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East Tenn. family watches relative blast off to Space Station


(WBIR-Oneida) It was a galactic party Thursday in Oneida, certainly one you could call "out of this world."

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Trooper finds more than 2 lb of meth during traffic stop

(WBIR) A Kentucky man is in jail after a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper found a kilogram of meth in a car during a traffic stop in Campbell County.

The trooper pulled over Michael Hill, 42, of Versailles, Ky., Tuesday evening on I-75 northbound at the exit ramp of mile marker 156. He was pulled over for several traffic violations.

During the stop, the trooper found Hill was driving with a suspended license and was on parole for cocaine trafficking.

Parents charged after 3-year-old boy was burned plead not guilty

A Campbell County couple, facing charges after a 3-year-old was burned, pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday.

Deputies said the child suffered "scalding burns" while his stepfather Eric Bradley Morton was watching him. Officials charged the stepfather with aggravated child abuse and neglect. The child's mother, Nakita Louise Morton, is charged with aggravated child neglect. Judge Amanda Sammons set the couple's bail at $750,000 each and appointed them both attorneys.

Oneida cheerleaders bullied for pregame prayer


(WBIR-Scott County) The Oneida High School cheerleading squad is getting national attention after it chose to continue pregame prayer after the school replaced it with a moment of silence.

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Oneida cheerleaders defend prayer on Fox News

Local cheerleaders' fight to keep prayer on the football field has gained national attention.

A couple years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee asked Oneida High School to stop announcing prayers over the PA system, but Oneida bucked the order and kept the pre-game prayer. That continued until this season. Oneida High School started feeling pressure from outside groups to end that religious tradition, so they replaced the prayer with a moment of silence.

Deputies: Preacher tried to sell pills to undercover officers

Undercover officers said they busted an Anderson County preacher for trying to sell drugs to them in Morgan County.

Deputies said they caught Genesis Hawkins through an undercover drug operation in Oliver Springs. Hawkins and the deputy had set up a meeting to buy 60 pills of hydrocodone on Tuesday, but when he arrived, he had only 40 pills.

Authorities charged Hawkins for possession of hydrocodone for resale, according to the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.

Cheerleaders bring prayers back to the football field

EDITOR'S NOTE: Originally we reported that the ruling/letter came from TSSAA. It actually came from the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.