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The Tennessee Volunteers opened a training camp today (Friday) with a roster that features a 32-man recruiting class ranked among the top five in the nation. Many newcomers will have prominent roles as the Vols attempt to end a string of four straight losing seasons. Coach Butch Jones welcomes fans to attend an August 16 practice at Neyland stadium in order to let his team experience game-like situations. Before their Aug. 31 season opener with Utah State, Jones must decide on a starting quarterback.
Crossville will be one of 8 stops highlighted by 12 bloggers handpicked by GMC to share their experiences along the route of the World’s Longest Yard Sale next week. The blogger teams will be gathering as many treasures they can fit into their Yukon XL vehicles and use the items to decorate a new Habitat for Humanity home at the end of their route. The caravan will begin its journey from the southern point of the yard sale in Tennessee, travelling northbound on Highway 127, and stopping in Crossville, where the 6 teams of 2 bloggers will be on the hunt for every day household items. The journey will end in Ohio. The Habitat families are scheduled to take ownership of their new homes on Sunday, August 10th, but will be surprised when they realize the interior has been decorated by the items the bloggers have collected on their journey.
Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are continuing to piece together what exactly happened at the Sugar Shack bar and package store in Pickett County. Authorities were called to the scene Thursday after 2 bodies were found dead in the Byrdstown establishment. Officials with the TBI say the victims have not been positively identified at this time, and ask anyone with any information about this crime call agents at (800) TBI-FIND
The eighth annual Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday is officially on now through midnight on Sunday. Shoppers can take advantage of the tax free status on many items of clothing, school and art supplies and computer purchases. Find a complete list of tax exempt items at tntaxholiday.com
Authorities in Grundy County have been busy the past two days harvesting and eradicating an estimated $3.7 million dollars’ worth of marijuana plants. As of late Thursday afternoon about 37,000 plants had been found spread out over the property, many with reservoirs to hold water to hydrate them. An electric generator was used to run a pump to fill the reservoirs. Authorities say it is the largest-ever seizure on a single piece of property in Grundy County.