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Sevierville motorcyclist killed in Chapman Hwy crash

(WBIR - Sevier County) THP confirmed Bryan Owen, 55, was killed early Sunday afternoon after being hit by a van traveling in the opposite direction in Sevier County.

The fatal crash happened around 1:15 p.m. at the Shiloh Church Road intersection on Chapman Highway.

A THP report stated a van, driven by Knoxville-resident Stephen Wandell, was traveling southbound on the highway when the driver tried to stop to avoid striking another vehicle which was making a left turn.

Man dies after car flips in Sevier County

(WBIR-Sevierville) A single-car accident killed a man early Sunday morning in Sevier County.

The crash happened shortly before 3:50 a.m. in Sevierville.

A vehicle was speeding down Whites School Road, lost control, fell down a 20-foot embankment, and flipped over into a creek bed, killing Brandon P. Petit of Sevierville.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Alcohol and drugs were not factors in the accident.

Motorcyclist killed in Sevier Co. crash

(WBIR-Sevierville) A crash in Sevier County killed a motorcyclist Friday night.

The accident happened near the intersection of Porterfield Gap Road and West Union Valley Road in Sevierville shortly before 8:15 p.m.

According to the THP crash report, a motorcycle ran off the road and flipped, killing the driver, Robert L. Scott, 58, of Sevierville.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Exotic pet store denies abuse and neglect allegations

(WBIR-Sevierville) The Sevierville Police Department said it has been getting emails and Facebook messages claiming abuse and neglect at an exotic pet store, but the owner is denying the accusations after passing 12 inspections by the local animal control officer.

Exotic Pets Center, on Winfield Dunn Parkway, has been open for 10 years. The store sells fresh and salt water fish, hamsters, sugar gliders, rare breeds of dogs and cats, and exotic birds.

Week 0 Defensive Player of the Week: Kolby Black

(WBIR-Pigeon Forge, Tn) The Week 0 Defensive Player of the Week can thank a swarm of late votes early Tuesday afternoon that pushed him over the top.

Kolby Black from Pigeon Forge had a total of six tackles and two interceptions against Cosby and even opened up the game with a 63-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.

Black was unaware of his stats and his win until we showed up to practice on Tuesday.

Black's strong defensive skills would help push Pigeon Forge to a 55-0 win to start the season.

Hotel's defamation lawsuit dropped; renovation plans move forward

The US Court of Appeals has ruled against a hotel owner who sued Trip Advisor for calling his hotel "the dirtiest in America." This comes as new plans aim to overhaul the property.

Nearly two years ago, Trip Advisor released the list which put the Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge at the top.

Its owner, Kenneth Seaton, sued Trip Advisor for $10 million. He claimed defamation, trade libel, and false light invasion of privacy.

Blount Co. man arrested for stealing A/C units from vacation homes

Sevier County deputies arrested a Blount County man for stealing heating and air conditioning units from vacation homes in the Smokies.

Deputies say 36-year old Richie Kerr started a series of thefts back in June. They say he was stealing or taking apart units at rental cabins in the Walden's Creek and Wears Valley areas.

He now faces 20 counts of felony theft and two counts of felony vandalism.