5 things to know this morning

(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. Animals killed in Little Ponderosa Zoo blaze

Several animals were killed in a fire at the Little Ponderosa Zoo in Clinton, according to the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

The main barn entrance, which held a number of exhibits, was destroyed. Approximately 15 primates, reptiles, birds and small feline were lost to the fire.

Flames ripped through the facility's main barn just after 12 p.m. on Monday. Firefighters still worked to determine a cause, but believed it was an accident.

Volunteers told Local 8 News, the barn housed more than 100 animals, which included birds, reptiles, and primates.

"A lot of the animals in the barn did not survive because they didn't have time to get them out," Michelle Lockhart, a volunteer, said.

TWRA said 15 animals died, but it's still early on in the investigation.

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2. UT Coaching Search: Fulmer interviews three candidates, according to sources

As the search for a new head football coach enters its third week, newly named athletics director Phillip Fulmer interviewed two sitting coordinators at SEC schools, according to our media partners at Volquest.com

Kevin Steele was interviewed on Sunday according to Austin Price of Volquest. Fulmer and Steele have a history together at Tennessee dating back to the late 1970's. Steele is currently the defensive coordinator at Auburn. The only head coaching stint for Steele was from 1999-2002 at Baylor where he tallied a 9-36 record over four years, winning only one conference game.

Fulmer also spent time with Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker on Sunday. Tucker's career as a defensive coach in the NFL spans from 2005-2014 with Cleveland, Jacksonville and Chicago. Tucker does not have any head coaching experience.

Chad Morris of SMU, who's name circulated during Currie's time as AD, was also interviewed according to Volquest.

Fulmer will be in New York Tuesday for the National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner where Peyton Manning will be honored.

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3. Bell County K-9 killed in the line of duty

A Kentucky sheriff's office says a police dog has been killed in the line of duty.

In a news release posted shortly before midnight Sunday, the Bell County Sheriff's Department said K-9 Officer James Taulbee and his K-9 partner, Kane, were assisting another agency on a search Sunday when Kane was hit by a car.

Sheriff Mitch Williams said the department was devastated.

4. Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.

The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in September.

The ban applies to travelers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a "bona fide" relationship with someone in the United States could not be kept out of the country. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded.

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5. Jury selected in Zaevion Dobson murder trial

The murder trial of Zaevion Dobson kicked off Monday in Knox County.

Kipling Colbert faces charges of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and employing a firearm during a dangerous felony. Christopher Bassett faces charges of unlawful possession of a weapon, first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and employing a firearm during a dangerous felony. Richard Williams faces charges of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and employing a firearm during a dangerous felony.

The jury was selected Monday afternoon. The defense and prosecution pooled over 130 potential jurors.

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