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Dollywood offering extended hours, discounted tickets after 5 p.m.

Dollywood offering extended hours, discounted tickets after 5 p.m.

Fans of Dollywood have something new to be excited about. Dollywood Nights keeps the park open until 10 o'clock at night.

If you can wait long enough to buy a ticket after 5 in the afternoon, it'll only be $29.

The park makes this experience a little different; you can ride attractions like Wild Eagle in the dark.

Folks we talked to are excited to take advantage of the deal.

"We can come when it's cooler and have more time for the kids and the rides and be here at night," said Karen Brown from Wellington, FL.

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Loudon Co. residents pray for safe school year

Loudon Co. residents pray for safe school year

Just days before their children return to class, a group of people in Loudon County gathered Monday to pray for a safe and fulfilling school year.

Organizers of the prayer walk in Loudon estimate around 50 people showed up.

They called on God to protect students, teachers and staff. They also asked for help taking on drug addiction in their community.

Lenoir City Utility Board to announce rate cut

Lenoir City Utility Board to announce rate cut

The Lenoir City Utility Board is scheduled to announce a rate decrease for it's customers this afternoon.

According to general manager Shannon Littleton, all customers will see a slight decrease, likely only adding up to a few dollars a year.

But he said the board's pledge not to raise rates for the next five years should be good news for customers.

Littleton said there could also be more rate reductions coming next year.

"Hopefully it's going to start adding up," said Littleton.

East Tennessee Olympian Claire Donahue advances to 100 meter butterfly finals

East Tennessee Olympian Claire Donahue advances to 100 meter butterfly finals

Update: Donahue finished 5th in the semifinals with a time of 57.42. She has qualified for the finals that will take place Sunday.

LONDON - Being awakened by fireworks Friday night didn't disturb Claire Donahue this morning.

The 23-year-old from Lenoir City, Tenn., advanced to semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly at the Olympic Games. Donahue's time of 58.06 seconds ranks seventh out of the 16 swimmers who advanced.

Donahue, a Western Kentucky graduate, was sleeping in the Olympic Village until the sound of fireworks from the opening ceremony awakened her.

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Grainger Co. Tomato Festival underway in Rutledge

Grainger Co. Tomato Festival underway in Rutledge

Farmers arrived at the campus of Rutledge Elementary and Middle School long before sunrise Friday to begin setting up for the annual Grainger County Tomato Festival.

The festival officially got underway for the public at noon Friday when farmers and vendors began selling produce for the "early shopping" period.  The festival gets into full swing Friday night with live music at the Grainger County Opree.

The festival runs through late Sunday afternoon.

Lenoir City sends love and support to local Olympian Claire Donahue

Lenoir City sends love and support to local Olympian Claire Donahue

Lenoir City native Claire Donahue will compete in the Olympics swimming competitions this weekend, and her hometown wants to make sure she knows they'll be watching and cheering her on.

Some of her friends shot a video montage this afternoon in Lenoir City to show their support and hometown pride.

They are going to send it to her in London.