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KNOXVILLE (WATE) — A caller to Knoxville’s NewsTalk 100 WNOX sent the
station into lockdown mode Thursday morning when he made an on air
threat to
shoot an anchor.

The caller, upset by a comment made by news anchor Dave Foulk when he
referred to an elderly man as a Q-tip, threatened to get a gun and
shoot
Foulk.

That forced the station into lockdown. “You want to come over here and
ransack my place, call in the cops, arrest me, you know? Is that
what’s
going to happen?” the caller asked after his threat.

While he later apologized, morning host Hallerin Hill explained to the
caller on air why the station was taking the threat seriously.

“Post 9/11, post Columbine, post any number of events in the United
States
of America, any business and organization takes very seriously anybody
who
calls them and uses such phrases like ‘I’ll kill you’ or ‘I’ll put a
bullet
in you,'” Hill said.

WNOX decided not to let employees talk to 6 News on camera but Dave
Foulk
said on the air this incident definitely change the way he and his
family go
about their business for a while.


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