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November 22, 2017


Jacob Bunch earns Grizzly season records 

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent  RUTLEDGE – Jacob Bunch has earned Grizzly football season records in rushing, number of touchdowns scored and the total number of points scored in a season.   Bunch has been a catalyst in the success of the Grainger High School football team’s regular season success and the advancement to the state

Petition pickups begin 

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent   RUTLEDGE – Grainger County Administrator of Elections Gina Hipsher said she will not be involved in any activity related to the county mayor’s election in the May 1 county Republican primary.  Her husband, incumbent County Mayor Mark Hipsher, picked up a petition Friday, the first day of qualifying.  “Lori Bailey

Arrest made in sixth school bomb threat 

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent  RUTLEDGE – A male juvenile was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the latest bomb threat at Grainger High School.   Sheriff James Harville said because the individual is a juvenile he could not release any other information. Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin also declined to comment on the incident.  The

Billboard changed following public outcry 

Heather Dawes Grainger Today Reporter  RUTLEDGE – A billboard in Rutledge has been changed after area residents complained about its content.   Lamar Advertising placed an advertisement on a billboard near Citizens Bank & Trust Co. of Grainger County, in Rutledge Monday, Nov. 13 that had some residents upset. The billboard company moved to change the

Blaine BMA opens bids for bridge replacement 

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent   BLAINE – Bids were opened Monday for the replacement of the Milligan Lane bridge.  Bids ranged from a low of $439,085 from Whaley Construction to a high of $593,339.50 from Adams Contracting. Six bids were submitted.  Greg Green of Consulting Engineers and Surveyors told the board of mayor and aldermen

Tree lighting ceremony scheduled 

BEAN STATION – The Town of Bean Station will hold its Christmas tree lighting ceremony Thursday, November 30 at Bean Station Town Hall.   The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.  Rev. Scott Howerton will read the first Christmas story, and Noeton Baptist Church Choir will perform Christmas carols. Tennessee State Rep. Jerry Sexton and his wife,

Grainger County Sheriff’s Department increases impaired-driving enforcement 

RUTLEDGE – Grainger County Sheriff’s Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase impaired-driving enforcement from Wednesday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 31, surrounding the holiday season. The THSO’s statewide “Booze It and Lose It” campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

Grainger County working to become a Healthier Tennessee Community 

RUTLEDGE – In an effort to promote healthier habits throughout the region, the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness recently named Grainger County a candidate for official designation as a Healthier Tennessee Community.  Healthier Tennessee Communities are defined as those that encourage and enable more physical fitness, healthy eating habits and tobacco abstinence. According to Grainger

Wastewater discharge permit requested for quarry in Joppa area 

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor   JOPPA – Claiborne Hauling, LLC has applied for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Water Resources for the discharge of treated wastewater and stormwater into Richland Creek.   According to TDEC documents, a proposed limestone mining operation dubbed “Fish Lake”

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