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Zaxby's raising money for Kaliszewski family Thursday evening

Zaxby's raising money for Kaliszewski family Thursday evening

Thursday evening, a Seymour store is giving back to the family of Courteney Kaliszewski, the teen killed earlier this month in a church van accident.

16-year-old Kaliszewski and 45-year-old Jeff Trussell died when an SUV hit their van carrying 12 people head-on. Several others were hurt.

Amelia Keown's family takes law proposal to the capitol

Amelia Keown's family takes law proposal to the capitol

A family struck by tragedy is now working to prevent others from suffering their same loss.

Crews practice Smokies swiftwater rescues

Crews practice Smokies swiftwater rescues

Two East Tennessee fire departments joined with the National Park Service to practice swiftwater rescues in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Townsend Volunteer Fire Department and Blount County Fire Department trained with the National Park Service at the Sinks waterfall, which is ten miles southeast of Gatlinburg. The Sinks are known for their swift waters. Last year, a 17-year-old Florida girl died after she was swept over the 15-foot-waterfall.

Classmates organize celebration of life for teen who died in church van crash

Classmates organize celebration of life for teen who died in church van crash

Thrusday, students remembered the life of a Seymour High School teenager who was killed in a church van crash. Courteney Kaliszewski's classmates organized a celebration of life at Summitt Church in Seymour.

The service first started as a small event, then quickly grew, with so many people planning to attend that it moved from a home to the church.

Those who knew Courteney say she was always a great friend and classmate.

Students plan memorial for church van crash victim

Students plan memorial for church van crash victim

Seymour High School students plan to meet Thursday night to remember one of their own at an event organized by the teens themselves.

Courteney Kaliszewski, 16, died Sunday in a church van crash on Chapman Highway along with Cedar Grove Baptist youth director Jeff Trussell. Ten other people were injured, after the driver of a Chevy Blazer crashed into the van head-on on Chapman Highway.

Reward increased for information in Gatlinburg murder case

Reward increased for information in Gatlinburg murder case

The state is hoping a bigger reward will lead to an arrest in the murder of a Gatlinburg business woman.

More than three years ago, Shannon Hercutt was discovered at the bottom of a steep hill inside her SUV. Investigators first thought it was an accident, but an autopsy revealed she had been beaten in the head.

According to Hercutt's family, the state is now adding $10,000 to the reward in the case, bringing the total to $35,000.

If you have any information in Hercutt's murder, you're asked to call the Sevier County Sheriff's Office at (865) 453-4668.

VA clinic opens in Sevierville

VA clinic opens in Sevierville

Thousands of East Tennessee veterans can now receive care much closer to home if they live in the Sevier County area. 

Veterans and local officials celebrated Tuesday the opening of a new VA clinic in the former Fort Sanders Hospital near Middle Creek Road in Sevierville.

Prior to its opening, vets had to travel more than an hour and a half to Mountain Home, or about 45 minutes to Knoxville to see a VA doctor.

Officials say the facility will serve about 2,300 veterans with primary care and mental health services.