Parton ended the year by spreading some holiday cheer with her first full length Christmas album in 30 years, "A Holly Dolly Christmas," with a holiday special by the same name airing on CBS. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A co-founder of Clayton Homes, a national home-building company, was killed when a helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River, relatives said … Prominent Tennessee businessman Joe Clayton, the co-founder of Clayton Homes, was identified this afternoon as the victim of a helicopter crash in Knoxville on Monday night.. Clayton… Tennessee was all-in for Donald Trump. declared a state of emergency for the city. We will update as more information becomes available. During the conversation, he talked … Community members gathered to create a mural on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in front of Austin East High School. The brother of millionaire entrepreneur Jim Clayton was reportedly killed Monday after a helicopter carrying the siblings, a grandson and their family friend crashed into the Tennessee River. She partnered with "RuPaul's Drag Race" favorite Nina West to release a "Kindness is Queen," collaborative collection to benefit children's literacy and LGBTQ+ youth and families. Posted by Amanda Hara on Monday, August 3, 2020. Officers say Joe and Jim Clayton, along with John McBride and Flynt Griffin, were aboard when it crashed. He was named the SEC Player of the Year in 1955 and 1956. Cofounder of Clayton Homes dies in Tennessee River helicopter crash. The FAA said the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident. Dolly Parton: ‘The whole magic about me is that I look artificial, but I’m totally real’. He guided Pittsburgh to a national championship and undefeated season in 1976 before coming to coach Tennessee in 1977. Tennessee, and the whole country, had hoped she would be found alive. Election 2020 was a contentious one nationwide, with record breaking voter turnout of more than 220,000 in Knox County. All rights reserved. 'It's nothing but pain': The latest on the cases of violence against Black people that sparked America's racial reckoning. Deputies shot and killed Idris Abdus-Salaam, a 33-year-old truck driver from Durham, North Carolina, after he stabbed a customer and three employees of a Pilot Travel Center on Strawberry Plains Pike, authorities said. Take a look back through some of the top stories we covered throughout 2020. Melrose shares an address with Omninet Capital, the private investment firm of Beverly Hills-based billionaire Neil Kadisha. He helped found Clayton Homes and Clayton … Trump supporters heckle Romney, chanting ‘traitor’ on a flight to D.C. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Clayton Homes co-founder Joe Clayton, 84, died in an Aug. 3 helicopter crash. With her backing, Moderna went on to develop one that was more than 95 percent effective against the virus. ", donated $1 million toward finding a COVID-19 vaccine, spreading some holiday cheer with her first full length Christmas album in 30 years, 'Dolly Christmas' can help you forget 2020, brother and fellow Clayton Homes co-founder, Helicopter in fatal crash pulled out of Tennessee River near Sequoyah Hills, Pilot stabbing suspect acted alone and was 'angry at all people in general', How Knoxville Center Mall e-commerce plan could impact traffic, road improvements. In a Billboard interview published in August, Parton defended Black Lives Matter protests after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The rezoning is part of a $30-million building plan from Hillwood Enterprises, which develops e-commerce fulfillment centers across the country for clients such as Amazon and Wayfair. The Knoxville Fire Department said the crash occurred around 7:42 p.m. Monday just behind a home in the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood on Lakeview Drive. Three others escaped the wreckage and were rescued by a pontoon boat that was on the river near Knoxville on Monday night, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. During some of the most difficult moments of 2020, she continued her track record of philanthropy and positivity that made her one of USA TODAY's Women of the Century. Joe Clayton, a beloved businessman and family man, called his son Rick on Monday morning to catch up on business. Joe Clayton died in the crash. Here's how Knox County voted. She also donated $1 million toward finding a COVID-19 vaccine. Former president of Clayton Homes among 3 survivors of Monday night's deadly helicopter crash in TN River. A helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River near the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood, killing Joe Clayton. Knox County Schools shut down in-person classes early to keep families safe before winter break. At one point, James L. Clayton was listed as the registered agent of CFA Holdings, Inc. in state records. