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April 20, 2017


Man facing multiple drug charges following execution of federal search warrant

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor RUTLEDGE – A Rutledge man is facing multiple drug charges after local officers assisting with the execution of a federal search warrant reportedly recovered drugs and paraphernalia from his residence, Monday, April 10. According to reports, officers with the Grainger County Sheriff’s Department assisted officers with the Knoxville Police Department’s

Proposed reduction in city council size defeated

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent BLAINE – The Blaine Board of Mayor and Aldermen rejected a proposal by Alderman Charlie McKnight Monday to reduce the size of the board from 10 to five members. The ordinance would have eliminated five aldermen, leaving four aldermen and the mayor to conduct city business. To pass, it required

Workshop discusses software updates and safe exchange zone

Robert Turner Grainger Today Reporter BEAN STATION – The Bean Station Board of Mayor and Aldermen held a workshop meeting Monday night to discuss items tobe added to the agenda for next week’s council meeting, which included upgrading its internal software. Recently, some town employees participated inan online presentation on office document software from Local

Long wins speaking contest

MORRISTOWN – Ally Long, an eighth-grade student at Rutledge Middle School, recently won a state/regional speaking contest held at Walters State Community College, sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America. Students from Grainger, Jefferson and Hamblen counties competed in the contest, April 11. Long, who is the daughter of Rick and Jennifer Long, won $100 cash

Man charged with indecent exposure

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor RUTLEDGE – A Rutledge man is facing charges after officers responded to a call of a man standing outside, naked, playing with himself. Jason Randle Snyder, 37, allegedly ran into the woods when officers arrived at the Poor Valley Road home. Officers reportedly found him lying behind a small pile

Station house needed for new fire truck

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent BLAINE – The Blaine Volunteer Fire Department is asking the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for assistance in building a new station to house its new ladder truck. Chief Duane Irwin said the truck requires a 12-foot door, and the doors at the Blaine City Hall and Indian Ridge Road

Driver license roadside safety checkpoints announced

FALL BRACH – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has announced it will conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of April 30 through May 6. Checkpoints will be conducted on Owl Hole Gap Road, Indian Ridge Road and SR 375 (Lakeshore Drive), Friday, May 5. Checkpoints will be conducted on Slate Hill Road

School staff appreciated

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – Grainger County schools observed Support Staff Appreciation Week last week to recognize the contributions of school secretaries, bookkeepers and teaching assistants. Itis part of a yearlong program recognizing members of different departments in the schools. It is sponsored by UTrust, the foundation that administers the system’s worker’s compensation

Washburn students present Career and College Readiness Fair

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent WASHBBURN – Career fairs are pretty common events at most high schools, but students atWashburn took a different approach to the idea last month. They did it themselves. “We did this to give them ownership of the learning,” said Principal Ginny McElhaney. “Some students concentrated on careers, and others presented

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