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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.

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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.

Memorial marker dedicated for Wayne "Cotton" Morgan

Memorial marker dedicated for Wayne "Cotton" Morgan

Officers, friends and family dedicated a memorial marker honoring Wayne Cotton Morgan outside the Morgan County Jail Wednesday morning.

Employees of that jail pitched in to buy a memorial marker honoring his service.

Morgan worked for the Department of Correction for 28 years and was two years away from retirement when he was shot and killed nearly seven years ago.

Wayne "Cotton" Morgan memorial dedication Wednesday

Wayne "Cotton" Morgan memorial dedication Wednesday

Coworkers at the Morgan County Correctional Complex are honoring a
fallen officer's service by dedicating a memorial marker at the prison
entrance Wednesday morning. 

Wayne "Cotton" Morgan died almost seven years ago when he was shot during a prisoner escape at the Roane County Courthouse.

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Vandals strike Big South Fork again

Vandals strike Big South Fork again

For the third time this year, vandals have struck the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Park officials say someone smashed toilets and sinks inside bathrooms at the Yahoo Falls parking lot of the Kentucky side of the park. They say they don't know when they'll be able to re-open the bathroom and may have to use port-o-potties instead.

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.

Scott Co. hospital closure adds to high unemployment rate

Scott Co. hospital closure adds to high unemployment rate

After losing its only hospital, Scott County is feeling the effects in its unemployment rate.

Scott County again has the highest unemployment rate in the state, at 18.5%. From 15.8% one month prior (May), it's the biggest jump in more than 2 years.