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Authorities investigating string of Union County fires

Authorities investigating string of Union County fires

Authorities in one East Tennessee county are continuing to investigate a string of property fires.

Over the last several days, two mobile homes, one house and three barns have caught fire in Union County. Two of those incidents happened over the weekend.

Authorities say an arsonist could be involved. They say the fires have happened all across Union County.

If you have any information about the fires, you're asked to call the Union County Sheriff's Office at (865) 992-4062. Callers can remain anonymous.

Arson suspected in string of Union County fires

Arson suspected in string of Union County fires

Union County officials are searching for the person they believe set six separate fires in six days.

The most recent two happened early Saturday morning.

The first was a barn fire on Hog Skin road around 1:45 a.m. The second fire broke out a few minutes later at a barn just a few miles away on Kettle Hollow Road, according to Gordon Sartain, chief of the Northeast Union Volunteer Fire Department.

The chief says the fires began about six days ago, and firefighters from several districts across the county have worked them for all but one night.

Vols bye weekend a busy time for wedding vendors

Vols bye weekend a busy time for wedding vendors

Wedding bells are ringing across East Tennessee this weekend thanks to the Vols bye week.

"It is the busiest weekend of all wedding weekends," Wedding planner Brenda Johnson said.

Her company, One Enchanted Evening, is planning three weddings this weekend and she had to turn even more brides away.

"Probably had about 8 to call," she said.

It's an East Tennessee tradition to get hitched when UT football is off. Something Johnson knows from years of planning around the football schedule.

Rutledge Middle students donate DVDs to Children's Hospital

A group of students got the chance to take a break from class on Thursday and get a sense of accomplishment at the same time.

Students and teachers from Rutledge Middle Schools went to Children's Hospital to make a special delivery. They dropped off hundreds of DVD movies for patients to enjoy.

It's part of a club called RMS Pride that focuses on community service.

Rutledge Middle students collected more than 500 DVDs.

Register to Vote!

Register to Vote!

You can register to vote now thru Monday, October 8.

If you are not registered by Oct. 8 you will not be able to vote for the Presidential and State General Election scheduled for November 6.

Early Voting starts Octoctober 17 and ends November 1.

Here's a couple handy links:

Police: Worker scammed Pump Springs Baptist Church

Police: Worker scammed Pump Springs Baptist Church

A Claiborne County church was scammed by a man helping on a renovation project.

41-year-old David Giles was working with Pump Springs Baptist Church.   They were rewiring an old school building where the church is putting a free medical clinic.

Middlesboro Police say Giles picked up copper wire from a Middlesboro electrical supply house, charged it to the church, then sold the wire as scrap at a recycling business.

Police say he also stole a tax exemption from the church.

Authorities are holding Giles in the Bell County, Kentucky jail.