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World's Longest Yardsale celebrates 25 years of bargains

World's Longest Yardsale celebrates 25 years of bargains

25 years of buying, selling, and most importantly bargaining continues this weekend in East Tennessee.

The World's Longest Yardsale stretches an impressive 690 miles in length.

Vendors line the Highway 127 corridor from five miles north of Addison, Michigan, to Gadsden, Alabama, making its way across the Cumberland Plateau in Cumberland and Fentress Counties. 

The sale got its start in Fentress County in 1987 and has continued to grow.

Most of the vendors return year after year to sell their collectibles and see old friends.

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.

Price increase for Knox Schools sporting events avoided

Supporters of Knox County athletics will not have to pay more to attend middle and high school sporting events. Officials initially sought a $1 maximum increase to cover additional insurance costs for sporting events.

District officials worked with their insurer to lower premiums, and at Wednesday's Board of Education meeting the idea was withdrawn.

Board members deferred action on construction of a new Carter Middle School gymnasium. Initial funding of $2.5 million was approved for the project, though the construction bid came in at $2.7 million.

Academy Sports and Outdoors helps kids prepare for back-to-school

One business opened its doors to help some local kids get a jump-start on the new school year.

Wednesday, Academy Sports and Outdoors gave 30 kids from the Boys and Girls Club in South Knoxville a back-to-school shopping spree.

Each kid was given a $100 gift card to buy much-needed school supplies like backpacks, shoes and gym clothes.

"We pair each kids with a personal shopper. They go around and help them pick out the backpack that they want, the shoe size that they want," said Brian Johnson.

Knox Co. Schools expands early literacy program

Administrators and teachers in Knox County are preparing for the new year. Students head back in less than two weeks, and when they do, a new early literacy program awaits.

Norwood Elementary is one of five schools to pilot an intensive reading initiative last year.

"We are sending about 90% of our first graders into second grade reading on grade level," said Beth Lackey, Principal.

Cheddars opens newest location in West Knoxville

Cheddars opens newest location in West Knoxville

Cheddars' newest East Tennessee restaurant opened Monday. It's located at Gallaher View Road and Kingston Pike in West Knoxville.

A good crowd was there for dinner Monday evening, and one customer we talked with says it was a good first experience.

"I've never seen a restaurant go up as quick as this did. I just live about five minutes from here, and I've been looking forward to coming in because of the experience I had at the Maryville restaurant, and the prices are unbelievable," said Ed Smith.

Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy's opens Tuesday

Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy's opens Tuesday

Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy's opens its doors Tuesday at 11 a.m. It will be the chain's first Knoxville location.

It's located right in front of the new Kroger Marketplace at Cedar Bluff Road and Kingston Pike.

The Austin, Texas-based chain is known for its authentic and fresh food.

Chuy's Knoxville owner promises an entertaining atmosphere and great food made from scratch daily.

The restaurant plans to hire about 170 staff members.