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January 19, 2018


Justin Combs records 300th victory

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – When the final buzzer sounded in Saturday night’s 62-29 victory over Grace Christian, Lady Grizzly coach Justin Combs had notched his 300th victory in his high school coaching career. Combs, who started his head coaching carer at Hamilton High School in Hamilton City, California in 2002, resurrected that

County to apply for waterline extension grant for Thorn Hill

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor RUTLEDGE – Grainger County Commissioners voted to approve a resolution to apply for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for a waterline extension in Thorn Hill. The grant match would be provided by the North Grainger Utility District (NGUD). According to Mayor Mark Hipsher, NGUD would purchase water from the Sneedville

Weather gives students extended break

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – Grainger County schools were scheduled to open on time today, ending an extended Christmas break for students. Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin had hoped to resume classes Tuesday, but an outbreak of black ice, creating dangerous conditions around the county and forcing the closure of Hwy. 92, forced

Blaine discussing fire hydrant mandate

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent BLAINE – The city’s planning commission is looking at ways to increase the number of fire hydrants available to Blaine Volunteer Fire Department. At its February meeting, it will consider amending the subdivision regulations to require installation of hydrants in new subdivisions. It will also consider recommending to the board

UT Extension welcomes new agent

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor RUTLEDGE – The University of Tennessee recently welcomed a new employee to Grainger County Extension. Lauren Woods will be providing guidance to the FCS (Family and Consumer Sciences) programs. A Jefferson County native, Woods has an associate degree in Culinary Arts and a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition; she also has a

Challenger picks up petition in sheriff’s race

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE –  A veteran former Knox County deputy who lost his job after an alleged choking of a University of Tennessee student has obtained a petition to run for sheriff in the May 1 Grainger County primary. Frank Phillips was fired by Knox County Sheriff J. J. Jones following the

Primary election ordered for Circuit Court vacancy

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – The state election office has ordered an election during the May 1 county primary to nominate candidates to fill the vacancy created by the death of Circuit Court Judge Richard Vance, Grainger County Administrator of Elections Gina Hipsher said Monday. Following Judge Vance’s passing in November, the special

BSPD reports checkpoint and saturation arrests

BEAN STATION – The Bean Station Police Department (BSPD) has reported a number of citations and arrests related to sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols conducted by the department during the evening hours of December 29 and 30. According to BSPD Chief Chad Seal, a total of 54 citations were issued for a variety of moving and

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