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May 24, 2017

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Grainger man indicted on federal child pornography charges 

Tracey Wolfe  Grainger Today Editor  RUTLEDGE – A Grainger County man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on felony charges of distributing child pornography and possession of child pornography. The two-count indictment states Seth Reynolds Hoover, 31, Rutledge, “did knowingly distribute child pornography” and “did knowingly possess material which contains an image of child pornography.” Officers


Bean Station approves first reading of FY 2017-18 budget

Robert Turner  Grainger Today Reporter  BEAN STATION – The Bean Station Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the first reading of the town’s FY2017-18 budget during its meeting, Monday. The projected budget is $1,201,429, which is a $135,491 increase from last year. During last week’s workshop meeting where the budget was introduced, Mayor Terry Wolfe explained

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Harvard bound!: Watson makes his choice

Elmer Smith  Grainger Today Correspondent  RUTLEDGE – Mason Watson, a Grainger High School graduate and valedictorian of the Class of 2017, has made his decision and will be enrolling in Harvard University in the fall. That decision didn’t come easily, as Watson had a number of outstanding alternatives that included Princeton University and Duke University.

Man grabs shotgun after wrong button pushed

Tracey Wolfe  Grainger Today Editor  BLAINE – A Blaine man is facing charges after he allegedly became angry after someone pressed the wrong button on the TV remote and grabbed a sawed-off shotgun, shooting a round into a door, and eventually stabbed an individual. David Edgar Crowder, 59, reportedly became upset when he and three other

Grainger County BOE approves budget

Barbara Womack  Grainger Today Correspondent  RUTLEDGE – The Grainger County Board of Education has approved a budget of nearly $27 million for the 2017-18 academic year. The measure approved at its May 16 meeting includes a two percent pay raise for all staff, bus contractors and drivers, as well as funds for an additional school resource


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Cardoza signs with LMU 

In signing ceremonies at Grainger High School last Friday, Haylie Cardoza signed to cheer for Lincoln Memorial University. Pictured above front row (l-r) are: Stacy Barker, Haylie and stepmother, Christine Peterson, back row (l-r) are: cheer coach Amanda Kirby; stepfather, Daniel Barker; father, Michael Cardoza; and aunt, Jennifer Blume. Share your opinions and comments with

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Grizzly football wraps up spring training

Elmer Smith  Grainger Today Correspondent  RUTLEDGE – The Grainger High School football team wrapped up its 15 days of spring practice Monday, May 15 with a scrimmage against the Gibbs High School Eagles. “We’re just so inexperienced at a lot of positions,” said Head Coach Chad Tate. “It’s been really good to get out and try

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Spears signs with LMU 

In signing ceremonies held at Grainger High School last Friday, Parris Spears signed to cheer for Lincoln Memorial University. Front row (l-r) are: mother, Amy Spears; Parris; and brother, Bradley Spears, back row (l-r) are: brother, Saylor Spears; father, Shaun Spears; and Grainger cheer coach Amanda Kirby.   Share your opinions and comments with the editor.

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Grainger track and field ends season in subsectional

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Corresponden GREENEVILLE– Last Tuesday, the Grainger High School track and field teams traveled toGreeneville Middle School to take part in the TSSAA Northeast Subsectional for class A and AAteams. Sophomore Preston Owens was the top finisher of the Grainger participants as he took ninth place in the 110-meter hurdles, with a

Grizzly baseball takes second in district tourney

Elmer Smith Grainger Today Correspondent TUSCULUM –In the District 2-AA baseball tournament played last Monday, May 8 atTusculum College, the Grainger High School Grizzly baseball team took on the Bulldogs from Claiborne High School. Due to the rain and wet grounds over the previous weekend, the first round of the tournament had to be postponed


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The winds of change are blowing at Huff’s German Creek Marina

Tracey Wolfe  Grainger Today Editor  BEAN STATION – What could be better than dining out? Dining out on the water, of course. Those who have a difficult time dragging themselves off the lake to go get something to eat will be happy to hear they no longer have to. Hungry boaters can fill their boat’s gas

THP announces driver license checkpoints

FALL BRANCH – The Tennessee Highway Patrol has announced it will conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of June 4 through June 10, on State Routes 92, 131 and 375, Owl Hole Gap Road and Indian Ridge Road. THP will also conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints the week of June 11

Honor Rolls

Students making Gold Honor Roll at Joppa Elementary School with all A’s for the third nine weeks are: First grade, Preston Ayers, Dawson Brown, Emily Carter, Kylie Chambers, Alli Cochran, Eli Coffey, Shawn Courtney, Presli Covington, Peyton Covington, Emma Daniels, Braxton Davis, Kason Davis, Laney Drake, Lyric Dunkle, Haley Fouts, Gavin Goetz, Catelyn Greene, Kyler

An Evening of Bluegrass to support Kingswood

MORRISTOWN – An Evening of Bluegrass, an inaugural bluegrass concert to benefit Kingswood Home for Children, will be held May 27 in the Cherokee Park Amptheatre, in Morristown.   Michelin and Porter’s Tire Store will host the concert, which will headline Flatt Lonesome, who was awarded IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Song

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Henlsey receives JROTC Bronze Medal

RUTLEDGE – Samuel Doak Chapter NSDAR Regent Barbara Baker presented Ashland Hensley with the JROTC Bronze Medal and a $50 check at Awards Day, May 11 at Grainger High School.  Hensley is the daughter of Brian and Erika Hensley. The bronze medal is awarded to a senior or junior student in a JROTC program. Hensley, a