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June 22, 2017

A Bean Station man was injured Monday when the vehicle he was driving was hit head-on by a vehicle driven by a man who was fleeing from police.

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One injured in crash during attempt to evade police

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor BEAN STATION – A Bean Station man was injured after a vehicle attempting to evade a police officer hit his vehicle head-on, on County Line Road, Monday. Jeffery Drinnon, 36, Mooresburg, was observed by Bean Station Police Officer Justin Collins when he allegedly failed to stop at the stop sign


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Claiborne files suit to continue Fox Farm project

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent BLAINE – The city has hired a litigation attorney to defend the latest court action by Todd Claiborne over the use of the Fox Farm property on Rutledge Pike. Claiborne has asked a judge to enjoin the city from issuing a stop work order to prevent him from completing the

Dunn appointed Blaine alderman

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent BLAINE – The city has a new alderman to succeed the late Jerry Childers, who passed away in January. However, it is not clear if the term limits ordinance approved by a majority of board members present at Monday’s meeting will become law. As the meeting drew to a close,

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Bean Station sixth graders win Regional Clover Bowl

KNOXVILLE – Three teams from Bean Station Elementary School traveled to the University of Tennessee Wednesday, May 17 to represent Grainger County in the Regional Clover Bowl. While all three teams performed well, the sixth-grade team, made up of Paige Carroll, Alexandria Shattuck, Conner Herron, Nathan Atkins and Sydney Russell, performed exceptionally well. After several rounds of play,

Blaine budget passes first reading

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent BLAINE – The board of mayor and aldermen adopted a general fund budget of $739,366 for fiscal year 2018 Monday, including extra money for another full-time police officer, but no raises for employees. The measure will be up for a second and final reading in July. The board agreed to

DCEA accepting applications for energy assistance

RUTLEDGE – Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority (DCEA) Inc. is accepting applications, beginning July 3, for annual energy assistance. Applications will be accepted in the months of July, October, January and April. Participants still must have a printout from their energy vendor showing the last 12 months of metered-usage charges. Those interested in applying may obtain an application


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Zach Long named All-American in 5K run

Elmer Smith  Grainger Today Correspondent  EUGENE, OREGON – “It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before,” said University of Tennessee sophomore runner and Grainger County native Zach Long, who earned second team All-American honors for his 12th-place finish in the 5,000-meter run in the NCAA track and field championships held at the University of Oregon’s

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Grizzly Basketball Camp

The ninth annual Grizzly boys basketball camp was held Wednesday, June 7 through Friday, June 9 at the Grainger High School gym. Each camper was given instruction during the week to develop fundamentals for future competitive growth, with more time devoted to fundamental drills than in the past years. Campers competed in contests to measure

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Lady Pioneer Basketball Camp

More than 40 girls attended the Rutledge Middle School basketball camp held June 5 through June 9. Campers attended each day from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., working to perfect new and old skills each day. The camp was open to girls in first through eighth grades. Participants received a T-shirt, and high-scoring participants in

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Long qualifies for National Track and Field Championships

Elmer Smith  Grainger Today Correspondent  LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – In last Saturday’s National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division One East Regional track and field competition held at the University of Kentucky, Grainger County’s Zach Long qualified for the NCAA Championship in the 5,000 meter (3.1 mile) event. Long, a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, was competing

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Cardoza signs with LMU 

In signing ceremonies at Grainger High School last Friday, Haylie Cardoza signed to cheer for Lincoln Memorial University. Pictured above front row (l-r) are: Stacy Barker, Haylie and stepmother, Christine Peterson, back row (l-r) are: cheer coach Amanda Kirby; stepfather, Daniel Barker; father, Michael Cardoza; and aunt, Jennifer Blume. Share your opinions and comments with


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Grainger County Solid Waste Management: Turning trash into treasure

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor RUTLEDGE – Solid waste management in Grainger County has changed. Gone are the days of choosing whether to drive to the county landfill or to take a chance dumpsters set on the side of the road would have enough capacity remaining to dispose of household garbage. Often the area surrounding

Food City Kids Day raises funds for parks and rec

BLAINE – Food City’s second annual Kids Day raised $429 for the city’s parks and recreation fund Saturday. In addition to games, Shriners cars, a dunking booth, miniature golf, face painting and a hot dog bar, the featured attraction was the Knoxville-based Tony Blaine Nitro wrestling show, with wrestlers Cris Braden, JD Risen, Rick Sabbath

Blaine fall baseball signups begin July 10 

Barbara Womack  Grainger Today Correspondent  BLAINE – Registration for fall youth baseball in Blaine is scheduled to begin soon, Parks and Recreation Committee chairman James Barnes has announced. The city just finished its first season in the Utrip organization, which Barnes said went very well. He said signups will begin Monday, July 10 and continue through Monday,

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Rogersville woman studies in Greece after receiving scholarship

MORRISTOWN – A Walters State student spent part of her summer studying western world literature in Greece thanks to a prestigious scholarship given by the U.S. Department of State. Megan Wesemann, a pre-engineering major from Rogersville, received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship enables students to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical

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Man on house arrest facing drug charges after traffic stop

ROGERSVILLE – A Rogersville man was charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop, just days after being released from jail to serve a sentence on house arrest. Daniel Lee Gosnell, 34, Church Hill, and Karalyne Elizabeth Thompson, 24, Rogersville, were passengers in a vehicle stopped by Lt. Greg Larkin after a