Valley News


Medicinal Marijuana Legislation Moves in Tennessee

Legalizing marijuana for medicinal use moved a step closer to reality after a Tennessee state representative introduced a bill in the state legislature. Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville) said her bill would establish regulations for people who are prescribed the drug by doctors. A key hitch in the law will be[...]

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A sharing economy across the globe

People like Joe Kraus, a partner at Google Ventures who backed car-sharing sites like RelayRides, are convinced of the upcoming ‘sharing economy’. But what is this sharing economy exactly? What is the hype about and what does it mean for upcoming businesses across the world? “The sharing economy is a[...]

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Pigeon Forge’s “The Island

Pigeon Forge’s “The Island” Opens with Success

In late June Pigeon Forge’s new attraction “The Island” opened. Over the past month, locals and tourists have been enjoying this new spot that is described as an “eat-tertainment,” a mix of food, shows, rides, and games for the whole family. Admission is free to the public, though tickets must be[...]

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Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts, Blues Traveler set to play Foothills Fall Festival

Earlier this month the country band Rascal Flatts was announced as the headlining act for the city of Maryville’s Foothills Fall Festival. Blues Traveler has also been added to the scheduled acts that include Lynard Skynard, the Black Lilies and Hillbilly Jedi. The festivals runs October 11 through 13. Tickets are $60 but will increase[...]

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Domestic abuse in eastern Tennessee

Domestic abuse in eastern Tennessee

Last week, a woman was stabbed in her East Knoxville residence. The altercation began as a verbal dispute that occurred after her boyfriend arrived home intoxicated in the early morning. After the stabbing took place, the boyfriend attempted to flee, but was apprehended after being tasered. The woman was admitted to University[...]

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Tennessee’s newest state park

Newest State Park Offers Conservation with Economic Benefits

The plan to set aside land for Tennessee’s newest state park has officially started. On July 1, over 2,000 acre of pristine forest land in the Rocky Fork area was purchased and conserved by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The forest is part of the 7,600 acres recently added to the Cherokee[...]

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Pigeon Forge police

Pigeon Forge police officers not charged over threats

The state grand jury has decided not to indict Trinity Brown, Jefferson Thigpen, and Michael Musgrove over the audio recording from a June 8th meeting of the Pigeon Forge police department. District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn and the U.S. Attorney’s office have also chosen to not prosecute the officers. The recording contains[...]

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Community Responds to Prenatal Drug Use

Ten percent of expecting women tested positive for illicit drug use in 2010 according to Le Conte Medical Center. Le Conte, along with East Tennessee’s Children’s Hospital and the Sevier Count Health Department have collaborated to form a group called MOMs, Moms on Meds. MOMs addresses the health implications of substance[...]

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Randy Travis begins difficult recovery from stroke

The country music star and Grammy winner Randy Travis continues to remain in critical condition after suffering from a stroke early in July. However, he is alert enough to visit with family, and he progressing towards recovery. The 54 year old singer has been put on a ventilator to assist his breathing.[...]

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Do mosquitoes pick favorites?

Many will attest that some individuals get bitten by mosquitoes more often. Others seem to never be bothered. Recently, the Wall Street Journal explained the science behind mosquito’s biting habits with an expert from Vanderbilt University. Certain people do get bit more. Pregnant women or individuals with more body fat are prone[...]

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