Train derailment in Maryville, 2 mile radius evacuated

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  About 5,000 people were evacuated overnight in response to a train derailment and dangerous chemical fire in East Tennessee.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office says a CSX train hauling toxic chemicals derailed near the Old Mt. Tabor Road crossing in Maryville at around midnight. One of the train’s nine cars reportedly left the track and caught fire.

The train is said to be carrying a clear, colorless, toxic, highly flammable liquid called Acrylonitrile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he'd like to see a bipartisan effort by Tennessee lawmakers in finding a solution to extend health care coverage.

Obama visited an elementary school in a northeast Nashville neighborhood on Wednesday where he spoke to about 70 people and reporters about his Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court a week earlier.

The White House had said Obama wasn't going to focus on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's failed plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.

The Murfreesboro Police department forwarded the following statement to the media at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening:

Around 4:45 this afternoon officers were on the scene of a shoplifting call at the WalMart on Old Fort Pkwy when the suspects attempted to run over the responding officers, who were on foot in the parking lot, with their vehicle. 

The officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle. The suspects refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated. After traveling several miles the suspects entered I-24 at the S Church St. ramp.

Murfreesboro man says he was carjacked, briefly

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Murfreesboro man says he was carjacked at gunpoint yesterday afternoon while his wife stepped into a local bank.

Searcy Street resident Kenneth M. Hughes has a disability that prevents him from speaking clearly, so police say he wrote down his description of the incident.

Can you help Murf. Police identify this suspect?

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- Murfreesboro Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they believe stole a 72-year-old woman’s purse.

Police say they were called to the Walmart on South Rutherford Blvd. in early June. Arrow Court resident Robbie Ferguson told police that a black male had snatched her purse out of her shopping cart.

Mrs. Ferguson says there were 11 credit cards, cash and a checkbook in the purse at the time.