Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Knoxville.


Officials: Escaped Convict Commits Suicide 

Knox County Sheriff's Office(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A man who escaped a local courtroom after an attempted murder conviction committed suicide in a motel room Monday, according to officials.

Svante Hinton walked out of a courtroom in July while the jury deliberated an additional charge against him. Prior to his escape, he was convicted of attempted second-degree murder.

Knox County Sheriff officials said Hinton fled and went into hiding. The 35-year-old was "holed up" in a room at the Gateway Inn on Asheville Highway when he took his own life. Officers arrived at the room around 4:30 p.m. following an investigation and heard a gunshot and a woman's scream.

Police found Hinton with a single gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman was questioned and released without charges.

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Three Arrested in Clarksville Killing

(CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.) -- Two teenagers are among three people who have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Clarksville last Friday.

Police told the Leaf-Chronicle that 20-year-old Joshua Aretz, 18-year-old Clinton Hunter III, and a 17 year-old boy are charged with criminal homicide in the death of 19-year-old Adam Marquez.

Investigators said the victim was shot during an altercation at Needmore Court on Friday afternoon.

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Two Killed in Boat Accident on Tennessee River

(HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn.) -- A boating accident on the Tennessee River over the weekend has claimed the lives of two people.

The incident happened early Saturday morning on the Tennessee River near the Tennessee-Mississippi state line, the Jackson Sun reported.

Hardin County authorities told the newspaper that 39-year-old Carey Downs and 40-year-old Jeremy Floyd were in a fishing boat that was traveling quickly down the river, when the accident occurred and claimed their lives. The men's bodies were reportedly recovered by the Hardin County Rescue team.

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Woman Completes Goal of Singing National Anthem in Every State

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A woman on a mission to become the first person to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in all 50 states completed her goal Thursday night in Tennessee.

Janine Stange, also known as "The National Anthem Girl," celebrated her 50th performance in Nashville before an NFL preseason game.

Stange says she wanted to complete her mission by a special date.

"The National Anthem is turning 200 on September 14th, so I made it a self-imposed deadline to finish by that date," she said.

Stange is known for bringing thank you cards to every performance in which fans can write messages to deployed service members.

"I love this country," she said, "I love the men and women who embody the meaning of the National Anthem."

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One Winner of $1.69M Tennessee Cash Jackpot; New Record Set

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- One lucky Tennessee Cash ticket was sold with the winning numbers drawn on Wednesday night, and that ticket turned out to be a record-setting one.

According to Tennessee Lottery, there was only one winner of the $1.69 million jackpot, making this the largest prize for a single-winner in the Tennessee Cash game.

Previously, the record for a single winner was $1.52 million.

"The lucky Tennessee Cash ticket was purchased by a player in this Lewis County town, and the Lottery is looking forward to meeting the as-yet-unknown person," Tennessee Lottery said in a statement Thursday.

The record high jackpot for the game is $2.2 million, which was split between two tickets.

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