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May 28, 2017


Grainger man indicted on federal child pornography charges 

Tracey Wolfe  Grainger Today Editor  RUTLEDGE – A Grainger County man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on felony charges of distributing child pornography and possession of child pornography. The two-count indictment states Seth Reynolds Hoover, 31, Rutledge, “did knowingly distribute child pornography” and “did knowingly possess material which contains an image of child pornography.” Officers

Bean Station approves first reading of FY 2017-18 budget

Robert Turner  Grainger Today Reporter  BEAN STATION – The Bean Station Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the first reading of the town’s FY2017-18 budget during its meeting, Monday. The projected budget is $1,201,429, which is a $135,491 increase from last year. During last week’s workshop meeting where the budget was introduced, Mayor Terry Wolfe explained

Harvard bound!: Watson makes his choice

Elmer Smith  Grainger Today Correspondent  RUTLEDGE – Mason Watson, a Grainger High School graduate and valedictorian of the Class of 2017, has made his decision and will be enrolling in Harvard University in the fall. That decision didn’t come easily, as Watson had a number of outstanding alternatives that included Princeton University and Duke University.

Man grabs shotgun after wrong button pushed

Tracey Wolfe  Grainger Today Editor  BLAINE – A Blaine man is facing charges after he allegedly became angry after someone pressed the wrong button on the TV remote and grabbed a sawed-off shotgun, shooting a round into a door, and eventually stabbed an individual. David Edgar Crowder, 59, reportedly became upset when he and three other

Grainger County BOE approves budget

Barbara Womack  Grainger Today Correspondent  RUTLEDGE – The Grainger County Board of Education has approved a budget of nearly $27 million for the 2017-18 academic year. The measure approved at its May 16 meeting includes a two percent pay raise for all staff, bus contractors and drivers, as well as funds for an additional school resource

Indictment reached in shooting death of Blaine resident

Barbara Womack  Grainger Today Correspondent  CLINTON – An Anderson County man is scheduled to appear in court Friday to face charges of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a Blaine resident and attempted murder and assault charges in an unrelated case. Robert K. Myers, 32, of Briceville, was indicted on the murder charge by a

Reid honored for academic achievement by Roane State

HARRIMAN – Larry Reid of Blaine was honored for academic achievement during the 2016-17 academic year at Roane State Community College. Reid received the June Bilbrey Excellence in Nursing Award at Roane State’s annual Awards Night. Roane State is a two-year college providing transfer programs, career-preparation programs and continuing education. Founded in 1971, the college has campuses

Washburn students celebrate with Water Day

Barbara Womack  Grainger Today Correspondent WASHBURN – Cole Carpenter hurtled down a water slide to an anticipated cool splash. “This is the best day ever,” the Washburn first grader exclaimed as he hit bottom. It was the 10th annual Water Day to celebrate a successful end of the school year, said Principal Ginny McElhaney. “We

Walters State offering Kids College

MORRISTOWN – Children from around the region will be getting some college experience this summer through Walters State’s Kids College, which is filled with entertaining activities that broaden horizons with unique learning opportunities. Students in third through fifth grades and students in sixth through eighth grades will each attend four classes, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

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