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Haslam, McMinn Co. mayor return from Japan trip

Governor Bill Haslam returned to Tennessee Saturday after taking his first trip to Japan as governor.

Haslam went to Japan as a part of the Southeast U.S./Japan Association. The group, which includes governors and local officials from other southeastern states like Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina, meets with Japanese business leaders to discuss potential partnerships and opportunity.

The meetings have taken place for 35 years, each one swapping between locations in Tokyo, Japan and Mississippi.

Fallen Marine's jersey honored at Sequoyah game

Fallen Marine's jersey honored at Sequoyah game

The high school where a fallen Monroe County marine graduated from set aside this Friday night to retire his football jersey.

Lance Corporal Frankie Watson played four years as a wide receiver for the Sequoyah High School Chiefs.

The 2008 graduate's #7 jersey will now proudly hang in the lobby of the school's gymnasium. Watson was the last to wear that jersey after the end of the 2007 season.

"Frankie was the type of young man that did whatever he was asked to, he gave everything he had," said the school's principal Maurice Moser.

Potholders don't have to be square

Potholders don't have to be square

An East Tennessee woman takes sewing to heart in the shape of potholders.

When Dee Bowes started making potholders she quickly decided on an unconventional shape.

"Squares really have no shape at all. Hearts are a lot better and people can relate to those," she said.

She relates to heart shaped potholders and quickly found a market for them. She set up a facebook page and sells them at shops in Tellico Plains.

McMinn Central football player battles disease

McMinn Central football player battles disease

Dylan Cochran has a lot more on his mind than just victory on the field. 

His ordeal began last year when went to the doctor with a suspected concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit. But doctors had a much more serious diagnosis for the 17-year-old.

A disease called Adreoleukodystrophy (ALD) threatens to disable him.

Now his family is hoping a bone marrow transplant will help keep him on the field.

As one of McMinn Central Football's kickers, he's got to be cool under pressure, but not even his illness seems to rattle him.

State to honor teens killed by drunk driver in Athens

State to honor teens killed by drunk driver in Athens

This week, state leaders will honor two East Tennessee teenagers and their friend who were all killed by a drunk driver.

The crash happened four years ago, in July of 2008 along Highway 305 in Athens.

17-year-old Racheal Slade and 16-year-old John Daugherty died. Their friend, Shane Standridge, survived but died this year from his injuries.

The state says it will announce details on an upcoming sobriety checkpoint in memory of the three young people. That announcement is set for Wednesday at the McMinn County Sheriff's Department.

Monroe Co. Marine returns to East Tennessee

Monroe Co. Marine returns to East Tennessee

An East Tennessee Marine is home after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan. Private First Class Kyle Day returned to his Monroe County home Friday evening, where he was greeted by family and friends.

"I feel good. Finally, to see me friends and family - it's really nice. Very relaxing," he said.

His grandmother, Ginger Day, said she is thrilled he made it back to Tennessee safely.

"It's so good to welcome them home under good circumstances. But never, ever forgetting that some came home in a different way, gave it their all," she said.

HomeGrown: Jeff Joslin, Actor

HomeGrown: Jeff Joslin, Actor

This summer, Jeff Joslin made it to the big screen.

"I play Tyler Perry's boss. I'm a federal prosecutor."

You could say he's come a long way from Cedar Bluff Elementary.

"We did the play "Rumpelstiltskin" and I had one line."

That was Joslin's first brush with acting, but, back then, he was more interested in sports.

"At age 6, I started playing football and that's all I wanted to do. I wanted to be a professional athlete."