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September 20, 2017


Overdose deaths increasing: More opioid prescriptions in Grainger County than people

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor NASHVILLE – There were 35,242 painkiller prescriptions in Grainger County in 2016, according to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). With an estimated total population of 23,072 in Grainger County for 2016, the number of painkiller prescriptions exceeded the population by 12,170. According to TDH, during 2015 there were two opioid

Fifth bomb threat disrupts school

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – School officials are not the only ones who have had their fill of bomb threats at Grainger High School. Students are fed up too. Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin said an investigation is continuing in the latest threat that was found in the boys’ bathroom at GHS Thursday.

Wolfenbarger named Grizzly basketball coach

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE– Adam Wolfenbarger has been selected as the new head coach for the Grizzly boys basketball team. Wolfenbarger’s promotion from assistant coach to head coach was announced Tuesday afternoon by Grainger High School administrators. “When Coach D (Derrick Combs) resigned his position, there was only one choice for the job

BOE discusses ongoing threats

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – The Grainger County Board of Education received an update from school officials and law enforcement Monday regarding a recent rash of bomb threats at Grainger High School (GHS) and Joppa Elementary School. The board moved up its monthly meeting from Tuesday so members could attend the TSBA fall

Free dinner and movie Saturday

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor BEAN STATION – A free evening on the Town of Bean Station is open to everyone, Saturday, September 23. The town will show the PG-rated movie “Dreamer,” and serve hot dogs, chips, popcorn, bottled water, hot chocolate and coffee, free of charge, for anyone who wishes to attend, at Harris

Haslam, Barnes announce plans to reform welfare programs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes have announced plans to reinstate the federal work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that was waived in 2008 during the economic recession. With the state’s record low unemployment rates and significant

Imagination Library in need of donations

RUTLEDGE – The week of September 18-22 is Imagination Library Week. Imagination Library prepares children for lifelong learning through reading, and Grainger County is in partnership with the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation. Through the program, all children from birth to age five are eligible to receive books at no cost to families. Grainger County is

TDOT seeking public input for Hwy. 11W widening project

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is seeking public input regarding an amendment for its project to widen Hwy. 11W, from an area west of Helton Road to Bean Station, from two lanes to five. According to TDOT, $4.8 million in FY 2018 Surface Transportation Block Grant funds has been

Bean Station Senior Citizens to host annual golf tournament

BEAN STATION – Bean Station Senior Citizens will host its annual Golf Tournament fundraiser 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Clinchview Golf Club, 970 Highway 11W, Bean Station. The team format will be a four-man scramble with pricing as follows: $60 per person, $40 per member and $240 per team. Prizes ($300, $200 and $100)

County graduation rates improve

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent NASHVILLE – Grainger County Schools made impressive gains in graduation rates in 2017, a year in which the state of Tennessee recorded its highest graduation rate on record. The report from the state education department showed Washburn School’s rate was 100 percent, compared to 97.3 percent in 2016. Grainger High

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