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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.

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.

Author shares message through Zippy the zebra

An East Tennessee author travels to schools reading her books with a message.

Zippy is the star of a series of books by Candida Sullivan.

Zippy is a zebra born without stripes.

She recently read one of her stories to students at Midway Elementary School in New Tazewell. It is one of 40 schools she's visited with her message of acceptance and faith.

"Will God hear our prayers? Zippy asked with new excitement," she read from her book.

Candida Sullivan told the class she knows what it's like to be different.

Grainger Co. trooper files lawsuit over alleged civil conspiracy

A Grainger County state trooper is suing the county's sheriff, a constable, and the county for an alleged civil conspiracy. He says several officials illegally obtained his juvenile arrest record, and he's asking for nearly $4 million in damages.

Bridge work could impact drivers on Hwy. 33 bridge in Union Co.

From TDOT:

On Wednesday, February 20, drivers should be aware of temporary lane closures on the State Route 33 bridge so that crews can perform bridge inspections between the hours of 9am and 4pm.

No wide loads will be allowed to pass over the bridge during this time.