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World's Longest Yardsale celebrates 25 years of bargains

World's Longest Yardsale celebrates 25 years of bargains

25 years of buying, selling, and most importantly bargaining continues this weekend in East Tennessee.

The World's Longest Yardsale stretches an impressive 690 miles in length.

Vendors line the Highway 127 corridor from five miles north of Addison, Michigan, to Gadsden, Alabama, making its way across the Cumberland Plateau in Cumberland and Fentress Counties. 

The sale got its start in Fentress County in 1987 and has continued to grow.

Most of the vendors return year after year to sell their collectibles and see old friends.

Dollywood offering extended hours, discounted tickets after 5 p.m.

Dollywood offering extended hours, discounted tickets after 5 p.m.

Fans of Dollywood have something new to be excited about. Dollywood Nights keeps the park open until 10 o'clock at night.

If you can wait long enough to buy a ticket after 5 in the afternoon, it'll only be $29.

The park makes this experience a little different; you can ride attractions like Wild Eagle in the dark.

Folks we talked to are excited to take advantage of the deal.

"We can come when it's cooler and have more time for the kids and the rides and be here at night," said Karen Brown from Wellington, FL.

Cocke Co. town finds 27 basketballs clogging drain

Cocke Co. town finds 27 basketballs clogging drain

The Cocke County town of Parrottsville discovered the source of its drainage problem last week: 27 basketballs.

The Parrottsville Inn, which is located in the middle of town, would occasionally experience floods because of a nearby drain backup.

"It was completely wiping out our mulch when it would flood," said Parrottsville Inn Owner Raymond Robinson.

He said the drainage problem had cost his bed and breakfast $1,200. So, the town of Parrottsville decided to fix the problem.

Soon thereafter, that was when the discovery was made.

Tall weeds worry drivers on 11E in Jefferson Co.

Tall weeds worry drivers on 11E in Jefferson Co.

Weeds are worrying drivers on Highway 11E in Jefferson County in Strawberry Plains. They fear decreased visibility when the weeds grow too tall.

Drivers say when the weeds get too tall, they can't see oncoming traffic, so they fear merging into crossover lanes.

"I just hope there's not a family who loses a family member over this right here," said David Owens, a nearby homeowner.

"We cannot see to pull out on the highway.  That's putting everybody's life in danger," said nearby store owner Mark Eslinger.

Cocke County Elections Commissioner faces a multi-million dollar lawsuit

Cocke County Elections Commissioner faces a multi-million dollar lawsuit

Cocke County Elections Commissioner, Dan Ford, faces a multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit.

 The parents of 21-year-old Katelin Richardson are suing Ford, his wife, the state, the Department of Transportation and the manufacturer of her bike, Pacific Cycle, Inc. for $11 million in damages. 

Katelin Richardson was hit and killed while riding her bike last July in Cocke County.  She is originally from Vermont, but was working as a rafting guide in Tennessee over the summer. 

East Tennessee Olympian Claire Donahue advances to 100 meter butterfly finals

East Tennessee Olympian Claire Donahue advances to 100 meter butterfly finals

Update: Donahue finished 5th in the semifinals with a time of 57.42. She has qualified for the finals that will take place Sunday.

LONDON - Being awakened by fireworks Friday night didn't disturb Claire Donahue this morning.

The 23-year-old from Lenoir City, Tenn., advanced to semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly at the Olympic Games. Donahue's time of 58.06 seconds ranks seventh out of the 16 swimmers who advanced.

Donahue, a Western Kentucky graduate, was sleeping in the Olympic Village until the sound of fireworks from the opening ceremony awakened her.

Grainger Co. Tomato Festival underway in Rutledge

Grainger Co. Tomato Festival underway in Rutledge

Farmers arrived at the campus of Rutledge Elementary and Middle School long before sunrise Friday to begin setting up for the annual Grainger County Tomato Festival.

The festival officially got underway for the public at noon Friday when farmers and vendors began selling produce for the "early shopping" period.  The festival gets into full swing Friday night with live music at the Grainger County Opree.

The festival runs through late Sunday afternoon.