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A co-founder of Clayton Homes, a national home-building company, was killed when a helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River, relatives said Tuesday. Over time, local political figures including Kincannon, the Board of Health members, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs and Gov. Here's a look back at some of 2020's top news stories here in Knoxville. District Attorney: Pilot stabbing suspect acted alone and was 'angry at all people in general', Suspect's mother: 'He's not a violent person'. Downtown's Hotel Knoxville is sold again, this time to a California billionaire, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Shortly before 8 p.m., dispatch said crews entered the water near the US Marine Corp base off of Alcoa Highway to search for the fourth passenger. according to previous Knox News reporting. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Newly released 911 calls from Knox County E911 reveal witnesses’ shock as a helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River Monday night, leaving one person dead. In the interview she also defended her 2018 decision to remove the word "Dixie" from Dolly Parton's Stampede attraction in Pigeon Forge. His brother and fellow Clayton Homes co-founder Jim Clayton was piloting the helicopter when it crashed into the Tennessee River, according to federal investigators. More: Downtown's Hotel Knoxville is sold again, this time to a California billionaire. Knox County Schools took a hiatus until the fall semester and Knox County Health Department Director Dr. Martha Buchanan issued a "safer at home order," encouraging residents to shelter at home as much as possible. Three others escaped the wreckage and were rescued by a pontoon boat that was on the river near Knoxville on Monday night, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Restaurants, bars, gyms and commercial venues closed. Angela M. Gosnell, Knoxville News Sentinel. Megan Boswell is accused of killing her daughter under two separate legal theories — that the child's death resulted from an act of child abuse or that the child's death resulted from an act of child neglect, a Knox News review of the presentment shows. A month before its closure, the building was only booking at about 20 percent occupancy, according to previous Knox News reporting. Authorities found the body of 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell in March, 17 days after her grandfather reported her missing. The year has been packed with news headlines: from the COVID-19 pandemic to the contentious election in November, a new president-elect and the hope of a new vaccine. Joe Clayton, the co-founder of Clayton Homes and Clayton Automobiles, lost his life in a helicopter crash on the Tennessee River late Monday night. The survivors were picked up by a pontoon boat as they swam to shore. Joe Clayton, business partner and brother to Jim, identified as helicopter crash victim Ryan Wilusz, Knoxville News Sentinel 8/4/2020 Thanksgiving … Knoxville was fully engaged in Black Lives Matter marches and demonstrations this summer after tensions boiled over after the March 13 death of Louisville resident Breonna Taylor and the May 25 death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A co-founder of Clayton Homes, a national home-building company, was killed when a helicopter crashed into the … Jim Clayton, McBride and Flynt were not injured and were picked up by a boat. No!”, More: Dolly Parton defends protesters: "Of course Black lives matter.". The Board of Health passed a countywide mask mandate in July and city police began enforcing bar and restaurant curfews in November. Update 2:50 p.m. EDT Aug. 4: Family members told WATE that Joe Clayton, who co-founded manufactured housing company Clayton Homes in 1966, died in Monday’s crash. It's hard to keep up! Protestors marched peacefully in Knoxville on several occasions, demanding justice and accountability for unjust killings of Black Americans by police officers. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on a helicopter that crash landed into the Tennessee River August 3 and killed Clayton Automobiles and Clayton Homes co-founder Joe Clayton. Sullivan County District Attorney Barry Staubus is expected to announce in January whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty in Boswell's case. Corcoran said … @wvlt https://t.co/k3btQHfbGA pic.twitter.com/b81MLMXaxY. “I am devastated and completely heartbroken by the loss of my wonderful brother, Joe,” Jim said in a news release. My thoughts and concerns are totally for Joe’s family right now.”. Just after 10:30 p.m., KFD announced that the body of the fourth passenger had been recovered and pronounced dead. The Knoxville hotel is its first commercial purchase in Tennessee. The pilot involved in Monday's fatal helicopter crash that killed Clayton Homes co-founder Joe Clayton was flying on an expired license that was extended because of the coronavirus pandemic, records Associated Press declared Joe Biden the winner, The latest on the cases of violence against Black people that sparked America's racial reckoning, Protestors marched peacefully in Knoxville, Johnny Majors not only excelled in college football, he loved being a part of it | Adams, Will Evelyn Boswell's teen mom face the death penalty? On August 3, 2020, Clayton, along with his brother Joe, Clayton Holdings VP Flynt Griffin, and developer John