Been busy with holiday events or shopping? Haven't had much time to watch WHNT News 19? Here's a look at some of the stories that stood out this week... in case you missed it!
Fire charges filed
This week, people in Gatlinburg, Tennessee started putting their lives back together after a devastating fire. Authorities investigating that blaze also made a startling announcement: Two juveniles are now charged with starting the fire.
They currently face charges of aggravated arson but could also be held responsible for the deaths of 14 people, or charged as adults. Here's what the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in its news conference...
On a related note...
Dolly's donation efforts
Dolly Parton and a number of her friends, including Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss, are set to perform during Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the "My People Fund" on Tuesday, Dec. 13 .
The nationally-broadcast, three-hour telethon seeks to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation's My People Fund, established by Parton, The Dollywood Company and Parton’s dinner theaters. The entertainment icon is from Sevier County, Tennessee.
Click here to learn more about how you can watch or donate.
Trump's the guy!
In case you missed it, Donald Trump was selected as Time's "Person of the Year" for 2016. The magazine also called him the leader of the "Divided States of America."
Mannequin Challenge Arrests
You may have seen the original video in your Facebook feed; of a mannequin challenge depicting a shootout filled with guns, outside a Huntsville house.
This week, law enforcement authorities made two arrests after what they called a long investigation stemming from the video. Capt. Mike Salomonsky described the effort to bring charges this way: "There are several persons in the video who may be convicted felons. So, we're going to try to do some identification, work with the ATF and see if we can generate any charges out of that."
Investigators say they were able to obtain enough probable cause through their investigation to get a search warrant for the home.
JC Penney leaving
Sad news if your kids love the Disney Store inside JC Penney (mine do.) After failed negotiations with the City of Huntsville to find a new location, the retailer is closing up shop at Madison Square Mall.
Penneys was basically the only store left standing at the once-popular mall. It will shutter its doors at the end of next January. The departure also clears the way for new development to take place on the site. Here's some info on those plans, in case you missed it...
A veteran and his dog
Here's a story that will warm your heart. Clay Luthy, a disabled Air Force vet, had been struggling to find work. He needed his service animal, a dog named Charlotte, to be with him.
Lowe’s in Abilene, Texas took the chance - hiring Luthy and Charlotte part-time.
“We were interviewing people for his position. And he was one of the applicants. And so he showed up for the interview and he had Charlotte with him,” Jay Fellers, a human resource manager at Lowes, told CNN affiliate KRBC.
Luthy and his furry friend have now been working together at the store for two months! A win-win for all involved (and the customers too.)
Click here to watch an adorable video of the two in action.