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Not in My Backyard

Not in My Backyard

Having a background in real estate, I pay attention when I see rezoning notices posted.  However, early this summer, my neighbors in Country Club Estates and I were surprised to receive a notice from a local developer in our mailboxes.  It seems one of our grocery stores, Food City, would like to relocate across AJ Highway and build a new store.  

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.

Cocke Co. firefighters head south to help Issac relief efforts

Cocke Co. firefighters head south to help Issac relief efforts

Dusting and zipping up gear in his truck, Grassy Fork firefighter Carson Cross is getting ready for a big challenge-- a challenge far away from his Cocke County home.

"I mean we want to help our brothers and sisters," Cross said Wednesday. He is one of six firefighters from Grassy Fork and Cosby that are planning to go to Hancock County, Miss., to help with relief efforts following Tropical Storm Isaac. He said the main goal is to assist the local fire departments in the area.

Hamblen leads rural counties in Hispanics

Hamblen leads rural counties in Hispanics

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- A report from the University of Tennessee finds that Hamblen County has the largest Hispanic population in Tennessee, outside of metropolitan areas.

The Citizen Tribune reported on the study by UT's Center for Business and Economic Research.

The study used 2010 U.S. Census data and concluded more than 6,700 Hispanics live in Hamblen County, but also noted that because of the way census information is gathered, that figure is probably low.

Newport Grammar School sees enrollment jump

Newport Grammar School sees enrollment jump

The classes may be small, but that doesn't mean students and parents aren't lining up to attend Newport Grammar School. 791 students go to the Pre-K through 8th grade school this year, 99 more than last year.

"We usually see 30 coming in, 30 going out, kind of an equal balance," said Principal Sandra Burchette. "We have just all summer seen such an increase in enrollment."

The school is zoned for those who live within city limits. Others can attend, but pay tuition.

Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier

Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier

Did you sing along to the Ballad of Davy Crockett when you read the title?  In Morristown we do for sure.  We have the Crockett Tavern right here and lots of local historians and re-enactors to take you back in time .  Darrell Williams contributes the following historical information along with an event reminder:

 

Welcome to Morristown

Welcome to Morristown

First, let's start with a little history.  Morristown was settled around the late 1780's by Gideon Morris utilizing a land grant from the state of North Carolina.  Morris and his family came to present day Morristown from the Watauga settlement near Elizabethton.  The Morris family graveyard today consists of an acre surrounded by an iron fence in to the south of downtown beside the Little Dutch Restaurant. (thank you Wikipedia and Darrell Williams)