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Sevier County deputies: 4-year-old boy found

Update:

Sevier County deputies say Hayden Parker was found safe at a neighbor's house.  He has been returned home.

Previous story:

Sevier County deputies are looking for a missing 4-year-old boy.

Hayden Parker was last seen in bed around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 4200 block of Pearl Valley Road.

He was reported missing at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, the Sevier County Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office helicopter, deputies, and the rescue squad were helping with the search.

Hayden's description:

Business is back to normal after weekend fire at Sevierville Red Lobster

Business is normal at an East Tennessee restaurant following a weekend fire. According to the City of Sevierville, a fire broke out early Sunday morning at the Red Lobster on Parkway.

The fire apparently started in a pile of empty boxes and trash after someone improperly threw away embers from a wood-burning stove.

An overhead sprinkler was able to put the fire out. No damage was reported, and nobody was hurt.

The restaurant was able to open Sunday.

Cyber Monday means big bucks for local business

For those hoping to snag big deals this holiday without big lines, Cyber Monday may be their shopping date of choice.

But with many Black Friday deals available all weekend long on the internet- are companies seeing the same kind of numbers?

Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville says they're keeping Cyber Monday traditional by only offering the big discounts online and seeing big results.

For Vice President Tyler Pipes every Cyber Monday brings a challenge.

Update: 2nd, smaller earthquake hits East TN

UPDATE:

Just hours after an earthquake struck approximately 4 miles from Sevierville, a second earthquake hit at 9:56 a.m. Saturday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it was a 2.5 magnitude earthquake.

Officers and residents said they felt the tremor, but noted it was not as strong as the first earthquake, which was a 3.0 magnitude.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Some residents in East Tennessee woke up to some shaking Saturday morning.

Lawsuit challenges Pigeon Forge liquor referendum

A lawsuit may impact liquor by the drink in Pigeon Forge.

The referendum passed by 100 votes earlier this month.  The Sevier County Election Commission certified the results Monday.

Wednesday, a group called Concerned Churches and Citizens of Pigeon Forge filed a lawsuit to contest the liquor vote.  The complaint was filed in Sevier County Chancery Court against the Sevier County Election Commission.

Overall, the anti-liquor group wants a new vote on the referendum.

Emerald Ash Borer infestation discovered in Smokies backcountry

Emerald Ash Borer infestation discovered in Smokies backcountry

A destructive pest has now spread in the backcountry of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Officials announced Wednesday that they had confirmed an infestation of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in the backcountry.

According to Park Biologist, Glenn Taylor, "The emerald ash borer is a 1/2 inch-long metallic green beetle that lays eggs on the bark on all species of ash trees. After hatching, the EAB larvae burrow under the bark, and create feeding tunnels that cut off nutrient and water flow to the tree. The tree can die in three to five years."

Man convicted of aggravated kidnapping girlfriend in Sevier Co.

Man convicted of aggravated kidnapping girlfriend in Sevier Co.

A Sevier County jury has convicted a man of kidnapping, strangling, and raping his girlfriend.

The jury convicted Ernest Pyle of two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping and one count of resisting arrest. Officials say Pyle held his girlfriend against her will at a Pigeon Forge hotel for five days where he brutally raped and threatened to kill her.

Pyle will be sentenced in January. He faces 25 years in prison for kidnapping charges, and an additional 11 months for resisting arrest.