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An Open Message to Senator Lamar Alexander

An Open Message to Senator Lamar Alexander

Senator, your nation needs you.

The message sent by Tuesday night’s election is not completely clear but one thing is obvious.  The voters did not reward gridlock. The American people want their leaders to get something done. Soon.

HomeGrown: Sen. Lamar Alexander

"I'm not a Senator from Tennessee, I'm a Senator of Tennessee."

Senator Lamar Alexander is not only a familiar name in Tennessee politics, but across the country. 

"I feel lucky to be doing what I'm doing."

The Maryville native has certainly come a long way.

"I was a little mischievous."

Alexander got his first library card at age three. A year later, he started taking piano lessons at Maryville College. He practiced every morning before school after his paper deliveries.

East Tennessee Zumba team reaches for top prize

East Tennessee Zumba team reaches for top prize

East Tennessee Zumba instructors know how to dance.

In fact, their original choreography landed them in the top ten in an international competition where they hope to bring home the top prize.

They call themselves the Hard Knox Crew: Shanie Marshall, Paulette Ray, Jen Celeste, Liz Harding, Kay Houser and Gabbie McConkey.

They are Zumba instructors mostly from East Tennessee.

Register to Vote!

Register to Vote!

You can register to vote now thru Monday, October 8.

If you are not registered by Oct. 8 you will not be able to vote for the Presidential and State General Election scheduled for November 6.

Early Voting starts Octoctober 17 and ends November 1.

Here's a couple handy links:

Zaxby's raising money for Kaliszewski family Thursday evening

Zaxby's raising money for Kaliszewski family Thursday evening

Thursday evening, a Seymour store is giving back to the family of Courteney Kaliszewski, the teen killed earlier this month in a church van accident.

16-year-old Kaliszewski and 45-year-old Jeff Trussell died when an SUV hit their van carrying 12 people head-on. Several others were hurt.

Friends to hold memorial ride for McMinn Co. firefighter

Friends to hold memorial ride for McMinn Co. firefighter

Friends will remember an EMT and firefighter who was in an ATV crash with a memorial ride on Saturday.

22-year-old Zach Shultz was driving one of two ATVs involved in an accident in McMinn County back in December.

Saturday friends will hold the first annual Zach Shultz Memorial Ride. It's an effort to raise money to help with ongoing debt from his funeral expenses. Motorcycles, ATVs and bicycles are all allowed.

Registration for the ride begins at 10 a.m. at the Athens Regional Park. It costs $20.

Monroe Co. authorities searching for missing teenager

Monroe Co. authorities searching for missing teenager

Deputies in Monroe County are using every resource they have to bring home a missing teenager.

18-year-old Tucker Wells has been missing since September 11. Authorities say he does not have a car, his ID or his wallet.

He's around 5'7" and weighs 140 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's department at (585) 753-4178.