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Maryville man arrested in connection with slew of burglaries

Maryville man arrested in connection with slew of burglaries

A man accused in at least 27 burglaries is now behind bars.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office arrested 35-year-old Tony Edwin McClurg Wednesday morning following a search warrant at his Maryville home.

The sheriff's office says inside officials found several stolen items including firearms, electronics and power tools, all connected to a series of Blount County burglaries.

Officers also found drugs inside the home.

McClurg is facing several theft and drug possession charges.

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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."

Alcoa football looks ahead to new stadium

Alcoa football looks ahead to new stadium

When Alcoa High School Football takes to the field in 2015 Head Coach Gary Rankin hopes to have them walk out on to the nicest stadium in Tennessee.

A half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters on Thursday will fund the renovations.

There's nothing fancy about hard work, and Alcoa puts in plenty during their preseason.

But players and coaches alike are ready to have their facility reflect the prestige of their program.

Alcoa passes half-cent sales tax increase

Alcoa passes half-cent sales tax increase

Alcoa has approved a half-cent sales tax increase to fund a new high school.

The final vote count was 1,018 votes for the increase, 267 votes against.

The money generated from the tax increase will go toward building a new $29 million high school.

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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.

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.