KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- 1. Search ends in Monroe County, LMU student still missing.
Detectives believe a car that belonged to a missing LMU student, 48-year-old Veronica Casciato, was found off of Highway 165 in Monroe County. Hunters said they had seen the car there weeks ago, and when they returned to the site and saw it again, they called 911.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office ended the search in the area of Eagle Gap around 4:30 p.m. and said they have exhausted all resources and now think Casciato is not in the area.
Casciato's father said his emotions are in a 'dead zone' and he does wish the search had lasted longer. More details on the case here.
2. Knoxville Police search for peeping Tom at Target.
The Knoxville Police Department responded to a reported peeping Tom at the Target at 1900 Town Center Boulevard at 8:15 p.m. on March 29.
A woman was in a dressing room when she saw a man kneeling down next to the occupied dressing room. Police say the man was using a cell phone to take pictures of the woman changing clothes.
The man immediately ran from the store after he was confronted by a store employee. Investigators believe he possibly drove away in a black Chevrolet Camaro with no license plate.
3. Bill O'Reilly fired from Fox News.
Fox News Channel's parent company fired Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into harassment allegations, bringing a stunning end to cable news' most popular program and one that came to define the bravado of his network over 20 years.
O'Reilly lost his job on the same day he was photographed in Rome shaking the hand of Pope Francis.
The downfall of Fox's most popular — and most lucrative — personality began with an April 2 report in The New York Times that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about unpleasant encounters with O'Reilly, who has denied any wrongdoing. Dozens of his show's advertisers fled within days, even though O'Reilly's viewership increased.
O'Reilly's exit came nine months after his former boss, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, was ousted following allegations of sexual harassment.
Following the Times story, 21st Century Fox said it had asked the same law firm that investigated Ailes to look into O'Reilly's behavior. 21st Century Fox leaders Rupert Murdoch and his sons Lachlan and James said in a memo to Fox staff that their decision to ax O'Reilly came following an "extensive review" into the charges.
4. Federal policy ensures students don't go hungry.
No child gets left behind in one East Tennessee cafeteria. Rebecca Blackwelder makes sure of it.
"I don't do it for my pay," said Blackwelder. "If you saw my income, you know why I am saying that," she added.
Blackwelder is the cafeteria manager at a Blount County High School. She said the district makes sure every student gets has a hot meal, even if they can't afford it.
"If it were to happen in this county, they would be taken care of," said Blackwelder.
Like most schools around the country, the Blount County school system implemented guidelines to feed students who sometimes go without, but the federal government wants them to take it up a notch.
The United States Department of Agriculture is requiring schools to publicly state they will feed anyone who needs a plate in a new policy.
A USDA spokesperson told Local 8 News, "the policy must be in writing and must be communicated to all families with children attending a school within that school food authority and all school or district-level staff members responsible for implementation."
Teachers said this policy alone fills them up and reaffirms their commitment to their students.
"I couldn't imagine, you know, not having a cafeteria that takes care of the kids like we do," said Steve Stout, principal of Townsend Elementary School.
The USDA requires schools to serve their new policy to staff, students and parents by July 1, 2017.
To any student searching for their next meal, Blackwelder said meet her in the lunch line, where's she's got food for your soul.
"Get your plate full, get all you can get; get all five components," said Blackwelder.
5. Haslam's gas tax plan passes through House and Senate.
Governor Haslam's gas tax plan survived a House vote with a final tally of 60-37 after a full day of debate, CBS affiliate WTVF reports. The bill later passed through the Senate with a 25-6 vote. The vote came as a huge victory for Governor Bill Haslam on Wednesday.
The IMPROVE Act would increase the gas tax by six cents to increase the funding for state roads by almost $400 million a year, WTVF reports. The legislation was presented in January. Officials expect the act to lower the tax on groceries.
Governor Haslam selected Representative Barry Doss to sponsor the IMPROVE Act. Media outlets report that Doss spent nearly six hours answering questions and concerns from fellow lawmakers.
"This does far more than just raise the gas tax," Doss said.
The Governor has received pushback from a number of Republicans that do not support the legislation, including House Speaker Beth Harwell.
"I can not support the IMPROVE Act. We have an alternative that does not burden the common man more," Representative Rick Tillis said.
Democrats also disapproved of the Republican Governor's legislation.
"Let's not tell the average Tennessean they're getting a tax cut because it's not true," Democrat Bo Mitchell said in reference to the part of the plan that would cut a portion of the grocery tax.
"Let's talk specifics now," Haslam told WTVF. "How does this impact the state? What will it do to the budget and how much will it produce for roads?"
Multiple parts of the bill were altered, but the main focus of the bill remains the same.
The IMPROVE Act will now go before the state Senate for a full floor vote.