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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Officers prepare to enter a Bean Station residence, Friday, Aug. 19, during the execution of a search warrant as part of Bean Station Police Department’s Operation Neighborhood Watch. Five suspects were arrested during the execution of the search warrant, with a sixth individual arrested at the residence several hours later.

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Crackdown; BSPD executes Operation Neighborhood Watch

Tracey Wolfe
Grainger Today Editor
BEAN STATION – Occupants of a house known for its drug activity were in for a surprise Friday evening, when officers with the Bean Station Police Department and Grainger County Sheriff’s Department burst through the front door to execute a search warrant as part of BSPD’s Operation Neighborhood Watch.Read More…


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Mobile food pantry helps 258 families

Dani Dyer
Grainger Today Reporter
RUTLEDGE – Compassion Ministries gave away more than $40,000 worth of food and supplies to 258 families that attended the mobile food pantry Saturday, Aug. 20, at Joppa Elementary School.Read More…


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Lady Pioneers split matches with Jefferson

Elmer Smith
Grainger Today Correspondent
RUTLEDGE – Last Thursday, in the Rutledge Middle School gym, the Lady Pioneer volleyball teams split two matches with the Lady Elks from Jefferson Middle School.Read More…

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It’s time to play; 2016 Grainger Grizzly football preview

Elmer Smith
Grainger Today Correspondent
RUTLEDGE – Spring practice, summer conditioning and weight training and fall practice have been completed and according to Grainger Grizzly Head Coach Chad Tate, it’s time to play “big boy football” as Tate refers to the Grizzly football schedule.Read More…


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Grandmother becomes first-time homeowner

Dani Dyer Grainger Today Reporter BEAN STATION – A stay-at-home grandmother celebrated the closing of her new home Thursday, Aug. 18. With the aid of Clinch Powell Resources Conservation and Development, Inc., first-time homeowner Shelia Couch was presented keys to her new home by Elizabeth Grisham, outreach coordinator for Clinch Powell. Couch said she has

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WSCC receives VETS Campus certification

MORRISTOWN – Walters State Community College has been certified as a Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Campus by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for services and programs the college provides veterans and their family members. The certification brings official recognition to the supportive learning environment Walters State has created for veterans. “This honor reflects the

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ROTC works to forge good citizenship

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – When Lt. Col. William Lynn took over the JROTC program at Grainger High School in 2008, 74 students were enrolled. This academic year, he expects the number to exceed 300. “We have 161 this semester and expect about that number in the spring,” Lynn said. “It is a

Career center offers free workshops in September

MORRISTOWN – The Tennessee Career Center at Morristown will offer more than 25 different workshops during September. The workshops are free and provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Walters State Community College. The center will also offer special workshops in celebration of National Employ Older Workers Month. Workshops scheduled are:

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Richland Creek – rich with history

Ken Coffey Grainger Today Correspondent The Richland Creek area was first home to the Buffalo (Buffalo Springs) and Cherokee Indians (Indian Cave). In 1775, a long hunter named Elisha Wallen would hunt and explore west down the Holston River and build a cabin 18 miles east of Knoxville. In 1776, another long hunter, John Redd,