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NASCAR: Bell, Logano ‘clean up’ on the dirt at Bristol

(Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service/MRN.com) Before Sunday night‘s Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Christopher Bell lamented that a “dirt guy” hadn‘t won the NASCAR Cup Series‘ only race on the red clay in Thunder Valley. Bell fixed the problem—in a race that also saw hard feelings between …

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Group from CHS competing in ‘Club Madness Challenge’

ACTPrep.com is holding its fifth annual Club Madness Challenge. According to the company’s website, this year, there are a total of 50 teams from 27 high schools across Tennessee competing to win a portion of more than $11,000 in prize money. Teams go up against one other team for 24 hours …

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LaFollette man indicted on arson, attempted murder charges

A joint investigation by special agent fire investigators with the TBI and the Campbell County Sheriff’s detectives has resulted in the indictment of a LaFollette man on attempted murder and arson charges. According to a TBI press release, on December 29th, TBI agents joined the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at …

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Victims in Wednesday house fire identified

Thursday, the TBI identified the victims in a Wednesday night house fire in Rocky Top and said that their investigation is “active and ongoing” into its cause. 62-year-old Timmy Joe Morris and 11-year-old Isaac Shrader were found inside the home on Ponderosa Lane in Rocky Top. Isaac was a 5th-grade …

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BBB: Oliver Springs has new city manager

According to our partners at BBB-TV, Oliver Springs has a new City Manager. The station reports that now-former city manager Thomas McCormick resigned late Wednesday, effective immediately. No reason was given but BBB reports that the resignation followed a meeting between McCormick and Mayor Jason Stiltner concerning “the direction of …

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‘Operation Egg Hunt’ targets sex offender registry violators

According to a press release, a multi-agency sex offender registry compliance operation concluded this week with the check of more than 70 registered sex offenders. During the operation, dubbed “Operation Egg Hunt,” compliance checks were conducted on more than 70 registered sex offenders. Law enforcement teams made contact with 72 …

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ORHS senior places first, qualifies for International Science and Engineering Fair

(Oak Ridge Schools press release) Roxanne Farahi, a senior at Oak Ridge High School (ORHS), placed first at the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SASE), earning a scholarship prize and the opportunity to travel to Dallas in May to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) against 1800 other …

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Tennessee debuts Historic Cemetery Register and Statewide Cemetery Map

(THC press release) The Tennessee Historic Cemetery Preservation Program has created a map in ArcGIS format of the state’s historic cemeteries available to the public. The Tennessee Historical Commission defines historic cemeteries as those 50 years old or older. Identifying locations of the state’s numerous cemeteries is an on-going project and the …

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TBI: One adult, one juvenile killed in overnight fire

Two people, an adult and a juvenile, were killed in an overnight house fire in Anderson County. The Rocky Top Fire Department said in a social media post that has since been removed that, at around 11:30 pm, they responded to a mutual aid request from the Medford Volunteer Fire …

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UCOR announces another reactor set for demolition

(UCOR press release) The skyline in the heart of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is changing again as workers begin to demolish a once world-famous reactor. The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) and its cleanup contractor, UCOR, began tearing down the Low Intensity Test Reactor, also known as Building 3005, in late March. …

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