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Betty Jean Sawicki

Betty Jean Sawicki, age 86, of Oak Ridge, died Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Park West Medical Center in Knoxville. She was born Jan. 21, 1926, in Knoxville, the daughter of Alexas M. and Osa Cox Graham. Mrs. Sawicki was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed sewing and making dolls. Mrs. Sawicki [...]

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You can register to vote now thru Monday, October 8.

If you are not registered by Oct. 8 you will not be able to vote for the Presidential and State General Election scheduled for November 6.

Early Voting starts Octoctober 17 and ends November 1.

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Clinton man dies while walking on Fla. beach

Clinton man dies while walking on Fla. beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Deputies say a Tennessee man collapsed while walking in rough surf along Panama City Beach and later died at a hospital.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 68-year-old Ronald Anderson of Clinton, Tenn. They say he was walking in the surf Tuesday when he fell face first into the water.

The News Herald of Panama City reports witnesses helped pull him to shore when he didn't get up.

Sheriff's officials say double red flags were posted at the beach on Tuesday because of hazardous swimming conditions.

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.

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.

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.

Officer saves choking father at North Clinton Elementary

Officer saves choking father at North Clinton Elementary

A Clinton police officer is getting a lot of praise -- and a lot of ribbing -- these days.

"Everybody else has been giving me a hard time about it, but, at that time, it wasn't a big deal to me," Officer Anthony Griffin said. "It's still not a big deal to me. I mean, it's part of the job."

On Monday, Officer Griffin and his partner were on a routine walk-through at North Clinton Elementary School.

It was lunchtime, and Tracy Bellow was eating a meal with his 7-year-old son, Chase.