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Group opposing liquor in Pigeon Forge says measure would hurt kids

The liquor-by-the-drink fight continues in Pigeon Forge.

Supporters say taxes from liquor sales would generate a lot of money for the city's schools and benefit students.

An opposing group, Concerned Churches and Citizens of Pigeon Forge says that's not true. They held their latest meeting Thursday.

"The very people they're saying is gonna benefit is the kids that's going to be hurt the most. We know from statistics that more kids are killed by alcohol than all other illegal drugs put together," said Chairman Jess Davis.

Woman claims she shot & killed husband in self-defense

A Sevier County woman says she shot her husband in self-defense, after turning herself in to authorities.

According to Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals,911 received a call on Wednesday evening from a man who said he had been shot.  When deputies arrived at the home on Estates Drive in Seymour, the found Donald Gregory, 64, dead of a gunshot wound.

Around the same time, Gregory's wife and daughter, whose names have not been released, showed up at the sheriff's office.  One of the women told authorities she shot her husband in self-defense during a domestic dispute.

Supporters say Pigeon Forge liquor referendum will help schools

A group in Sevier County says allowing Pigeon Forge restaurants to serve liquor wouldn't just help businesses, they say it would help students too.

Supporters of Pigeon Forge's liquor by the drink tax met again Tuesday. This time around, the meeting focused on how the tax would help schools.

The group Forging Ahead says half of the money would go to schools and would cover technology, things like smart boards and wireless internet. That's something the schools say they're in desperate need of.

Social media increasingly used for severe weather updates

First it was snow, then ice, and now flooding.

"It's been really crazy," said Dennis Ferguson, Roane County Road Superintendent. "For a new road superintendent, don't get me wrong I love my job, but man we have been piled on with it. Last week I was up 36 hours."

Penguins predict the Super Bowl winner-- sort of

They're famous for their tobogganing and swimming skills, but now some East Tennessee penguins are diving into a different sport.

Wednesday afternoon, the penguins at the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies picked the Super Bowl winner-- sort of.

First, both birds chose the San Francisco 49ers as the big winner, but on a second attempt, they went for fellow birds and picked the Baltimore Ravens to win.

So if it were up to the penguins, Sunday's Super Bowl would end in a tie!

Businesses react to NPS plan to fix US-441 after landslide

Some Gatlinburg businesses are happy to hear about the National Park Service's plans to repair a major road in the Smokies that was washed away after a landslide.

Two-hundred feet of US-441 fell down an embankment just west of Cherokee, North Carolina in early January. The National Park Service said it expects to have that section of road fixed by early June.

Meth lab busts on the rise in Tennessee

The number of meth lab busts in Tennessee was up in 2012.

According to TBI statistics, there were 1,811 meth busts in the state last year. That's up more than 100 compared to the year before.

Anderson County had the most meth busts in the state with 130. Campbell County saw a decrease in the number of busts with 52 in 2012. That's down from 87 in 2011.

Knox County had 18 meth lab busts in 2012.