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Photographer's elk encounter prompts warning

James York was sitting on the side of the road on the Cataloochee Trail in October when the spike elk took an interest in him. The elk approached and began butting his head against York. Luckily, those sharp antlers were far enough apart that York wasn't injured. That encounter, captured on camera by another photographer and posted on Youtube, has gone viral.

Charges pending in double fatal crash on Chapman Hwy.

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(WBIR-Seymour) Grief counselors are at Seymour High School Friday morning to help students, faculty and staff cope with the loss of one of their own.

Caitlin Coates, 16, of Seymour and her grandmother, 56-year-old Robin Miller, died Thursday morning after an SUV smashed into their vehicle on Chapman Highway in Seymour.

Sevier County Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Debra Cline described the junior as a "precious young lady" and a "good student." Cline said the faculty, staff and students are deeply "saddened by this sudden loss."

Former POW Jessica Lynch celebrates veterans in E. TN

Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch was in East Tennessee Thursday to help celebrate veterans.

Lynch took part in the Dixie Stampede's "Saluting America's Heroes" ceremony in Pigeon Forge, then met with veterans.

The former Army private is the first American prisoner of war to be rescued since the Vietnam War. Lynch was taken prisoner during an ambush in Iraq 10 years ago, only days into the war. She was held by Iraqi soldiers at a hospital until US special forces rescued her.

Tenn. Baptists voice support for abortion amendment

Tenn. Baptists voice support for abortion amendment

The state's largest group of Protestants is expressing its support for an abortion amendment set to go before Tennessee voters next year.

Amendment One adds language to the state's constitution saying in part, "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion." It could pave the way for lawmakers to pass abortion restrictions currently prevented by the state constitution's privacy protections.

Winter weather gives East Tennessee businesses a boost

The cold weather is a blessing for some areas of East Tennessee.

Ober Gatlinburg has started the snow making process for their slopes in the Smoky Mountains. It's something they wish to do, but cannot always get to in mid-November.

In the past two years they have had to delay their season because the weather did not cooperate. Last year, Ober Gatlinburg had to begin making snow two weeks later than their target. Two years ago, they couldn't open the slopes until the end of January. But this year, they are on the right track.

Snow touches parts of East Tennessee

(WBIR-Great Smoky Mountains National Park) An early taste of winter, perhaps?

That's what some people in East Tennessee saw Tuesday as a winter storm stretching several states reached some of our higher elevated areas.

One place is in the Smokies, where up to half an inch of snow stuck to the ground. It was snowing since about noon.

"We didn't expect this," Barry Mince, a Smokies visitor from Louisiana said.

Sevier County man learns his Picasso sketch is authentic

Not only did Tony Begley, of Sevier County, have the sketch, but he also has the certificate of authenticity. Begley said he was pretty sure he had the really deal, but he wanted to make sure. He asked scientists at Speckin Forensic Labs to verify whether the ink could have been used by the famous artist.