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Two Arrested In Theft From Habitat For Humanity
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday November 20, 2014

Crossville Police have apprehended two people accused of stealing from the Habitat for Humanity store. The arrests come after the pair was captured on security video and pictures were posted on the Crossville CrimeStoppers Facebook page. Michael Stottlemire and an under age male are accused of stealing motors for a massage table, a fireplace screen, and other building materials that were on the store’s back dock. The items were valued $100. Funds raised from the Habitat For Humanity store help build homes for people in need. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)


Gatlinburg named a top Thanksgiving travel destination
WVLT Thursday November 20, 2014

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Gatlinburg has named among the nation’s top Thanksgiving travel destinations through a survey done by TripAdvisor. Tripadvisor found that of all the Americans planning to travel, Gatlinburg ranked 8th as their destination. "Gatlinburg is situated within a days drive for most of the U.S. population and if more people are going to be driving for the Thanksgiving Holiday than flying this is a great destination for people to come to." Also with all the great shopping, 88% of the people surveyed said they're coming here for the Thanksgiving shopping deals.
Nation’s most popular Thanksgiving travel destinations:
1. New York City, NY
2. Las Vegas, NV
3. Orlando, FL
4. San Francisco, CA
5. Chicago, IL
6. New Orleans, Louisiana
7. San Diego, California
8. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
9. Key West, Florida
10. Los Angeles, California


Help for Tennessee Youth Abusing Prescripti​on Drugs
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Thursday November 20, 2014

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse is teaming up with community anti-drug coalitions across 10 East Tennessee counties, including Putnam, in an effort to reduce the number of young people who are abusing prescription drugs. To help achieve this goal, the department has secured nearly $7 million in federal grant funds to engage with young people through public awareness campaigns and prevention and enforcement efforts over a five-year period. Commissioner E. Douglas Varney said the goal is to reduce the abuse of prescription drugs by the 12- to 25-year-old age group by more than four percent. Besides Putnam, the nine other counties being targeted are Anderson, Blount, Hamilton, Jackson, Johnson, Knox, Smith, Sullivan and Washington.


Best Supporter of Small Businesses? Other Small Businesses
tn.gov Wednesday November 19, 2014

This holiday season, if you want to buy local when you shop, look no further than Mom and Pop. Small Business Saturday is Nov. 29, and independent shop owners across Tennessee will be looking for a bump in sales from consumers who support the retailers rooted in their own communities. Support from those who live and give local can produce an economic ripple effect: Tennessee’s “small batch” and artisan food makers often depend on other small businesses to sell their products to the public. Large box stores may be unable to carry many upscale local products because the producers can’t meet the retail chain’s large volume requirements. Typical independent businesses that carry local products include gift shops, florists, local wineries, food co-ops, or regional diners and restaurants. Some of these small businesses specialize in gift baskets made with Tennessee products and can ship those baskets to their recipients. Another easy way to find local products without pounding the local pavement is to visit the Taste of Tennessee Online Store at www.picktnproducts.org. To access the online store, go to the Pick Tennessee homepage click and on the Taste of Tennessee gift basket image. Shoppers can click on links and connect to a business or producer site. The products can then be purchased directly from the producer. Find farms and retail stores with local products, seasonal foods, wineries and gift baskets at www.picktnproducts.org. Follow Pick Tennessee on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.


Morgan County Deputies Make Own Repairs On Cop Cars
Kyle Warnke-WVLT/local8now.com/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday November 19, 2014

Sheriff’s deputies in Morgan County have been pulling double duty by doing repairs and maintenance on their own cop cars. This has saved the county thousands of dollars according to local8now.com. Sheriff Freytag and his crew do all their own maintenance work on their cruisers; even rebuilding engines and changing out transmissions. And thanks in part to the Sheriff’s Department’s cost saving measures, the Morgan County Commission recently budgeted for new patrol cars for the first time in six years. Sheriff Freytag hopes the new vehicles will give his deputies a break from having to also serve as their own mechanics, if only for a little while.


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