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5 Tennessee wine trails to visit this summer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee is home to some of the country’s most beautiful mountains and parks. But if you’re looking to tackle one of the state’s many trails without the fear of getting poison ivy, the state has you covered there too – wine trails!


15 wineries & vineyards around Middle Tennessee

What better way to spend a summer weekend than trying out local wineries and vineyards? Here’s a list of five wine trails you can explore in the Volunteer State.

Rocky Top Wine Trail

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Right in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll find the Rocky Top Wine Trail. You can pick up your passport at one of the participating wineries. If you visit three locations, you receive a free souvenir wine glass. There is also a gift for visiting all five wineries!

Wineries on the Trail

Hillside Winery
Apple Barn Winery
Apple Barn Cider House
Mountain Valley Winery
Mill Bridge Winery

To learn more about each winery, click here.

Upper Cumberland Wine Trail

Cookeville, Tennessee (and surrounding areas)

Take a trip through the beautiful Upper Cumberland back roads and sample a group of wineries that are all small and family-owned. Pick up a “Wine Trail Rack Card” at any of the eight wineries or visitor centers. If you complete the trail you receive a special gift!

Wineries on the Trail

Cellar 53 Winery
Chestnut Hill Winery
DelMonaco Winery & Vineyard
Highland Manor Winery
Holly Ridge Winery & Vineyards
Northfield Vineyards
Paris Winery
Stonehaus Winery

To learn more about each winery, click here.


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Natchez Trace Wine Trail

Hampshire, Tennessee (and surrounding areas)

About an hour east of Nashville is where you’ll find the Natchez Trace Wine Trail which is comprised of four family-owned wineries. You can download the passport for the trail here.

Wineries on the Trail

Grinder’s Switch Winery
Keg Springs Winery
Amber Falls Winery
Natchez Hills Vineyard

To learn more about each winery, click here.

Foothills Wine & Cider Trail

Knoxville, Tennessee (and surrounding areas)

The Foothills Wine & Cider Trail is the perfect blend of nature and wine! From award-winning wines and ciders to festivals and gorgeous vineyards, there is something for everyone on this trail!

Wineries on the Trail

Tsali Notch Vineyard
Cades Cove Cellars
Mill Bridge Winery
Wyile Cider Mill
Pigeon River Winery

To learn more about each winery, click here.


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Wine Trail of West Tennessee

From Memphis to Paris, Tennessee (and surrounding areas)

Head west to enjoy a truly unique experience that you can only find on the Wine Trail of West Tennessee. Each winery is family-owned and dedicated to serving up a good time with good wine.

Wineries on the Trail

Old Millington Winery
Delta Blues Winery
de terra Winery & Vineyard
Century Farm Winery
Crown Winery
Paris Winery
White Squirrel Winery

To learn more about each winery, click here.

A few strong storms possible Wednesday through Friday

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Please stay weather aware Wednesday as there could be a few strong storms, especially to the north. Any storm could contain gusty winds, hail, and heavy rain.


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Storms will develop late Wednesday morning and continue through early evening.

A few strong storms will also be likely on Thursday, especially north and west of Nashville.

Strong storms will be likely Thursday afternoon and then again Friday morning into Friday night. The biggest threats again with these storms will be wind, hail, and heavy rain.


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1-year-old allegedly ingests THC at Antioch unlicensed daycare

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Tennessee Department of Human Services filed a restraining order on Tuesday against a daycare owner after a child was sent to the hospital.

Sparkle’s Playhouse in Antioch, operated by Sparkle Goins, has had a number of complaints filed against the unlicensed child care agency since 2016.

A complaint filed on Monday by DHS states that Goins has been illegally operating based on the state code. Tennessee law states that a child care agency must have a license in order to have five or more unrelated children for three or more hours at a time.


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In complaints from 2016, 2017, and 2018, Goins told DHS that the children she cared for were her family. But the state code does not include cousins as relatives.

Complaints made against the daycare allege that Goins had too many children in the home and that her teenage daughter watched them without Goins present.

On May 17, parents of a 1-year-old filed a complaint after their child returned home “appearing drowsy.” After taking him to Vanderbilt’s emergency room the child tested positive for THC, according to the DHS complaint.

DHS states that Goins said her daughter’s friend did have edibles in her purse that the child got into and ingested while she was distracted.


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The restraining order filed by DHS on Tuesday enjoined Goins from opening or operating without a proper license.

News 2 attempted to speak to Goins at her home in Antioch. She denied our request for interview through Facebook Messenger.

Metro Police said there are no charges filed against Goins at this time.

Vandals hit Nashville home 3 times this month

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NASHVILLE, Tenn (WKRN) — A Nashville home has been hit by vandals at least three times this month according to Metro Police.

