. “We all need to have an understanding of where the current risk exists and to make sure our concerns are based on facts and not on rumors.”


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Police Investigate I-40 Crash 

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Knoxville Police are investigating a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 40.

Officials said a Nissan Sentra was travelling east on the highway near the James White Parkway exit around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday when the driver attempted to merge into the next lane. Upon moving, the car went under the tanker portion of a semi in the middle lane.

The Sentra turned sideways underneath the tanker, while the driver of the semi was able to quickly stop the vehicle, according to police.

Neither driver was injured and both were wearing their seat belts. The tanker was empty, officials said.

No charges have been placed as of Wednesday morning. The incident limited traffic on I-40 east to one lane for approximately 30 minutes.


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