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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.

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Mayor Burchett invites the public to eat lunch with him

Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett wants you to have lunch with him once a month. After several cash mobs, now he'll meet people at a locally owned restaurant.

The first Lunch with the Mayor event is scheduled for Friday at Harby's Pizza and Deli in North Knoxville. Everyone is invited to join.

Burchett says it's all about supporting locally-owned businesses.

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.

Price increase for Knox Schools sporting events avoided

Supporters of Knox County athletics will not have to pay more to attend middle and high school sporting events. Officials initially sought a $1 maximum increase to cover additional insurance costs for sporting events.

District officials worked with their insurer to lower premiums, and at Wednesday's Board of Education meeting the idea was withdrawn.

Board members deferred action on construction of a new Carter Middle School gymnasium. Initial funding of $2.5 million was approved for the project, though the construction bid came in at $2.7 million.

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Knox Co. Schools expands early literacy program

Administrators and teachers in Knox County are preparing for the new year. Students head back in less than two weeks, and when they do, a new early literacy program awaits.

Norwood Elementary is one of five schools to pilot an intensive reading initiative last year.

"We are sending about 90% of our first graders into second grade reading on grade level," said Beth Lackey, Principal.

Cheddars opens newest location in West Knoxville

Cheddars opens newest location in West Knoxville

Cheddars' newest East Tennessee restaurant opened Monday. It's located at Gallaher View Road and Kingston Pike in West Knoxville.

A good crowd was there for dinner Monday evening, and one customer we talked with says it was a good first experience.

"I've never seen a restaurant go up as quick as this did. I just live about five minutes from here, and I've been looking forward to coming in because of the experience I had at the Maryville restaurant, and the prices are unbelievable," said Ed Smith.

Publix grand opening scheduled for Thursday

Publix grand opening scheduled for Thursday

The grand opening of the first Publix in Knoxville is set for Thursday, August 2nd at 7 a.m.

The new grocery store is located in the Northshore Town Center in West Knoxville.

The 56,000-square-foot facility contains a produce selection, bakery, deli with prepared food, a salad bar, seafood, event planning center, cafe and full-service pharmacy with a drive-thru.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 6:45 a.m.  The release stated that Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Time Burchett will speak at the event.