It happened on Ivywood Drive in the Clovernook neighborhood.

Chris Hall owns the property and has been renovating the home for a while. But he says the vandals have caused an estimated $35,000 worth of damage to it since May 1. Right now no one is living in the home.

“It’s gotten so severe that we can’t even keep up with the damage because it’s increasing more and more and more,” Hall said. “This is something that is costing money out of someone’s pocket to fix the house!”


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The vandals spray-painted expletives on walls, broke windows, and threw paint on the backside of the house. Hall said based off the words painted on the home he thinks the vandalism was done deliberately.

“Deep down I’m hurt for my family and I’m hurt that people can find it upon themselves to do this much damage to other people’s property,” Hall said. “Before this gets worse for them, it would be in their best interest to come forward and at least work some sort of solution out. Because we are not out to hurt anyone, but we will prosecute to the fullest if this is left undone.”


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According to a Metro Nashville Police report, neighbors told investigators they saw two teenagers running from the home on Sunday night.

If you know who’s responsible for the damage to Hall’s home, you can call Metro Police at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

Hall said he will also pay a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

Delano men arrested by Tulare Deputies in months-long drug investigation

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DELANO, Calif. (KGET) — The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in Delano in a months-long drug investigation on Monday.

TCSO Deputies had been investigating the men over illegal drug activity in and out of Tulare County over the past few months. They served search warrants in the 400 block of Via De Moreno and 300 block of Calle Diego Street in Delano on Monday. During the search, deputies found seven guns, a little more than one pound of meth, one ounce of cocaine, about 5,000 fentanyl pills and $15,000 in cash.

Reynaldo Nunez Ontiveros

TCSO Deputies arrested Reynaldo Nunez Ontiveros, 36, for possession and transportation of methamphetamine and possession of narcotics for sales. Ontiveros was booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office South County Facility.

Hector Medel

TCSO Deputies also arrested Hector Medel, 21, for possession and transportation of methamphetamine and cocaine and possession of narcotics for sales. Medel was booked at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office South County Facility.

TCSO said the cases are still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Thigpin with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218. Anonymous information can also be sent in by sending a text or email to TCSO@tipnow.com or call 1-800-TIPNOW.

High School Tuesday – May 25, 2021

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East Peoria softball celebrates another Mid-Illini Championship on the ball diamond. Washington softball puts on a hitting clinic. Normal West and Peoria Notre Dame softball go to extra innings.

Peoria Notre Dame and Richwoods baseball go to extras in rivalry game. Morton baseball edges out Brimfield.

Morton soccer blanks East Peoria and Dunlap soccer celebrates senior day.

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Giolito, White Sox beat Flaherty, Cards 8-3 in HS reunion

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CHICAGO (AP) — Lucas Giolito beat Jack Flaherty in a major league matchup of former high school teammates, leading the Chicago White Sox to an 8-3 victory over the sloppy St. Louis Cardinals. Giolito pitched six innings of two-run ball in his second straight win, easily getting the better of a shaky Flaherty hurt by another poor defensive performance by the Cardinals. Flaherty lasted just 3 2/3 innings in his shortest outing of the season. The Harvard-Westlake reunion also had a little history behind the plate, with Joe West working a record 5,376th regular-season game, snapping a tie with Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem. 

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Countries eager to reopen to travel as pandemic recedes

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Around the globe, countries are taking different approaches for re-opening to travel after more than a year of virtual lockdowns in most of the world. Europe is opening slowly, and officials there are considering requiring so-called vaccine passports to help speed the recovery in travel. In the Caribbean, island nations are taking an aggressive approach, eager to lure back tourists who keep their economies afloat.

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AP Investigation: Myanmar’s junta using bodies to terrorize

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An investigation by The Associated Press and the Human Rights Center Investigations Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, identified more than 130 cases where security forces appeared to be using corpses and the bodies of the wounded to create anxiety, uncertainty, and strike fear in the civilian population. The investigation found bodies being dragged through streets, secret cremations, and numerous autopsies were done without the permission of families. Since the military seized control of Myanmar on Feb. 1, more than 825 people have been killed, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which monitors arrests and deaths.  

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3 dead after Japanese vessel, Russian freighter collide

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TOKYO (AP) — Three crew members of a Japanese crab fishing vessel have died after a collision with a Russian freighter in the Sea of Okhotsk, north of Japan’s Hokkaido island, Japan’s government spokesman says the Japanese vessel overturned following the collision. The Russian cargo ship rescued all five crew members, but three were confirmed dead after arriving at the port of Mombetsu. The AMUR had departed Sakhalin on Tuesday and was carrying crabs to the Japanese port.

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