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Former Cambell Co. animal shelter employee files lawsuit

A former employee of the Campbell County Animal Shelter is suing the county government to get her job back.

According to court documents, Brenda Watkins says she was wrongfully terminated from the shelter back in August. She had worked there for six years.

In the suit, Watkins asks for her job back, or for $100,000 in lost wages.

The shelter closed in April after a YouTube video claimed employees improperly euthanized animals, and has since reopened.

In the suit, Watkins says she complained of inhumane treatment of animals.

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Scott Co.'s unemployment highest in the state; Knox Co. among lowest

Tennessee's unemployment rate came in at 8.1 percent, 1.1 percent high the the national average. In October 2013, the state's rate was 8.5 percent.

Knox County has the lowest unemployment rate in East Tennessee. It dropped to 5.9 percent last month, down considerably from October's 6.7 percent.

Some of the East Tennessee counties with the higher November unemployment rates include Jefferson County (8.8 percent), Green County (9.6 percent), Cocke County (9.7 percent), Monroe County (9.7 percent), and Scott County (15.7 percent).

Campbell Co. deputy passes away on Christmas Eve

(WBIR) Funeral arrangements have been scheduled for a Campbell County deputy and assistant pastor who passed away on Christmas Eve.

Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins said Billy Rich Tackett, 65, passed away at LaFollette Medical Center on Tuesday. Tackett served as a Campbell County deputy for seven years. Before his time with the sheriff's department, Tackett was a state trooper and a Vietnam War veteran. He was also the assistant pastor at Guiding Star Baptist Church for a number of years.

Oneida police offering reward for information on pharmacy burglary

It happened November 8th at Roark's Health Mart Pharmacy on Alberta Street, in Oneida. Police suspect at least three people used a bar to open the front door, before filling a trash bag with a large amount of prescription drugs.

If you have any information, call the crime stoppers hotline at (888) 479-8477. Rx patrol is donating the $2,500 reward as part of of a collaborative effort between pharmacists and law enforcement to fight pharmacy theft.

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Campbell County animal shelter has few dogs for adoption, lots of cats

(WBIR - Campbell County) Walker, a brown and white Great Pyrenees - Golden Retriever mix, is one of only a few dogs remaining at the Adrion Baird Animal Shelter. Most of the dog kennels located toward the back of the building are empty.

Beth Caldwell, a staff member for the animal shelter, said, "It's awesome. It's good to know that the animals are going out and finding new homes."

State to require all businesses to license


(WBIR-Morgan County, TN) Come 2014, every business in the state of Tennessee will be required to get a business license, or risk paying a fine.

Stolen penguins in Sunbright, police offer reward


Update Thursday:
Two missing penguins from the Sunbright City Park have returned home. The lighted penguins are part of a festive display in the center of town.