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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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Local leaders, activists react to Y-12 security stand down

Local leaders, activists react to Y-12 security stand down

A weekend break-in at Y-12 has prompted officials to shut down nuclear operations temporarily. As the investigation into that incident continues, both local leaders and the protesters' supporters share their reactions.

On Saturday, three demonstrators penetrated a secure area at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

The three protesters were arraigned Monday, and face charges for federal trespassing.

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.

Anderson County sheriff's deputy resigns after being arrested

Anderson County sheriff's deputy resigns after being arrested

An Anderson County Sheriff's deputy resigned from his position after Knoxville Police found him intoxicated and carrying a gun Wednesday night.

51-year-old David Bowie is charged with public intoxication and possession of a handgun while being intoxicated.

Officers arrested Bowie Wednesday night in the Target parking lot on Clinton Highway.

The Anderson County Sheriff said Bowie resigned two days later after a career spanning 15 years with the department.

The police report stated officers saw Bowie walking unsteadily and smelled alcohol on his breath.

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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.

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.

Security jobs being cut in Oak Ridge

Security jobs being cut in Oak Ridge

A government contractor will cut more than four dozen security jobs in Oak Ridge.

WSI Oak Ridge confirmed it will eliminate as many as 51 jobs over the next few months.

The company provides security for the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.