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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.

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Back to school means many changes in Maryville City Schools

Back to school means many changes in Maryville City Schools

It's been a busy summer for Maryville City Schools: remodeling, opening a new school, and reorganizing its grade structure.

Wednesday, students and teachers tested it out on their first day day back from summer vacation.

The grade reorganization centers around a new intermediate school, Coulter Grove. $26 million and four years later, Maryville City Schools has a state of the art facility to house 750 fourth through seventh graders.

Update: Evacuation lifted following Alcoa armed standoff

Update: Evacuation lifted following Alcoa armed standoff

About a dozen houses in the Watt Street neighborhood were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon during a tense standoff in Alcoa.

"The only thing I can think of is 'I gotta leave the premises, what's
happening?,' " Alcoa resident Pierre Cummings said. His house is across the street from the home where Michael Pidgeon, 56,  barricaded himself inside his home with a
weapon.

Residents meet politicians at barbecue days before primary election

Residents meet politicians at barbecue days before primary election

With the Primary Election Day just two days away, East Tennesseans got to know some of their elected officials at an event Tuesday.

More than 30 politicians were on hand to mingle with people at the first ever Pigs and Politics Barbecue.

The event was a chance for Blount County residents to get more acquainted with politicians on a state and local level, with no speeches allowed.

Those in attendance say the relaxed atmosphere was helpful.

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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.

Blount Memorial Hospital celebrating 65 years

Blount Memorial Hospital celebrating 65 years

A local hospital is celebrating a medical milestone.

On July 24th, 1947, Blount Memorial Hospital first opened its doors. 

Now, 65 years later, the hospital is looking back on all the work it took to make Blount Memorial a reality-- three years of planning, and an effort from the entire Blount County community.