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March 23, 2017

Members of the Blaine Board of Mayor and Aldermen addressed Todd Claiborne’s request for a two-year extension, Monday night.

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No action taken regarding extension request for Fox Farm development

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent BLAINE – City officials continue to struggle with finding a satisfactory resolution to Claiborne Hauling’s excavation project on the old Fox Farm property on Hwy. 11W. Todd Claiborne is seeking a two-year extension to complete the work. That suggestion is vigorously opposed by neighbors who are fed up with the


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CTE preparing students for the future

Barbara Womack Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – Jennifer Holt’s son, Trevor is enrolled in the Career and Technical Education program at Washburn High School. She was able to view the program in person during the CTE Showcase Thursday and was quite impressed with what she learned. “As a mom of a child who has so

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BSUD customers warned of questionable website

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor BEAN STATION – A website purporting to be associated with Bean Station Utility District (BSUD) that allows customers to pay their water bill online, is not affiliated with BSUD. When conducting a Google search for Bean Station Utility District, the fraudulent website appears at the top of the list, as

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Farmer Appreciation Day

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Judge Wolfenbarger to participate in expungement clinic

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor RUTLEDGE – Those whose criminal record might be affecting their ability to qualify for employment opportunities or other aspects of their life may be able to receive free expungement of certain charges. An expungement clinic will be held at Rutledge Baptist Church, Saturday, April 1. General Sessions Judge Lane Wolfenbarger will

Lawsuit filed in death of inmate dismissed

Tracey Wolfe Grainger Today Editor KNOXVILLE – A lawsuit filed against Grainger County following the death of a man while in custody of the Grainger County Detention Center has been dismissed by a federal judge. The suit sought compensation for civil rights violations, including deliberate indifference and failure to provide adequate medical care, and state


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Grizzly baseball defeats Cumberland Gap in nail-biter

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – The Grainger High School Grizzly baseball team opened its District 2-AA baseball season at home Monday night against the Panthers from Cumberland Gap. Grainger starting pitcher Justin Sales, who needed only six pitches to retire the Panthers in the first inning, continued an outstanding pitching performance as he

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Pitching holds key for Pirate baseball success

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent WASHBURN – Washburn High School Pirate coach Duke Stratton has a big task for the upcoming season by replacing eight seniors that were instrumental in leading the team to the District 2-A tournament championship last year. Now it’s up to Coach Stratton to try to mold the returning players into

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Lady Pioneer softball in a rebuilding year

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – After sending eight players, six of whom were starters, to the high school team, Rutledge Middle School Lady Pioneer coach Deeann Stratton is in a rebuilding mode for the 2017 season. With a class of eight eighth-graders and five seventh-graders, Coach Stratton must plug quite a few holes

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RMS baseball must win with hitting and defense

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent RUTLEDGE – Rutledge Middle School Coach Gray and his assistants, Toby Reagan and Garrett Yates, have a big task of replacing five or six starters from last year’s Pioneer team, as well as developing the depth that left when another six players moved on to high school baseball. “I’m still


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A Hanging in Rutledge

Marie Horne Grainger Today Reporter RUTLEDGE – John Nance’s trip to the gallows in the winter of 1867 was a journey three years in the making, one that would see him a fugitive from justice and pass into history labeled as a murderer. It was an event that drew a crowd of around 3,000 spectators.

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TBI urging vigilance in disappearance of Columbia teen

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is urging national vigilance in the ongoing effort to locate 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, who vanished from Columbia, Tennessee, and the man who is believed to have kidnapped her. Thomas is a 5’ 5”, 120 lb. white female, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing

Runners complete Bays Mountain Marathon

KINGSPORT – Runners from Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee completed the inaugural Bays Mountain Marathon Saturday, March 11 at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport. The 26.2-mile trail race was part of the 2017 Skelton Law Racing Series presented by the Law Office of Mark A. Skelton in Rogersville. The race was included in the Trail

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FCCLA officer completes leukemia awareness project

RUTLEDGE – Destiny Simpson, a Grainger High School FCCLA officer, has completed a project concerning leukemia awareness. As part of the project, she planned and completed a variety of activities at the high school and throughout the community. She began planning the activities in August and only recently completed the project. She was instrumental in collecting