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Harrogate man charged with theft at garage that caught fire

A Harrogate man is now charged with stealing items from a garage that was set on fire Monday.

According to Detective Bradley Duncan with the Claiborne County Sheriff's Department, John David Collins, 23, was arrested Monday in Tazewell after wrecking his vehicle.

Tazewell Police charged him with DUI.

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Crews fighting Corryton house fire block Washington Pike

Washington Pike was closed for several hours in Corryton while crews battled an abandoned house fire Tuesday morning.

According to a 10News crew on the scene, the fire was spotted at the unoccupied home on the 9100 block of Washington Pike around 6:00 a.m.

Fire crews arrived on scene shortly after to discover flames had swept through all of the home.

Authorities say no one had been occupying the house for two weeks.  However, the electricity was still hooked up.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Neighbors shocked at business explosion in Harrogate

Monday morning neighbors in one Claiborne County community woke up to fire and explosions in their neighborhood.

A local business, Hunley Repair, caught fire.

The Fire Chief for the Harrogate Volunteer Fire Department said it is the largest explosion he has ever seen and neighbors agreed they have never seen anything like it.

Just before 6:00 Monday morning, Vickie Gibbs heard several loud explosions.

Sequestration proposal calls for cuts to farm subsidies

Lawmakers have presented multiple plans to stop sequestration before it goes into effect March 1, but some local farmers say they have their doubts about one proposal in particular.

Senate Democrats created a plan that would cut farming subsidies by 27.5 billion dollars over the next ten years.  Their goal is to avert the automatic federal budget cuts that would save the country more than $80 billion in spending.

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Mobile food pantry helps hundreds in Claiborne County

Compassion Ministries partnered with Second Harvest Saturday to help hundreds of people in Claiborne County get much needed food.

The outreach of the Cornerstone Church of God and the non-profit held a mobile food pantry at Clairfield Elementary School on Saturday.

Volunteers passed out bread, canned goods, potatoes, drinks and hygiene items to more than 300 people. This group has previously sponsored mobile food pantries in Knox and Campbell counties.

LMU eliminating 13 faculty positions

More than a dozen faculty members at Lincoln Memorial University won't have a job after the end of the semester.

LMU issued non-renewal notices last week to 13 faculty members in its Carter and Moyers School of Education.

Faculty at LMU are not tenured, and operate on year to year contracts.

School officials say they had to make the cuts because of an expected drop in enrollment in graduate education programs.

They project that the school will drop from about 700 to 1000 students in those programs, to only 200.

Union County school teacher fired for underage drinking party

A Maynardville Elementary school teacher allowed nearly two dozen underage students to drink on her property.

Thursday night she lost her job for it.

Tina Wilder fought for months to keep teaching and the fight continued at the Union County School board meeting.

Attorneys for the Union County Director of Schools and Wilder argued their cases to the board.