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January 20, 2018


TDH reports overdose deaths associated with buprenorphine

NASHVILLE – According to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), buprenorphine is an important part of treatment for many with substance use disorder, and coupled with therapy and support it can save lives. However, TDH data show an increase in deaths associated with buprenorphine when the drug is used with another respiratory depressant. As organizations

RAM free medical clinic open to Grainger residents

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent ROCKFORD– Remote Area Medical (RAM) will host its 900th clinic for individuals and families in need of medical services for five days beginning Jan. 31 at the Jacobs Building at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville. The clinic is open to residents of Grainger and other surrounding counties, said Robert Lambert, media

THP announces driver license roadside safety checkpoints

FALL BRANCH – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of January 14 through January 20 in Grainger County. Troopers will conduct checkpoints on Hwy. 11W Thursday, January 18; Owl Hole Gap Road and Hwy. 25E Friday, January 19; and Slate Hill Road Saturday, January 20. Recognizing

State primary candidates pick up petitions

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – Grainger County Commissioner James Acuff will seek to challenge State Rep.  Jerry Sexton for a second time in the Aug. 2 state Republican primary election. Acuff took out his petition shortly after qualifying for the August primary opened Friday. Sexton defeated Acuff in the 2016 primary and was

The 2017 Year in Review

Photos by Tracey Wolfe The Charlie Daniels Band helped celebrate 25 years of the Grainger County Tomato Festival with a performance during the Grainger County Tomato Festival Concert Series free concert. The 2017 Year in Review Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor JANUARY Sworn In Recently elected Bean Station aldermen, Jeff Atkins and Patsy Harrell, were

Girls of Grainger

Darla Ramsey with Bridges Funeral Home, the sole sponsor of the annual Girls of Grainger County, presents a $300 check on behalf of Dennis and Kim Bridges to winner Casey Bonnell. See the special section inside the January 3 print edition for the complete Girls of Grainger County calendar. Share your opinions and comments with

Mayor’s Race could see competition

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – Former County Commissioner Mike Byrd has obtained a petition to possibly challenge incumbent County Mayor Mark Hipsher in the May 1 Grainger County Republican Primary.Hipsher had taken out a petition to seek a third term when qualifying began in November. He has not yet filed a completed petition

Grainger students’ test results earn credit hours at TCAT 

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent   WASHBURN – Every student at Washburn High School and nearly half of the students at Grainger High School who took the industrial electricity exam after completing the course this month earned 100 hours of credit for future study at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Morristown.  Lisa Setsor, coordinator of technical education

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