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Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

by Anita Wadhwani, , The Tennessean

Kids can't buy tobacco products, but in Tennessee children as young as 9 are working in tobacco fields and suffering symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning, according to a report by an international human rights group.

80 jobs will be lost at Advance Auto Parts warehouse in Anderson Co.

80 jobs will be lost at Advance Auto Parts warehouse in Anderson Co.

Around 80  people in Anderson County will lose their jobs when an Advance Auto Parts warehouse facility shuts down.

The business is located at 1485 Mountain Road in Andersonville.

According to a statement from Advance Auto Parts, the company will move its lower demand products that were housed only in the Andersonville facility to other distribution facilities around the country.

Oak Ridge officials okay next steps for Kroger Marketplace

Oak Ridge officials okay next steps for Kroger Marketplace

Oak Ridge officials have given a green light to the new Kroger Marketplace store.

This week, city council unanimously approved key actions so the $30-million dollar project can get started.

According City Manager Mark Watson, the council signed off on the concept plan for the entire 26-acre property, and approved the traffic accessibility plan.  One change adds a new traffic light.

Finally, it voted to make the roads on the site part of the property.  They will no longer be public roads.

50 years after fire, Belmont School site sees new life

50 years after fire, Belmont School site sees new life

The Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department is hard at work building a new fire hall, but you won't find construction workers on the job site.

Instead of a contractors, they're relying on men in their 60's and 70's who have a unique connection to that plot of land.

"I went to the grammar school here in 1952," said James Ridenour, 75. Andersonville's newest fire station will sit on the same site as the former Belmont Grammar School, which burned down in the 1960's.

Students get a taste of the real world in BizTown

Students get a taste of the real world in BizTown

A group of Anderson County fifth graders got a taste of the working world on Thursday.

The Junior Achievement BizTown experience is set up like a typical town, and now, it has a construction company.

Phillips and Jordan and Stowers Cat Contract Shop make up the newest BizTown business.

Students learned first hand what it takes to work in the construction industry.

Developer has plans for Oak Ridge's Alexander Inn

Developer has plans for Oak Ridge's Alexander Inn

After coming close to condemnation, developers have a plan for Oak Ridge's historic Alexander Inn.

Family Pride Corporation has applied to convert the building, also known as the "Guest House" into an assisted living center for seniors.

Historic preservation agencies have been trying to raise the funding to save the building since 2002.

Oak Ridge church votes to sell and relocate for Kroger

Oak Ridge church votes to sell and relocate for Kroger

One of the busiest intersections in Oak Ridge is prime real estate for the site of a future $30 million Kroger Marketplace.   Developers have already purchased several businesses and homes along the intersection of Illinois Avenue and the Oak Ridge Turnpike for the future construction site.