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Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

Report: Tobacco fields poisoning kids

by Anita Wadhwani, , The Tennessean

Kids can't buy tobacco products, but in Tennessee children as young as 9 are working in tobacco fields and suffering symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning, according to a report by an international human rights group.

Sweetwater encourages customers to "Buy American"

Sweetwater encourages customers to "Buy American"

An East Tennessee town will officially kick off a campaign November 1 that encourages residents to "Buy American".

The Sweetwater Merchants and Property Association teamed with the Town of Sweetwater to get businesses in the area to put American-made products front-and-center in their stores.

Twenty-eight businesses have signed on to be a part of the campaign. Sweetwater Mayor Doyle Lowe said he believes the campaign would entice many people in the area.

Pastry baker started her career in Animal Science

Pastry baker started her career in Animal Science

She always loved to bake but it wasn't her first career path.

"I intended to be a veterinarian. Exotic animals is what I was in to," Anissa Shull said.

She earned a degree in Animal Science but working in that field wasn't fulfilling. So she made her way into culinary school and met her husband stuart along the way.

"We've been here for about ten years now, exactly, and we can't imagine being anywhere else. It really suits us, it called to us," she said.

Tellico Plains KOA won't be rebuilt after EF-2 tornado

Tellico Plains KOA won't be rebuilt after EF-2 tornado

A popular Monroe County campground will not be rebuilt after it was destroyed by a tornado this spring.

Tellico Plains KOA found itself in the path of an EF-2 tornado March 2.  That storm damaged more than 30 homes. 

The campground, which is owned by the Stokely Company of Knoxville, annually brought Monroe County more than $5,000 in lodging tax revenue, according to Tellico Plains Mayor Patrick Hawkins.

The Stokely Company released this statement on its decision July 30: