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July 26, 2017


Seeded in history: 25th annual Tomato Festival kicks off Friday 

Tracey Wolfe  Grainger Today Editor  RUTLEDGE – The 25th anniversary of the Grainger County Tomato Festival kicks off Friday for a weekend filled with entertainment. Music and dancing, living history, art and crafts demonstrations, tomato wars, a tractor show, food, antiques and a variety of fresh produce, including Grainger County’s famous tomatoes, will be available for festival

One dead following crash at dangerous intersection

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor THORN HILL – Traffic flow on Hwy. 25E was delayed for several hours Thursday, July 20 after a fatal accident occurred at the intersection of Hwy. 131 and Hwy. 25E in Thorn Hill. One man was killed and two others injured. According to reports, a 2017 Ford Fusion driven by 27-year-old

Historical Marker placed at “Richland”

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent BLAINE – It was fitting that the ceremony to dedicate the historical marker recognizing the birthplace of Albert Miller Lea was held Saturday, July 22. The 209th anniversary of his birth was Sunday. Lea, who was a classmate of Robert E. Lee at West Point, among other distinctions, was born

Bean Station to work with state on right-of-way

Robert Turner Grainger Today Reporter BEAN STATION – The Bean Station Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Monday night to find a solution for parking issues in the town. Mayor Terry Wolfe introduced a right-of-way state contract resolution that will affect businesses on the Hwy. 25E corridor near the Hamblen County border. Wolfe explained that

TDOT to attend meeting about Hwy. 131/Hwy. 25E intersection

THORN HILL – A community meeting will be held Tuesday, August 1 at 5 p.m. at the Thorn Hill community building regarding the intersection of Hwy. 131 and Hwy. 25E. State Rep. Jerry Sexton has asked TDOT representatives to attend the meeting. He said Steve Borden, TDOT director/assistant chief engineer of Region 1 and Daniel

Grainger students get a day off for solar eclipse

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – The Grainger County School system will observe Solar Eclipse Day, August 21, as an inclement weather day and no classes will be held, Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin said. The school board gave Jarnagin the authority to use the weather day at its meeting Thursday. Jarnagin said there


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THP to hold driver license roadside safety checkpoints

FALL BRANCH – The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of Aug. 6 in Grainger County. Checkpoints will be held on Indian Ridge Road, Aug. 9; Owl Hole Gap Road, Aug. 10; SR 375 and Slate Hill Road, Aug. 11 and SR 131, Aug. 12. Troopers will concentrate their

Two USDA commodity distributions scheduled

RUTLEDGE – Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority (DCEA) will be distributing free surplus commodity food to representatives of qualified Grainger County households in two separate locations this month.  The first distribution will take place Wednesday, August 2, in partnership with Saint John Paul II Catholic Mission, located at 7735 Rutledge Pike, Rutledge. This is also in the same

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