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Update: Missing tubers recovered from Douglas Lake

Update: Missing tubers recovered from Douglas Lake

Update 4:57 p.m

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency said rescue crews have found both bodies of two tubers missing since Thursday on Douglas Lake in Jefferson County.

TWRA said crews located the body of 53-year-old James Brannan from Illinois on Saturday afternoon around three.

Jefferson Rescue Squad Captain J. Ray Walker confirmed rescue crews found the body of 39-year-old John Perez from Indiana approximately an hour later.

Gov. Haslam declares disaster for flood zones

Gov. Haslam declares disaster for flood zones

Some financial help is on the way for victims of this month's floods in East Tennessee.

Governor Bill Haslam announced a U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration for several counties after severe storms and flooding damaged homes and businesses on August 5.

The declaration includes hard-hit Washington County as well as Greene and Hawkins counties.

It makes homeowners and businesses affected by the disaster eligible for low-interest loans.

Driver service center in Hamblen Co. temporarily closed

Driver service center in Hamblen Co. temporarily closed

From Tennessee Department of Safety:

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has announced that the Hamblen County Driver Service Center, located at 1901 State St. in Morristown, Tenn., is temporarily closed due to a building maintenance issue. The center will be closed until further notice.

Cocke County students find new school lunches hard to swallow

Cocke County students find new school lunches hard to swallow

While school lunches have almost always had a bad reputation, some students in Cocke County are now finding them even harder to swallow.

"I don't like the lettuce," said eighth-grader Haley Styles. "It's kinda weird-tasting. It tastes like grass."

But that "grass" is part of the new federal school menu requirements, laid out in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The 1994 law was re-authorized in 2010, with new, stricter food requirements taking effect July 1, 2012.

Duanah shines in Carson-Newman scrimmage

Duanah shines in Carson-Newman scrimmage

The Carson-Newman backfield got a little bit more crowded after a senior tailback's performance in an Orange and Blue scrimmage Wednesday.

Solomon Duanah (Johnson City, Tenn.) burst across the goal line and onto the blue turf of Burke-Tarr stadium's end zones three times - once through the air and twice on the ground - as the leading offensive performer in the scrimmage.

Duanah said his offensive line was the key to his success.

Greene Co. schools head to class one week late

Greene Co. schools head to class one week late

Greene County students went back to school Wednesday.

They were delayed a week due to a $1.2 million budget gap.

But Monday, Greene County Commissioners approved a 20 cent property tax increase.

Though not everyone loves the idea of a tax hike, the increase helped save a small country elementary school in Greeneville.

The last week was a roller coaster for librarian Sara Brown.

"The delay has been an emotional strain on all of us," explained Brown.

Her beloved school of 11 years was on the chopping block.

Greene Co. teen will be first youth to participate in Tenn. elk hunt

Greene Co. teen will be first youth to participate in Tenn. elk hunt

A Greene County 14-year-old is making hunting history. She will be the first youth ever to participate in a Tennessee elk hunt this fall.

State officials randomly drew Jessica Parkins' name out of a poll of nearly 300 teenage applicants, and she's no hunting rookie.

The high school freshman says she's been hunting with her dad since she was seven years old.

"My first big proud moment was when I killed my first deer. I was just running around everywhere. I had adrenaline pumping through me. It was awesome," she said.