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Anderson Co. court records saved after storm

Anderson Co. court records saved after storm

The Anderson County Courthouse was able to salvage nearly all of its records following flooding during a recent storm.

The storm in early July filled the records room with a half-inch of water. The water leaked in because the courthouse roof was undergoing renovations.

Now, County Budget Director Chris Phillips says they only had to send two boxes of old records for repair.

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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.

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Scientist Dr. Zacharia discusses industry, move to Qatar

Scientist Dr. Zacharia discusses industry, move to Qatar

The scientist regarded as the person responsible for making the Oak Ridge National Laboratory the world's center for high performance computing is leaving.

"I'd like to thank East Tennessee for the blessings we have enjoyed here," he said. 

Dr. Thomas Zacharia has been appointed executive vice president of research and development for the Qatar Foundation. He'll be promoting and advancing the organization's research initiatives.

He says he's excited about his future and the future of his field.

Anderson County elects Terry Frank as mayor

Anderson County elects Terry Frank as mayor

Anderson County has a new mayor.

Voters selected Terry Frank for the county's top job.  She defeated Warren Gooch in Thursday night's election.

Frank got 7074 votes.  Gooch collected 5032 votes.

"We've had hundreds of volunteers and contributors in this campaign and I'm eternally grateful to them.  I know if we can move forward we can all move Anderson County forward," Gooch said while greeting supporters at the Market House Restaurant in Oak Ridge.

Trial set for Y-12 invaders; judge questions detainment

Trial set for Y-12 invaders; judge questions detainment

Three nuclear weapons protestors accused of breaking into Y-12 in Oak Ridge last weekend are now set to stand trial on October 9.  A federal magistrate set the trial date during a Thursday afternoon hearing in Downtown Knoxville.