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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.

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.