The evacuation of the Foothills Mall in Maryville and extra police presence at several Knoxville movie theaters was in response to a nationwide threat against Carmike Cimemas.
Authorities say someone called the corporate offices of Carmike Cinemas in Columbus, Georgia, saying that multiple bombs had been planted at theaters across the country.
In Maryville, the theater and mall were evacuated while the building was searched. No devices were found.
Knoxville Police confirm they checked the local Carmike theaters, which were not yet open. Nothing was found. LaFollette Police also confirm they checked out a threat at their local theater.
In Springfield, Tennessee, police shut down the theater and several streets around it while they conducted a search.
In Kentucky, theaters were checked in Lexington and Middlesboro.
Update 11:15 am. Dispatchers say the "all clear" has been given at Foothills Mall. Authorities found nothing suspicious in their search. People are being allowed back in to the mall.
Foothills Mall is being evacuated after a threat to the movie theater.
According to Blount County dispatchers, authorities have cleared the Foothills Cinema and the mall as a safety precaution while they investigate the threat. Emergency crews responded to the mall around 10:15 am Friday morning.
At this time, there are no reports of any injuries or any specifics about the threat.
10News has a crew on the way to the mall and will bring you the latest on 10News at Noon and on WBIR.com.