McBride, were onboard Clayton’s Eurocopter EC130 when it crashed into the Tennessee River near the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood of Knoxville around 7:45 p.m. The Clayton helicopter wreckage is removed from the Tennessee River after a fatal crash Monday evening near Sequoyah Hills in Knoxville, Tenn. on … Her star-studded Netflix series, "Dolly Parton's Heartstrings" received an Emmy nomination in late June, and in July, she partnered with American Greetings for line of greeting cards sold at Walmart. The person who died has not been identified. Officials confirmed Tuesday that the victim was Joe Clayton, co-founder of Clayton Automobiles and Clayton Homes. In his 16 seasons at Tennessee from 1977-92, Majors compiled a 116-62-8 record. One of downtown Knoxville's most recognizable buildings, the trapezoid-shaped Hotel Knoxville, closed in March. Three women died and a fourth person was injured in a stabbing spree at an East Knox County truck stop in April. The Associated Press declared Joe Biden the winner of the election through its calculations and he will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. 'I felt threatened': Board of health members slam Glenn Jacobs for ominous video, More: Knox County commissioner tries again to strip power from board of health. Watch: Helicopter in fatal crash pulled out of Tennessee River near Sequoyah Hills. @tnwildlife and @knoxsheriff searching water after helicopter crashes into Tennessee River @wvlt pic.twitter.com/eyXne9cLPB, Multiple agencies are working a helicopter crash in the Tennessee River between Alcoa Highway and Sequoyah Hills. Bill Lee would voice opposing views on COVID-19 safety measures. Majors earned consensus All-America honors in 1956, when he rushed for 549 yards and seven touchdowns and passed for 552 yards and five touchdowns. A Sullivan County grand jury charged Evelyn's 18-year-old mother Megan with 19 charges in her daughter's death, including felony murder, aggravated child abuse, lying to officers and "abuse of a corpse," a charge typically leveled for moving or hiding a body. Clayton Homes co-founder Joe Clayton, 84, died in an Aug. 3 helicopter crash. Joe Clayton, co-founder of Maryville-based Clayton Homes and Clayton Automobiles, died late Monday when a helicopter crashed in the Tennessee River near downtown Knoxville. Businessman Jim Clayton among three survivors of Tennessee River helicopter crash Jim and Joe Clayton found Clayton Homes, a manufactured housing company, in … Here's how Knox County voted. More: 'Dolly Christmas' can help you forget 2020. Trump received about 20,000 more Knox County votes in 2020 than in 2016, and Biden received nearly 30,000 more Knox County votes than Clinton received in 2016. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Joe Clayton, the cofounder of Clayton Automobiles and Clayton Homes, died in Monday night’s helicopter crash in the Tennessee River. Knoxville police said James Clayton, John McBride and Flynt Griffin survived the crash and were rescued by a nearby pontoon boat. “I am devastated and completely heartbroken by the loss of my wonderful brother, Joe,” Jim Clayton said. Of those voters, nearly 80 percent voted early or by absentee ballot. The Clayton family will be … trapezoid-shaped Hotel Knoxville, closed in March. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A co-founder of Clayton Homes, a national home-building company, was killed when a helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River, relatives said Tuesday. “Joe and I were as close as two brothers can be, and, as only siblings, we have supported each other since growing up together on a farm in West Tennessee and as business partners for decades. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Authorities on high alert as pro-Trump supporters flood DC to protest election. Cases of the virus reached record highs in November, continuing a deadly trajectory into December. East Tennessee country music legend Dolly Parton made headlines over and over again in 2020. He was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987. Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? UPDATE: Officials on scene discussing missing passenger in Tennessee River after helicopter crash. Survivors identified as James Clayton, John McBride, Flynt Griffin, according to KPD report. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – More information came to light Tuesday about the helicopter crash that killed one of the founders of Clayton Homes. More: Will Evelyn Boswell's teen mom face the death penalty? Over his coaching career, Majors compiled a 185-137-10 record in 29 seasons as a head coach at Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Joe Clayton, the co-founder of Clayton Automobiles and Clayton Homes, was killed in a helicopter crash in Knoxville on … He finished as the Heisman Trophy runner-up behind Notre Dame's Paul Hornung. FAA records show the aircraft belongs to CFA Holdings, Inc., a company that state records show is registered to the same address as a First Bank branch in downtown Knoxville. Now it seems the complex will be reborn as an e-commerce hub, after Knoxville City Council rezoned the property for industrial use in November. Soon after, Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon declared a state of emergency for the city. Just before 8 p.m. Monday a chopper … President Donald Trump won over challenger Joe Biden in Knox County by about 15 percent, compared to Trump's 23 percent win over Hillary Clinton in 2016. He starred as the Vols’ single-wing tailback in an era when most programs had switched to the T-formation. Prosecutors are still undecided. Knoxville couple rushes out on a pontoon to save helicopter crash survivors Clayton family members, friend aboard helicopter that went down in Fort Loudoun Lake Jobs “And of course Black lives matter. