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February 28, 2017

Damon Cole, dressed as Batman, stands by his customized Superman Dodge Charger. Cole travels around the country visiting those who have been stricken with cancer and other maladies.

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Local group continues fight against cancer in honor of JDub

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor RUTLEDGE – When four-year-old JoshuaJohn “JDub” Waldrop was diagnosed with stage IV Hepatoblastoma, family, friends and other community members rallied around his family, pitching in to help raise funds to help cover costs of his treatment and incidental expenses. Throughout his battle, a core group of women were involved in various


Blaine mourns longtime public servant

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent BLAINE – Jerry Childers, who served the town many years as an alderman and a member of the planning commission, will be buried today at Grainger Memorial Gardens. Childers, 70, passed away Saturday after a long battle with cancer. “He will be deeply missed. He was both a wonderful asset

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Bus driver suspended after student left on bus

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – A Grainger County school bus driver has been suspended after a student was left unattended on a school bus for several hours, Wednesday morning. Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin said Elden Cox was suspended immediately for 10 days “for not fully completing school bus post trip inspection on

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Grizzlies advance to district championship game

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent CUMBERLAND GAP – The Grainger High School Grizzly basketball team, the district number-one seed, took on the number-four seed Chuckey-Doak Black Knights, Saturday night. This was the first semifinal game of the District 2-AA tournament, held at Cumberland Gap High School. Grizzly Nathan Hayes opened the scoring with a long

Grainger completes regular season with games at South Greene

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent GREENEVILLE – Last Tuesday night, the Grainger High School basketball teams traveled to South Greene to complete their regular season games. In the boys game, Nathan Hayes knocked down a trio of treys, a pair of deuces and three foul shots to total 16 points in the first quarter. In

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Lady Grizzlies take second in District 2-AA tourney

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent CUMBERLAND GAP – In their first action in the District 2-AA tournament held at Cumberland Gap last Saturday evening, the top-seeded Grainger High School Lady Grizzlies took on the fourth-seed Lady Panthers from Cumberland Gap, who had defeated West Greene the previous night. An outstanding start, both offensively and defensively,

Lady Pioneer defeat White Pine, advance to tournament semifinals

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent MORRISTOWN – Last Saturday morning, the number one seed Rutledge Middle School Lady Pioneer junior varsity team opened the Middle Eight Conference junior varsity tournament taking on the number eight-seeded White Pine Lady Cyclones. In the game played at West View Middle School, all the Rutledge players were able to

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Lady Pirates earn fourth in District 2-A tournament

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent KODAK – Last Wednesday the Washburn High School Lady Pirates traveled to Northview Academy to take on the Tennessee School for the Deaf in first round action that was played in the Northview gym. The Lady Pirates wasted no time in establishing control of the game as Conner Bowlin knocked


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Speaking of God… Locals offer testimony for TV program

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor RUTLEDGE – Some familiar faces will be featured on television in March, when the TV program “Witness” airs March 8, 15 and 22. The March 8 broadcast will feature Lisa Cabbage, and the March 15 and 22 episodes will feature Eddie Holbrook and Jemps Maignan. Locally, the show airs at 9

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Samsel Awarded

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Zoo Knoxville announces death of beloved chimpanzee

Knoxville – Last week Zoo Knoxville announced the death of Debbie chimpanzee, a beloved personality and matriarch of the chimpanzee troop for more than 40 years. Debbie had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and renal failure. Her health deteriorated quickly during the last few days of her life. She was in a great deal

Grainger County Honor Rolls

Students making Gold Honor Roll at Rutledge Elementary School with all As for the second nine weeks are: Second grade, Maisey Caldwell, Chesney Cameron, Grady Davidson, Carlie Duck, Dalton Farrow, MacKenzie Goins, Josh Helsel, Eliza Henderson, Dain Humbard, Laney Johnson, Matthew Jones, Brayden Livingston, Kolby Lucas, Talon Myers, Zachary Patterson, Maddie Puckett, Owen Reagan, Troy

GHS students sign to attend TCAT

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent MORRISTOWN – Seven Grainger High School students signed letters of intent to attend Tennessee College of Applied Technology during a ceremony at the school last week, said Vicki Farr, GEAR UP coordinator for Grainger County. They are: Tyler Baggett, Automotive Technology; Nicholas Shuler and Dakota Wachtel, Drafting and CAD Technology;