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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.

Fans await The Band Perry concert at Smokies Stadium

(WBIR - Kodak, TENN.) The Band Perry will perform inside Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tennessee Thursday night.

The stage lights are set to shine at 7 p.m.  As of 5 p.m., tickets are still available.

The brother and sister trio were raised in nearby Greeneville, Tennessee which is located 50 miles away from the concert venue.

The country music band has only been nationally known for a short time.  During their rise to fame, The Band Perry won three Country Music Association awards. and two Country Music Television awards.

99 candles!

By the time you've spent almost a century on this planet you have probably done and seen a lot.

But there's still fun to look forward to. A man in Sevier County is taking his birthday to new heights.

"In September, the 18th, he is going to be 99 years old," Donna Wasman said.

Next month is her father's official birthday. Mac McCauley will celebrate it with a small party at Wellington Place in Sevierville where he lives.