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January 19, 2018

EMS sued again

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor KNOXVILLE – Grainger County Ambulance Authority (GCAA) is facing a second lawsuit filed by a former employee. In this one, the former employee claims her employment was terminated because she was pregnant. Jacquelyn Eagle filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, December 8, against the ambulance authority and


Grainger County earns high marks on Report Card

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – Grainger County showed improvement in almost every area of academic achievement in 2016-17, according to the new Report Card released by the State Department of Education last week. The system received scores of 4 out of a possibility of 5 for numeracy (math), literacy and overall. The combined

Bean Station Utility District considering commercial rate

Heather Dawes Grainger Today Reporter BEAN STATION – Bean Station Utility District (BSUD) is considering the implementation of a commercial rate for businesses that use larger amounts of water. A local concrete plant has requested a commercial rate due to its use of a substantial amount of water (250,000 gallons), necessary to operate its facility.

Sexton picks up petition for third term

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – State Rep. Jerry Sexton has obtained a petition to seek a third term in the August 2 state Republican primary. He expects to be challenged by Grainger County Commissioner James Acuff, who had previously picked up his petition on the first day of qualifying. Other races on the

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Lady Pioneers continue to earn victories

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – Last Tuesday night the Rutledge Middle School Lady Pioneers hosted the Lady Hornets from Carter Middle School. Due to the rescheduling of a postponed game, that was the first of three games the Lady Pioneers played last week. In the Carter game, Gracie Jarnagin and Alia Maloney scored

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Grainger’s Jacob Bunch named All-State

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Football Coaches Association recently announced their All-State team members in each of the six high school football classifications. Grainger High School running back and corner back Jacob Bunch was named to the All-State team as an athlete encompassing outstanding performance as a running back and strong

Washburn Pirates invade rival Hancock County

John Dunn Grainger Today Correspondent Sneedville – The Pirate basketball teams of Washburn High School traveled to Sneedville, Tuesday, January 9 to take on their heated rival, the Hancock County High School Indians. In girls action, the Lady Pirates entered the game bolstering a record of 9-5 and 3-3 in the district. After a heartbreaking

Grainger sweeps district games at Claiborne

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent NEW TAZEWELL – Last Tuesday night the Grainger High School basketball teams traveled to New Tazewell to take on the Claiborne High School Bulldogs in a pair of District 2-AA games. Dalton Conn, with 31 points and Jacob Bunch, who had 21 points, outscored the Bulldog team by four points

Lady Pioneer JV demolishes two opponents

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – Last Tuesday’s junior varsity game between the Rutledge Middle School girls and the Carter Middle School girls basketball teams was never a contest. In the first quarter, the Lady Pioneer defense shut out Carter. Rutledge received a trey and a deuce from Halli Stuffle, a two-point basket each

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End of an era: Longtime Bean Station businessman retiring

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor BEAN STATION – A Bean Station fixture will soon close its doors forever. After about 54 years in business, longtime businessman Raymond “Junior” Layel will soon close the Country Boy Gift Shop and begin retirement. The Country Boy Gift Shop on Hwy. 25E in Bean Station has served as a

Jr. Anchor from Rutledge gives winter weather advice

Heather Dawes Grainger Today Reporter RUTLEDGE – Mark Helton of Rutledge received a gift for his 10th birthday that he won’t soon forget. Mark was chosen as the Jr. Anchor for WBIR’s Live at Five at Four program, broadcast, Tuesday, Jan. 2. It was the second time Mark had applied and been chosen. His first

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Volunteers refurbishing Kingswood’s Tomlinson House

Heather Dawes Grainger Today Reporter BEAN STATION – Kingswood Home for Children (KHC) has received help in its effort to conduct repairs to its more than 100-year-old Tomlinson House from volunteers from as far away as New York. Seventeen students from Fordham University, located in Bronx, New York, volunteered to assist in repairing the historic

Walking the political line

It’s that time again. Time for candidates to begin walking the political line, so to speak. Candidates for elected office will begin pasting on smiles and offering their hand in greeting, often for people they haven’t given a moment’s consideration in quite some time. Candidates are picking up petitions and gearing up to win votes

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