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September 20, 2017

Overdose deaths increasing: More opioid prescriptions in Grainger County than people

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor NASHVILLE – There were 35,242 painkiller prescriptions in Grainger County in 2016, according to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). With an estimated total population of 23,072 in Grainger County for 2016, the number of painkiller prescriptions exceeded the population by 12,170. According to TDH, during 2015 there were two opioid

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Fifth bomb threat disrupts school

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – School officials are not the only ones who have had their fill of bomb threats at Grainger High School. Students are fed up too. Director of Schools Edwin Jarnagin said an investigation is continuing in the latest threat that was found in the boys’ bathroom at GHS Thursday.

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Wolfenbarger named Grizzly basketball coach

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE– Adam Wolfenbarger has been selected as the new head coach for the Grizzly boys basketball team. Wolfenbarger’s promotion from assistant coach to head coach was announced Tuesday afternoon by Grainger High School administrators. “When Coach D (Derrick Combs) resigned his position, there was only one choice for the job

BOE discusses ongoing threats

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – The Grainger County Board of Education received an update from school officials and law enforcement Monday regarding a recent rash of bomb threats at Grainger High School (GHS) and Joppa Elementary School. The board moved up its monthly meeting from Tuesday so members could attend the TSBA fall

Free dinner and movie Saturday

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor BEAN STATION – A free evening on the Town of Bean Station is open to everyone, Saturday, September 23. The town will show the PG-rated movie “Dreamer,” and serve hot dogs, chips, popcorn, bottled water, hot chocolate and coffee, free of charge, for anyone who wishes to attend, at Harris

Haslam, Barnes announce plans to reform welfare programs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes have announced plans to reinstate the federal work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that was waived in 2008 during the economic recession. With the state’s record low unemployment rates and significant

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Sports

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Pioneers post another thrilling victory

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE– The Middle-8 Conference rival East Ridge Middle School Bears football team challenged the Pioneers Tuesday, September 12 at Rutledge Middle School. In a game that went back and forth for the two teams, a touchdown by the Pioneer passing combination of Ian Dortch to Landon Patterson, with less than

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Lady Pioneers earn two victories

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – The Rutledge Middle School Lady Pioneers varsity volleyball squad earned two conference victories in Middle-8 action last week. The Lady Pioneer junior varsity team split two matches. In their first game, played Monday, September 11, the Lady Pioneers varsity squad took on the Lady Hornets of Maury Middle

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Grainger Grizzlies fall to Elizabethton

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent ELIZABETHTON – Last Friday night, the Grainger High School Grizzlies traveled to Elizabethton to take on the Cyclones in a Region One football game. Elizabethton won the toss and deferred their option to the second half. Marcos Bueno’s strategic kickoff gave the Cyclones possession at their own 31-yard line. After

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Washburn cross-country teams off and running

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent NORRIS – Washburn School’s middle school and high school cross-country teams completed successful meets in separate competitions last week. Two middle school runners finished in the top ten in their meet. Two from the high school finished in the top 10 in a meet Tuesday, with one of them setting

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Living

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Matlock moving from customer service to public service

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent BLAINE – State Rep. Jimmy Matlock says he has an advantage over other candidates in the 2018 Republican primary to succeed the retiring U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. Since 2006, he has served the 21st State House district in the Tennessee General Assembly. He has also been in business

MPD warning citizens of scam

MORRISTOWN – The Morristown Police Department (MPD) is warning citizens of a recent home-improvement scam. According to a press release issued by MPD, two white males driving a white Ford pick-up truck with a mounted tank are representing themselves as an asphalt-sealing service. The suspects stop unsolicited at a residence and offer to seal the

Get a shopping cart makeover

KNOXVILLE – The University of Tennessee Medical Center is hosting a grocery shopping cart makeover. UT Medical Center’s Healthy Living Kitchen dietitian, Janet Seiber, RD, LDN, CDE will teach shoppers how to compare food options, while shopping, to make the healthiest food selections. The event will be held Wednesday, September. 27 from 10:30 until 11:30

Crooked River Half Marathon takes place October 15

HILTONS, VIRGINIA – The second annual Crooked River Half Marathon will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, October 15 at The Lodge at Crooked River, 110 Crooked River Drive, Hiltons, Virginia 24258. The Lodge is situated between the North Fork of the Holston River and Clinch Mountain. The race will take place on a United States

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The Little Dipper: New owners and new direction

Robert Turner Grainger Today Reporter BLAINE – For anyone traveling on Hwy. 11W through Blaine, there will be noticeable change to The Little Dipper: the parking lot is full. The iconic diner and creamery has slowly but surely returned to the days when locals and travelers would stop for good food and interesting conversation. For

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