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Man arrested after allegedly punching dentist in the face

A McMinn County man is facing charges after a local dentist said he was assaulted.

Police say 67-year-old George Lasher has been charged with aggravated assault after being told he couldn't pay a $15 co-pay with a check. He walked out without paying, then Dr. Charles Pesce followed him to his car.

That's when police say Lasher punched Pesce in the face, then hit him with his vehicle before driving away.

Lasher has been released from the McMinn County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

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Former deputy suspected of stealing drugs pleads guilty

A former McMinn County deputy has pleaded guilty to official oppression.

Justin Hester, 30, is accused of stealing drugs during traffic stops in 2011.

A TBI investigation found Hester made several undocumented traffic stops and took prescription drugs from the cars. He didn't charge the drivers and also didn't turn the drugs over as evidence.

Hunters ask to open a feral hog hunting season

Their goal is to open a feral hog hunting season and allow them to use dogs when they track them. They say the animals have caused significant damage on private and public land.

Right now, hunters can kill feral hogs, but only if they get an exemption from the state.

The five counties asking for the changes are Polk, Monroe, White, Bradley and McMinn.

Next, they will try to find a state representative who supports changing the law.

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.

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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.

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State, local leaders to meet over hog hunting regs

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) - State officials plan to meet with county leaders to address restrictions on hog hunting.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency representatives will meet Tuesday with local officials to discuss a request to loosen the hunting regulations.

At least five East Tennessee counties have approved resolutions asking the state to restart a "dedicated season" for hunting feral hogs in wildlife management areas and to allow property owners to use dogs to hunt the animals on private property.