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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.

New promise for VA Clinic in Campbell County

New promise for VA Clinic in Campbell County

Plans for a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Campbell County are renewed.

Originally, the Department of Veterans Affairs promised to build the facility in Campbell County in 2008.

Four years later, there's still no clinic.

Now, Tennessee VA officials promise start-up funds are in place for the facility.

Approximately $1 million from the Rural Health Initiative will help VA officials find the proper building to lease and make any renovations needed.

Local veterans believe the outpatient clinic will be busy. 

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.

Fill up the Van effort will buy school supplies for Campbell Co. kids

Fill up the Van effort will buy school supplies for Campbell Co. kids

As students across East Tennessee head back to the classroom, we're learning more about how one community is helping some families cut their school supply bills.

The Campbell County Sheriff's Office is collecting supplies on Friday.   It's called "Fill up the Van" and is happening from noon to midnight at the Jacksboro Wal-mart.

While people are shopping, the sheriff's office hopes people will pick up a few items to donate.

LaFollette opens new public library

LaFollette opens new public library

LaFollette held a grand opening for their brand new public library Wednesday.

City council helped fund the new building, along with fundraising efforts by the community.

The library director says the library needed more breathing room.

"Everything was just jam packed; it felt like you were a sardine in a cracker box. Compared to here, you have room to breathe," said Nancy Green.

The old library was inside the city hall, but the new building is three times its size.