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East TN airman killed in crash honored by hometown

East TN airman killed in crash honored by hometown

An East Tennessee airman killed while fighting a wildfire in South Dakota was honored by his hometown Friday night.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Mikeal was one of four airmen who died in a "C-130" crash this summer.

He grew up in East Tennessee and graduated from Clinton High School, where school officials and members of the ROTC program recognized his service at Friday night's football game against Hardin Valley.

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Hunger Games fan transforms his Oak Ridge lawn

Hunger Games fan transforms his Oak Ridge lawn

Best selling books inspired an East Tennessee man to transform his lawn.

"My granddaughter in Franklin, Tennessee had read the books and was so excited about it," Brian Addison said.

His 14 year old granddaughter convinced him to see The Hunger Games movie and then read the trilogy.

"It was hard to put down actually the first book so I said OK let's see what happens in the second one," he said.

In the best selling books written by Suzanne Collins, the mockingjay is a symbol of rebellion.

New Kroger Marketplace may be coming to Oak Ridge

New Kroger Marketplace may be coming to Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge's busiest intersection may soon get a little busier.

Final plans are underway for a new Kroger Marketplace.

The proposed location is at the corner of Oak Ridge Turnpike and Illinois Avenue.  The site would also have about 12-thousand square feet for small shop space. 

Contractors and officials will propose the site plan to the city's planning commission in the next few days.

City officials will likely consider the new store at its September 28 meeting.  Then, the city council would have to sign off.

Kitchen worker has great attitude

Kitchen worker has great attitude

A Knoxville restaurant hired a worker with intellectual disabilities and found out his abilities make him a great employee.

Adrian Pitts demonstrated the last step in the dish washing process, "Put it in and it starts."

He started working at Northshore Brasserie about two years ago. Co-owner Brian Balest hired him to wash dishes.

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B&W Y-12 threatens to terminate contract with security provider

B&W Y-12 threatens to terminate contract with security provider

B&W Y-12, which operates the Y-12 National Security Complex, has announced it is threatening to terminate the contract of its security provider WSI Oak Ridge after an incident just last week.

In July, the complex was the site of a break-in by protesters that led federal officials to stop all nuclear activities there. Officials cited a list of security violations that allowed the break-in to take place.

Last month, Y-12 officials put WSI on notice, asking it to explain its actions.

3 accused of breaking into Y-12 ask for trial delay

3 accused of breaking into Y-12 ask for trial delay

Three nuclear weapons protesters who are accused of breaking into the Y-12 security complex are asking for more time before their trial starts.

Michael Walli, 63, Greg Boertje-obed, 57, and Megan Rice, 82, a Catholic nun, are asking for an extentsion of their pretrial deadlines and a new, later trial date.

Attorneys for the three argue a delay is needed because of international media attention and the case's complexity.

This year's flu shots becoming available

This year's flu shots becoming available

Flu season is just around the corner, and already drug stores and doctor's offices have supplies of this year's vaccine.

The shots will be available to patients by the end of the month.

But if you get your shot now, will you be protected all season? The Centers for Disease Control says "yes."

The CDC recommends that people get their shots as soon as possible. It suggests everyone from six months old and older get a yearly vaccine.

One local flu shot clinic opens Tuesday.