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Lonsdale church reflects 5 years after fire

Five years ago this month, fire destroyed the sanctuary at the Tennessee Avenue Baptist Church in Lonsdale, but only in the last few months, the small congregation finally returned to their original place of worship.

"We were just getting ready to have our closing prayer service when all of it happened," said Raymond Webber, recalling the August 23, 2007 day as if it was yesterday.

A faulty exhaust fan sparked the blaze that left the 25-person congregation scrambling for a new place of worship.

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Knox Co. celebrates decline in childhood obesity

Knox County held a luncheon Wednesday to honor those teachers and staff members who helped to make sure kids stay active and learn how to make healthy choices.

School officials also announced some good news when it comes to overweight students. The number of obese kids has gone down in Knox County compared to last year, and Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre says that will help them both in and out of the classroom.

"It's about our kids being healthy. It's about fighting childhood obesity," he said.

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."

Road work set to begin on Emory Rd. in Halls

Traffic in one north Knox County neighborhood could be a little tricky over the next few weeks.

Road work is set to start at the intersection of Emory Road and Andersonville Pike in the Halls community.
Monday, a pair of commissioners and Mayor Tim Burchett toured the area, and discussed the needed improvements.

Mayor Burchett said it's something people who live and work in the area have been asking for

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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.

North Knoxville burglary turns into police chase

A North Knoxville burglary turned into a police chase Friday morning.

Knoxville police responded to a burglary call on Fairway Drive after someone saw two men break into a home, leave with several bags, and get into a car with another man.

The witness followed the car.

Officers caught up with the suspects near Whittle Springs and Valley View.

After a short chase, the suspects crashed into a utility pole. Officers caught the passengers right away, then caught the driver after a short chase on foot.

The suspects face aggravated burglary charges.