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"No refusal" laws will be enforced this Labor Day weekend

"No refusal" laws will be enforced this Labor Day weekend

It will no doubt be a busy holiday weekend for people traveling and attending Labor Day weekend parties, and a couple counties in East Tennessee will be cracking down on drunk driving.

Roane, Campbell and Jefferson counties will add patrols on Labor Day weekend to enforce the state's new "no refusal" law.

The law took effect in July. It allows authorities to get a search warrant for a blood sample, even if the driver refuses to take a breathalyzer test.

In total, 16 counties state-wide will be participating this weekend.

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It's Football Time in Tennessee!

It's Football Time in Tennessee!

 

It's the day Vol fans have been waiting for, the start of the 2012 football season.    

It's been a long offseason for the team having to dwell on a loss to Kentucky for the last eight months.

But today the Vols open up the season against NC State.

The arrived in Atlanta yesterday afternoon.

This is the first time in 73 years that the team has played a regular season game on a Friday.

The Vols will take on the Wolfpack tonight at the Georgia Dome at 7:30 p.m.

The game will be aired on ESPU-U.

Ken Sparks gets 300th win for Carson-Newman

Ken Sparks gets 300th win for Carson-Newman

 

It was a landmark achievement for a longtime East Tennessee football coach.

Ken Sparks has been head coach at Carson-Newman College for 32 years.

Sparks said his football career began with a promise to God to be the best coach he could be.

And Thursday night, he reached a major milestone with his 300th win. The Eagles won 56-46 over Glenville State.

Sparks celebrated with his team on the field with prayer and of course a game ball.

He was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer but has said he won't let it stop him from coaching.

Supreme Court lets mining continue in Jefferson

Supreme Court lets mining continue in Jefferson

NEW MARKET, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a mining company in its bid to continue work in Jefferson County.

The county issued a stop work order in 1998 after enacting a comprehensive zoning ordinance that limited the land to agricultural use.

The American Limestone Company, Inc., and subsequent owner Ready Mix, USA, fought the order. They claimed that a grandfather clause allowed businesses that were in operation at the time of the zoning change to continue.

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Work at scene of I-40 rockslide finished

Work at scene of I-40 rockslide finished

After months of construction, work on the I-40 rockslide in Cocke County is complete.

Last winter, a rockslide shut down the westbound lanes of I-40 in Cocke County, close to the Tennessee-North Carolina state line.  Eventually, one lane was reopened for traffic.

In recent weeks, TDOT got both lanes open, but there were still barriers around the rock slide.

Walters State Comm. College partners with ORNL

Walters State Comm. College partners with ORNL

An East Tennessee community college is celebrating a new opportunity for its students.

Walters State Community College and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a partnership.

The agreement will allow students to work with ORNL's scientists to get hands-on experience in research and developing technologies through classroom projects and internships.

JEFFERSON: TDOT road construction roundup

JEFFERSON: TDOT road construction roundup

TDOT provides this roundup of East Tennessee road construction every week: