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Grainger schools dismissing at 2:30 pm because of threat


Grainger County Schools are dismissing early Friday because of what the Director of Schools calls a "low-grade bomb threat."

Edwin Jarnagin says the threat came in from Jamaica and it did not specify a school. Students were evacuated when the threat came in. Schools will close at 2:15 pm.

Authorities are already searching the buildings, and have several of them and students were allowed back inside.


Cleanup continues two weeks after tornado hit East Tenn.


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(WBIR - Claiborne County) It's been two weeks since an EF-3 tornado ripped through East Tennessee. Still, people living in Claiborne County are picking up the pieces.

In wake of Stewart accident, local dirt track owners react


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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart chose not to race at Watkins Glen Sunday afternoon after he was involved in a deadly dirt-track accident Saturday night.

Bean Station Elementary to dismiss at noon Wednesday


Bean Station Elementary School in Grainger County will close at noon Wednesday due to a water main break.

Starting at 11 a.m., parents can begin picking up their children.

Students at Rutledge Middle School and Grainger County High School, who ride a Bean Station Elementary School bus, will be released at 11:45 a.m.


Tornado clean-up intensifies in Claiborne County


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It's been a little more than a week since an EF-3 tornado touched down in Claiborne County, destroying ten homes and a grocery store that stood in it's path.

Since then, emergency and clean-up crews have been working non-stop.

Tornado cleanup continues a week later


(WBIR- Claiborne County) A week after an EF3 swept through the area around the Campbell County and Claiborne County line, the cleanup effort continues.

Gwen Patterson and her 91-year-old mother, Ola Bowman, live in the area, with only a highway separating their homes. Both homes were in the tornado's path of destruction.

"I think she's done better with this than we all have," Patterson said, "and she keeps saying we're going to be alright."

Tornado victim: 'We were being watched over'


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(WBIR-Speedwell) The EF-3 tornado that struck Claiborne County on Sunday may have destroyed a Speedwell man's home, but he said it strengthened his relationship with God.