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Scott Co. unemployment rate increases again in July

Scott Co. unemployment rate increases again in July

Numbers from the state show even more people are out of work in an East Tennessee county plagued by unemployment.

Scott County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, coming in at 21.7 percent. That number is for July, and is just over two percent higher than the previous month.

Tennessee's unemployment rate for July increased only slightly, and Knox County once again had the state's lowest major metropolitan rate.
    

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I-75 South officially reopens in Campbell County

I-75 South officially reopens in Campbell County

After months of lane closures and traffic delays, TDOT has officially reopened I-75 south in Campbell County.

In March, a landslide practically wiped out portions of the southbound lanes near milemarker 143.  The southbound lanes had to be completely shut down for repairs, forcing drivers to take long detours before one southbound lane was eventually reopened in the northbound lanes.

Mission of Hope delivers supplies, smiles to Winfield School

Mission of Hope delivers supplies, smiles to Winfield School

A green folder, an orange backpack. Those seemingly simple supplies brought smiles to the faces of some Scott County students this week.

"I think it's awesome," sixth-grader Rhiannon Harris said.

She was among the more than 200 students at Winfield School to receive backpacks filled with school supplies on Wednesday.

Volunteers from Gists Creek Baptist Church in Sevierville delivered them on behalf of Mission of Hope.

tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

As many high school seniors begin to prepare for college, one local scholarship program is gearing up for a higher number of applicants this year.

"tnAchieves" provides assistance to public school students who continue their education at a community college. In East Tennessee, those schools include Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, and Walter State Community college.

The "last dollar" scholarship provides funds to cover whatever tuition costs remain after financial aid and other scholarships.

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HomeGrown: Jeff Joslin, Actor

HomeGrown: Jeff Joslin, Actor

This summer, Jeff Joslin made it to the big screen.

"I play Tyler Perry's boss. I'm a federal prosecutor."

You could say he's come a long way from Cedar Bluff Elementary.

"We did the play "Rumpelstiltskin" and I had one line."

That was Joslin's first brush with acting, but, back then, he was more interested in sports.

"At age 6, I started playing football and that's all I wanted to do. I wanted to be a professional athlete."

Highway 127 yard sale keeps law enforcement, wrecker companies busy

Highway 127 yard sale keeps law enforcement, wrecker companies busy

As bargain shoppers flock to the annual Highway 127 yard sale, vendors aren't the only ones expecting a busy weekend.

Law enforcement and wreckers also plan for a weekend of heavy traffic and accidents.

"It took me 30 minutes to go five miles," said tower Jimmy Pritchett. His Fentress County business always sees an increase in calls during the annual yard sale weekend.

"It's lined up for miles, just bumper to bumper. You can't get on the road, you can't turn," he said.

Claire Donahue's former coach watches achievements from London

Claire Donahue's former coach watches achievements from London

"You say 'wow, she's really here; she has really made it,'" John Matson recalled Friday -- just 24 hours since returning from London to watch his former student in the pinnacle of her career.

Lenior City native Claire Donahue competed in the 100 meter butterfly in the 2012 Olympics last Sunday. Friday, she helped the U.S. women's team get to the finals of the 400 meter relay.

It has been a long road to get to the London Aquatics Centre for the 23-year-old, a road that began in Blount County. That's where Matson first met Donahue more than a decade ago.