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Carson-Newman 'Best Buddies' program named best in state

Eunice Kennedy Shriver pushed for the creation of Special Olympics. Her son Anthony Shriver founded another program for people with disabilities called Best Buddies. A local chapter won a state award for its commitment to people with intellectual disabilities.

During the school year, Brandie Gilliam and Wendell Williams get together once a week. They're part of an organization at Carson-Newman University called Best Buddies.

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The Lunch Express brings meals to kids in need

(WBIR - Greene Co.) A local food bank is taking an unconventional approach to feed hundreds of East Tennessee kids who may not get a lunch every day.

It's the first year the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee operated The Lunch Express, a former school bus converted into a restaurant on wheels. It travels some 50 miles daily with its fleet of four vehicles, going to different parts of Greene County to deliver lunch to needy children.

Work on I-40 bridge in Jefferson Co. will mean lane closures for 2 years

(WBIR - Jefferson Co.) Work will begin this weekend to repair the I-40 bridge over the French Broad River in Jefferson County.  The work will result in lane closures for the next two years that will affect thousands of drivers.

During an inspection, crews found problems with some of the structural support and the concrete deck.

The bridge, near mile marker 424, carries more than 27,000 cars a day. Engineers hope repairs will extend the bridge's life by 40 years.

Gov. Haslam appoints new chancellor for 3rd District

(WBIR - Nashville) Governor Bill Haslam announced Wednesday he is appointing Douglas Jenkins as the new chancellor for the Third Judicial District.

The district includes Greene, Hamblen, Hancock and Hawkins counties.

Jenkins, who is from Rogersville, has practiced law since 1995, and at Terry, Terry and Stapleton since 1997. He graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 1995.

Jenkins is replacing Thomas Frierson, who was named to the Tennessee Court of Appeals in February.

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Heavy rain and rust blamed for JCHS building collapse

(WBIR - Jefferson County)  On Monday the sun finally broke through the clouds after several days of heavy rain in Jefferson County.  The sunshine also shed light on the devastation the downpours caused at a collapsed building on the campus of Jefferson County High School.

Administrators are in search of classroom space after the roof of Building 8 at JCHS buckled under the weight of a pool of water on Sunday.

Roof collapses at Jefferson Co. H.S. building

(WBIR - Dandridge) No one was hurt after part of the roof of East Tennessee High school building collapsed Sunday.

The incident occured at Jefferson County High School around 12:30p.m.

Assistant High School Principal Randy Rogers said the affected area was "Building 8", which is one of the high school's vocational buildings.

He said one classroom, used for drama activites at the school, was pretty much destroyed.

"We've had roof issues with leaking, but nothing, nothing to this magnitude," he said.

Frightmare Manor opens for weekend of terror

Halloween is still three months away, but you can get your haunted house fix a little early this weekend.

Frightmare Manor in Hamblen County is open Friday and Saturday for a special opening.

Terror in July marks the anniversary of the death of the property's original owner.