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Tennessee Virtual Academy keeps 626 new students


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(WBIR) The Union County School Board voted Wednesday night to keep more than 600 students enrolled at Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA).

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Red Cross offers meals to those devastated by tornado


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Store owner recalls tale of survival after EF-3 tornado


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(WBIR-Speedwell) An EF-3 tornado hit Claiborne County on Sunday night, destroying 10 homes in the area.

Fortunately, no one was injured or killed from the storms. But cleanup is already proving to be a long process.

EF-3 tornado touched down in Claiborne County


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(WBIR) The National Weather Service in Morristown confirmed an EF-3 tornado touched down near Speedwell in Claiborne County Sunday night.

Wind speeds hit up to 140 miles-per-hour, according to the NWS.

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Pregnant Claiborne Co. teen arrested for DUI


A pregnant Claiborne County woman is accused of driving under the influence of drugs.

Rachel Blankenship, 18, is charged with DUI and reckless endangerment of a viable fetus.

THP troopers spotted Blankenship swerving on Highway 25E Thursday morning and pulled her over. Court documents show she failed several field sobriety tests.

Weather has small impact on Grainger County tomatoes


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Former Grainger Co. sheriff faces DUI, evading arrest charges


(WBIR) A former Grainger County sheriff and current Rutledge mayoral candidate was charged with drunk driving after he ran into at least one tombstone while leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers arrested Richard Jay McElhaney Saturday night and charged him with driving under the influence, evading arrest, reckless driving, among other charges, according to a Grainger County records.