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Knox County Rescue Squad, and Knoxville Fire Department could be seen scouring the area on boat and by air. Please stay away from the area as emergency crews respond for rescue efforts. KFD originally said the three who escaped were taken to a hospital, but later said that none of the three needed medical treatment and denied transportation. August 4, 2020. “I am very grateful to the emergency personnel who responded so quickly and professionally and to the caring couple on a nearby boat who gave assistance,” Jim Clayton said. Board of Health passed a countywide mask mandate in July, Board of health members slam Glenn Jacobs for ominous video, Knox County commissioner tries again to strip power from board of health. His brother James (Jim) Clayton, cofounder of Clayton Homes, survived the crash along with their grandson, Flynt Griffin, and their friend, John (Jay) McBride. The helicopter that crashed into the Tennessee River is connected to First Bank. Former University of Tennessee football star and legendary coach Johnny Majors died on June 3 at age 85. Three other passengers were recovered after the crash including Jim Clayton … #UPDATE One person is dead and three people escaped after a helicopter crash. More than 200 Knox County residents have died since the first local case of COVID-19 was discovered in March. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A co-founder of Clayton Homes, a national home-building company, was killed when a helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River, relatives said Tuesday. “I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” she said in the interview. Prosecutors are still undecided, "Dolly Parton's Heartstrings" received an Emmy nomination, ‘The whole magic about me is that I look artificial, but I’m totally real’, Dolly Parton defends protesters: "Of course Black lives matter. But while Tennessee remained Republican, other key states swung blue as absentee ballots rolled in. Over the next several months, Knox County would follow, and not follow, advice coming from the highest levels of government, including the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Brothers and cofounders of Clayton auto and home sales Joe and Jim Clayton were with grandson Flynt Griffin and family friend Jay McBride in a helicopter that crashed into the Tennessee River, officials said. More: How Knoxville Center Mall e-commerce plan could impact traffic, road improvements. Knoxville Center Mall, known to many as East Towne Mall, closed at the beginning of the year. The property changed hands twice this year, first being purchased or $8.3 million in March by BSPRT Knox Owner LLC. Clayton was a prominent East Tennessee businessman, co-founder of Clayton Automobiles and Clayton Homes. pic.twitter.com/fDEW8u5FE5. 2020 helicopter crash. He rushed for 1,622 yards and passed for 1,135 during his career. A helicopter crash in the Tennessee River Monday claimed the life of Joe Clayton, the co-founder of Clayton Automobiles and Clayton Homes. Months later, Melrose Knoxville LLC bought it for $16.8 million. A native of Lynchburg, Tennessee, Majors played at Tennessee from 1953-56. Open as a Hyatt Regency in 1971, the hotel was Knoxville's largest, boasting 378 rooms and 26 meeting spaces. Copyright 2020 WVLT. Rescue crews recovered Joe's body about two hours later within a few feet of the crash site. Officials identified the aircraft as a Eurocopter EC-130. Jim, along with local businessman John McBride and Jim's grandson, Flynt Griffin, were rescued by pontoon boat. Majors ran, passed, punted, returned kicks and played defense. More: Tennessee was all-in for Donald Trump. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A prominent Knoxville businessman was killed and three others were rescued after a helicopter crashed into Fort Loudoun Lake on … “Joe and I were as close as two brothers can be, and, as only siblings, we have supported each other since growing up together on a farm in West Tennessee and as business partners for decades.". More: Johnny Majors not only excelled in college football, he loved being a part of it | Adams. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Family members have identified the man killed Monday night when a helicopter crashed into the Tennessee River. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Year in review- A look back through Knoxville Tn 2020. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. 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