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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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Sheriff: No foul play in Little Pigeon River death

Sheriff: No foul play in Little Pigeon River death

A spokesperson with the Sevier County Sheriff's Department says a North Carolina man died after jumping from a bridge over the Little Pigeon River into the rocky shallow waters.

In a press release, an autopsy was completed at the U.T. Forensics Center ruling out foul play in the death of David A. Cook, 56-years-old, of Salisbury, NC.

Authorities say the victim's Dodge van was also found nearby.

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Sevier County sheriff's detectives are investigating a death after a body was found in the Little Pigeon River.

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.

Hospital, school district team up to prevent concussions

Hospital, school district team up to prevent concussions

High school football season is just weeks away, and Monday marked the first day of practice in pads for many schools. However, those added layers mean teams are increasing the level of rough play, and the possible injuries that could follow.

LeConte Medical Center and the Sevier County School District are working together to prevent concussions in students athletes, by paying special attention to athletic equipment and student health.

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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.

Gatlinburg makes progress on beautification project

Gatlinburg makes progress on beautification project

Gatlinburg continues to make progress on a project to make the city more beautiful nearly 20 years after it started. The project dates back to 1992 when workers began putting power lines underground.

Crews have been putting electrical, telephone and cable lines underground to keep utility poles and lines off the Parkway. There are also brand new planters, benches and trash cans.

The city now says the section of the Parkway from the Gatlinburg Convention Center to the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park includes those upgraded features.