KINGSPORT - More than 2,500 cloggers and spectators are expected to gather at MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center this weekend for the Tennessee Clogging Classic, hosted by national champions The Tennessee Hoedowners. Teams from Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Missouri will be performing. The competition got under way Friday with duos and duets and resumes at 8 a.m. this morning. Team dancing competition will begin at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public. Spectator tickets are $8, or $5 for senior citizens. Children 5 and under are admitted free.
Telemarketers not with Make-A-Wish
Return to top
Calls that have recently been made in the Tri-Cities area by telemarketers with another wish organization are not associated with Make-A-Wish Foundation, according to Elise Allen, the Upper East Tennessee coordinator for Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee. Allen said it is against the Make-A-Wish Foundation's policies to telemarket for donations. Allen said if individuals want to help Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee they can call 989-9474 or 967-5948.
Police kill suspect in 2002 triple murder case
Return to top
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Authorities shot and killed a triple murder suspect after he opened fire on them, Nashville police announced Friday. Members of the Nashville SWAT team and U.S. marshals were attempting to take Tyrone Lamont Overton, 23, into custody Thursday after the defendant failed to appear in court. Overton was charged in the January 2002 shooting deaths of three people inside an apartment at the James Cayce public housing development. At the time of his arrest, police said Overton was allegedly trying to buy drugs. He remained in custody until posting a $300,000 bond Feb. 2 that year, just weeks before his trial was scheduled. When Overton didn't appear for a court hearing at the end of February, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Homemade bomb found in Montgomery mailbox
Return to top
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Authorities used a robot to remove and detonate an explosive device found in a Montgomery County mailbox. Sheriff's spokesman Ted Denny said the device, made out of a plastic bottle, was a threat to the owner. "Someone made a serious threat to hurt this man, and we are taking this extremely seriously," Denny said. The name and address of the victim was not released. A robot directed by bomb technicians retrieved and detonated the device. "It's an extremely sophisticated robot - it's a great piece of equipment to help make it safe to protect our bomb technicians and to obviously make safe situations where there is possibility for an explosive device to detonate," Denny said.