5 things to know this morning

(WVLT) -- Here are the top five stories from Local 8 News to get you out the door this morning:

1. "Peter Rabbit" filmmakers apologize for making fun of allergies

Allergies are no joke, and the filmmakers of "Peter Rabbit" are learning that the hard way. The filmmakers and studio behind the children's movie are apologizing for insensitively depicting a character's allergy in the film that has prompted backlash online.

Sony Pictures says Sunday in a joint statement with the filmmakers that "food allergies and are a serious issue" and the film "should not have made light" of a character being allergic to blackberries "even in a cartoonish, slapstick way."

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2. Heavy rain means higher waters at East Tennessee dams

While much of East Tennessee cleans up from flooding debris left behind after weekend downpours, the Tennessee Valley Authority has been manning dams along the Tennessee River. TVA officials said some lakes could experience several more feet of water than is normal for winter months.

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3. City of Gatlinburg set to test siren system Wednesday

The City of Gatlinburg announced Monday it would be testing the Outdoor Warning Siren system at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, for Gatlinburg and the immediate adjacent Sevier County areas.

According to a release from the city, the test will activate a total of 14 warning sirens, including nine new sirens that were recently installed and five that were previously installed in phase one of the project.

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4. 8 workers fired in inmate's contraband operation 'escape'

The Tennessee Department of Correction said 36-year-old Robert Fusco had "breached the secure perimeter" of the Morgan County Regional Correctional Complex with the intent of introducing contraband into the prison. Authorities did not provide a timeframe.

Department spokeswoman Neysa Taylor confirmed Friday to the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the eight employees had been fired.

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5. Police: Man suspected of poaching eaten by lions

A man suspected of poaching animals was mauled to death and eaten by a pack of lions close to South Africa's Kruger National Park, police said Monday.

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