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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:

Discovery on East TN farm inspires a novel

Discovery on East TN farm inspires a novel

A discovery on her farm inspired a Roane County woman to write a book.

Her novel is true to history and East Tennessee.

The book starts with the words, "It lay where it was buried for over 100 years."

That is until one day when Tom McCracken plowed a field on the Roane County farm where he's lived with his wife, Shirley, for 40 years.

Shirley McCracken explained, "His plow turned it up. He was stopping to pick up rocks and throw them off the field and found a breastplate somewhere right in this area."

Roane Co. man climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro for Parkinson's research

Roane Co. man climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro for Parkinson's research

Last month, we told you about a Roane County native who was preparing for the climb of his life.

Roger Long was planning to summit Mount Kilimanjaro this month, raising money for Parkinson's research.

It's a fight for a cure that's personal; at 36, Long was diagnosed with the disease.

We're happy to share with you that Long made it to the top of the highest mountain in Africa!

Mt. Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet above sea level.

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."