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WBIR Olympic Opening Ceremonies Torch Relay

WBIR Olympic Opening Ceremonies Torch Relay

WBIR is inviting our community to take part in a Knoxville-wide Olympic torch bearer relay in celebration of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and to raise money for our friends at the United Way of Greater Knoxville.

Roane Co. inmates help keep community warm

(WBIR-Harriman) A new program in Roane County is catching fire due to the cooler temperatures, and it's enlisted some unlikely help.

The Roane County Highway Department regularly cleans up debris on the roads, including fallen trees.

Instead of taking the wood to a landfill, which costs $45 per load, Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson decided to give it back to the community for free.

Police: Elderly Rockwood man froze to death in his home

An elderly Roane County man was found dead in his home Tuesday. Officials said he'd fallen through the floor and froze to death.

According to Chief Danny Wright of Rockwood Police, Ray Knight, 85, lived alone in his home on Elm Street. He was reclusive, and never wanted anyone to help him.

Someone checked on him on Sunday and Monday during the unusually cold weather, and he was fine. But on Tuesday, it was discovered that Knight was trapped up to his armpits in the floor, which was in bad shape. The coroner said he died of hypothermia.

Shelters opening during dangerously cold temps

Shelters opening during dangerously cold temps

A couple of shelters have opened in East Tennessee to help folks trying to stay safe from the cold.

In Greene County, a shelter is open at Hal Henard Elementary School on East Vann Road. The director of emergency management says cots will be set up at the school, but there will not be food available.

Flights canceled, delayed at McGhee Tyson Airport

Flights canceled, delayed at McGhee Tyson Airport

Travelers need to check their flight statuses early in the week because many airlines are having delays and cancellations due to the winter storm.

The issues aren't caused by the weather in East Tennessee, but the weather in other states.

Road crews continue to treat roads

Road crews continue to treat roads

The following is a regularly-updated report on conditions across East Tennessee as an arctic blast arrives.

District 17

All counties (Hancock, Hawkins, Hamblen, Greene, Washington, Unicoi, Sullivan, Carter and Johnson) have a dusting to 1" except the mountains which have 1"-2" inches. No roadway issues anywhere in the district. Light snow blowing with somewhat heavier snow in the mountain areas. Crews are treating roadways.

District 18

Prosecutors want accused murderer back in jail

Roane County prosecutors want an accused murderer back behind bars, but their request has stalled.

Shawn Smoot is charged with first degree murder

in the death of Brooke Morris, his former employee and girlfriend. He is currently living in Knoxville while he awaits his trial.