5 things to know this morning

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- Here are the top five stories from Local 8 News Anchor Casey Wheeless to get you out the door this morning. Stay connected to Local 8 News online.

1.Powell shooting survivor offers no clues for motive

The Knox County Sheriff's Office said deputies were searching for two suspects, described as armed and dangerous, following a deadly Tuesday night shooting in Powell.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office pronounced 19-year-old Cameron Smith dead at the scene Tuesday night. Deputies said the driver and the passenger both suffered gunshot wounds.

Deputies said the passenger, 20-year old Lucas Halliburton, was is in stable condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Deputies asked for help finding two black men considered suspects in the case. Both men were described as armed and dangerous. Anyone with information was asked to call 865-215-2243.

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2. Boy Scouts to let girls join, East Tennesseans react

In a historic move Wednesday, The Boy Scouts of America said they will be admitting girls to more programs.

The Boy Scouts board of directors, which approved the plan unanimously in a meeting at BSA headquarters in Texas, said the change was needed to provide more options for parents.

“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s chief scout executive.

The Girl Scouts of the USA criticized the initiative, saying it strained the century-old bond between the two organizations. Girl Scout officials have suggested the BSA’s move was driven partly by financial problems and a need to boost revenue.

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3. Sevierville Police: 18-year-old shoots 15-year-old with AR-15

A 15-year-old boy was flown to the hospital after he was shot in the neck by an 18-year-old with an AR-15 on Wednesday, according to a preliminary report by the Sevierville Police Department.

Officers responded to a 911 call from 106 Nichols Street at 3:07 p.m. Wednesday. When investigators arrived on the scene, they found a 15-year-old boy who had been shot in the neck.

According to preliminary information from the Sevierville Police Department, it appears the victim was shot with an AR-15 style rifle by an 18-year-old male inside the home on Nichols Street. Two other men were reportedly inside the house at the time of the shooting.

Although the investigation is in its early stages, investigators say it appears the shooting may have been accidental.

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4. Emergency alerts get scrutiny after deadly California wildfires

After fast-moving wildfires left at least 23 bodies in their wake, California fire officials say they will assess the effectiveness of emergency alert systems.

Communities in the wildfire-prone state use an array of electronic systems to send out alerts to residents when they need to evacuate, including text messages and emails.

But it might not be possible to reach everyone in danger, with so little time to react.

State fire agency Chief Ken Pimlott said Wednesday that many people were in bed when the fires hit communities Sunday night and there was "little time to notify anybody by any means."

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department said thousands of texts were sent warning residents to flee.

But some evacuees said they were never warned of the danger.

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5. KPD: Two teens detained in string of vandalism

Knoxville police detained two juvenile males in connection with several acts of vandalism with BB guns.

At around 4 a.m. on October 10, police located and detained two males, one 17-year-old and one 15-year-old near Kenyon Street. Investigators say they were in possession of a backpack that contained three BB guns with a large amount of BBs.

Both teens were taken to the Safety Building and, after receiving permission from their guardians, were interviewed by investigators.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

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