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Union Co. doesn't cut funding after all

Union Co. doesn't cut funding after all

Union County commissioners passed a budget that keeps all departments and non-profit agencies funded at the same level as last year, including fire departments.

Last week, commissioners discussed the possibility of cutting each department in order to add to its debt services, and at least one fire chief was concerned they would have to shut down their departments altogether.

But the commission decided to maintain funding, and that comes as a huge relief to firefighters.

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Thousands pour into Grainger County for tomato festival

Thousands pour into Grainger County for tomato festival

Thousands of people are visiting Grainger county to get their hands on the county's most famous form of produce. This weekend marks the 21st edition of the Grainger County Tomato Festival, which was first held in 1992.

Vendors and tents are full of local produce at the festival, from fried green tomatoes and roasted corn, to homemade ice cream.

East Tennessee Olympian Claire Donahue advances to 100 meter butterfly finals

East Tennessee Olympian Claire Donahue advances to 100 meter butterfly finals

Update: Donahue finished 5th in the semifinals with a time of 57.42. She has qualified for the finals that will take place Sunday.

LONDON - Being awakened by fireworks Friday night didn't disturb Claire Donahue this morning.

The 23-year-old from Lenoir City, Tenn., advanced to semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly at the Olympic Games. Donahue's time of 58.06 seconds ranks seventh out of the 16 swimmers who advanced.

Donahue, a Western Kentucky graduate, was sleeping in the Olympic Village until the sound of fireworks from the opening ceremony awakened her.

Grainger Co. Tomato Festival underway in Rutledge

Grainger Co. Tomato Festival underway in Rutledge

Farmers arrived at the campus of Rutledge Elementary and Middle School long before sunrise Friday to begin setting up for the annual Grainger County Tomato Festival.

The festival officially got underway for the public at noon Friday when farmers and vendors began selling produce for the "early shopping" period.  The festival gets into full swing Friday night with live music at the Grainger County Opree.

The festival runs through late Sunday afternoon.

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Man arrested after investigators say he shot into occupied home

Man arrested after investigators say he shot into occupied home

A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting in Grainger County on Tuesday.

55-year-old George "Stevie" Atkins has been charged with DUI, violation of implied consent, felony aggravated assault, five counts of felony reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm with the intent to go armed.

The Grainger County Sheriff's Department says the incident happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday on Rock Haven Road in Bean Station.

Man threatens to shoot wife, self in medical center

Man threatens to shoot wife, self in medical center

An East Tennessee husband will face charges for a threat he made against his wife that ended with an entire healthcare facility being evacuated.

Authorities say Christopher Britt of Grainger County threatened to shoot himself, then his wife. It happened Monday at the Blaine Medical Center.

Both had appointments at the center when Britt apparently lost his temper.

Crews had to close down the facility as a precaution.

They arrested Britt sometime later.

The sheriff says a similar incident happened one week ago.