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December 15, 2017

Lori Lockhart addresses the Grainger County Commission Monday regarding a developing quarry in the Joppa area.

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New quarry found in violation before permit issued: Letters requested to oppose issuance of permit

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor RUTLEDGE – Grainger County resident Lori Lockhart addressed members of the Grainger County Commission Monday regarding a developing quarry in the Joppa area. Lockhart asked commissioners for their support in opposing the issuance of a NPDES permit by TDEC for the quarry, being established by Claiborne Hauling, LLC, Todd Claiborne,

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Blaine man arrested after allegedly shooting at wife

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor BLAINE – A Blaine man has been arrested after reportedly shooting at his wife, Saturday, Dec. 2. According to reports, it isn’t the first time James Herman Doane Jr., 55, Blaine, has shot at his wife. According to reports, several officers with the Grainger County Sheriff’s Department responded to Doane’s New

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Lady Pirate coach Daniel Bishop wins 100th game

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent WASHBURN – Last Thursday night, after the Washburn High School Lady Pirates scored a convincing 52-21 victory over Tennessee School for the Deaf, Lady Pirate head coach Daniel Bishop was honored for the 100th victory in his Lady Pirate coaching career. “As a coach you take pride in winning,” said

BMA approves hiring administrative services firm

Robert Turner Grainger Today Reporter BEAN STATION – The Bean Station Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed a resolution Monday night to hire an administrative services firm to assist in a town project. The Town of Bean Station was awarded a 2015 Multimodal Access Fund Project under the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), which gives

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Eastern Star donates water to BSVFD

BEAN STATION – Members of the Tate Spring Chapter #425 Order of the Eastern Star recently delivered cases of bottled water to the Bean Station Volunteer Fire Department. Bean Station Volunteer Fire Department Chief Cody Orrick accepted the donation on behalf of the BSVFD. Worthy Grand Matron of the Grand Chapter of Tennessee Order of

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School bus drivers completing mandatory training

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent WASHBURN – Training for bus drivers is in progress this week that is required for them to maintain their bus driver endorsement. The sessions began Monday at Washburn School. They continued Tuesday and will be completed today at Grainger High School said Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin. He said the

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Sports

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Joppa Trojans win tourney championship

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent WASHBURN – On the first day of the Grainger County Elementary Basketball tournament played Monday, December 4 in the Washburn High School gym, the top-seeded Joppa Trojans took on the Washburn Pirates. In the first quarter, the Trojans earned three points from Brizen Solomon and two points each from Robbie

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Lady Buccaneers win county basketball championship

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent WASHBURN – The Grainger County Elementary Basketball Tournament kicked off in the Washburn High School gym Monday, December 4. In the first game, the fourth-seeded Lady Pirates from Washburn took on the top-seeded Bean Station Lady Buccaneers. In the first quarter, the Lady Bucs received a trey from KatiAnn Dossett,

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Pirates battle the Vikings in Washburn

John Dunn Grainger Today Correspondent WASHBURN – The Tennessee School for the Deaf Vikings traveled to Washburn Thursday, December 7 to take on the Pirates and Lady Pirates of Washburn High School. In women’s action, the Lady Pirates continue to assert their dominance on the court with a 52-21 victory over the Lady Vikings. With

RMS Pioneers and Lady Pioneers post two victories

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – Last Thursday, the Rutledge Middle School basketball teams hosted Maury in games played in the Rutledge gym. In a close and hard-fought girls game, the Lady Pioneers opened a 13-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Maury Lady Hornets scored 21 points in the second

Grainger splits district games at Cumberland Gap

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent CUMBERLAND GAP – Last Tuesday, the Grainger High School basketball teams traveled to Cumberland Gap to take on the Panthers in important District 2-AA games. Except for freshman Tori Rutherford’s trey, deuce and two free throws, the Grainger Lady Grizzlies put on a lackluster performance in the first and second

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Mackenzi Penrod, pageant sweetheart

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor Mackenzi Penrod never thought she’d compete in pageants, but the Grainger High School junior has won two pageant titles since August. Penrod said she began her pageant career after she was talked into competing in the Fairest of the Fair pageant by her best friend, Makayla Wright, who holds the

AEC crews travel to GA to assist with power restoration

NEW MARKET – AEC released line crews Saturday, Dec. 9 to assist in power restoration efforts in Georgia. Utilities began requesting assistance after winter storms moved through the area Friday, Dec. 8, causing thousands of outages. AEC crews will work in Habersham EMC’s service area in Clarkesville, Georgia (Northeast Georgia). The Georgia utility serves about 33,000

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Zoo Knoxville to feature Santa’s Village this weekend

KNOXVILLE – Santa Claus is coming to Zoo Knoxville and will be in residence at Santa’s Village Thursday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily. Santa Claus will be listening to Christmas wishes and available for photos in Santa’s Village, located in the zoo’s Kids Cove area. Guests will

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Local church members volunteer for Operation Christmas Child

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor BOONE, NORTH CAROLINA – Thirty-two members of Grainger County churches traveled to Boone, North Carolina last weekend to work at Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child processing center. Church members from New Blackwell Baptist Church, Barnard’s Grove Baptist Church, Buffalo Baptist Church, Blue Springs Baptist Church, New Corinth Baptist Church, Helton Springs

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