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Publix grand opening scheduled for Thursday

Publix grand opening scheduled for Thursday

The grand opening of the first Publix in Knoxville is set for Thursday, August 2nd at 7 a.m.

The new grocery store is located in the Northshore Town Center in West Knoxville.

The 56,000-square-foot facility contains a produce selection, bakery, deli with prepared food, a salad bar, seafood, event planning center, cafe and full-service pharmacy with a drive-thru.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 6:45 a.m.  The release stated that Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Time Burchett will speak at the event.

McGhee Tyson Airport celebrates historic flight

McGhee Tyson Airport celebrates historic flight

McGhee Tyson Airport celebrated the 75th anniversary of the first commercial flight to land at its Blount County location Sunday.

According to airport spokesperson, Becky Huckaby, an American Airlines Stinson TriMotor traveled to the airport July 29, 1937.  She said it was capable of carrying 10 passengers.

Turkey Creek Public Market closes

Turkey Creek Public Market closes

Just 11 months into its opening, the Turkey Creek Public Market closed its doors to the public Sunday.

"It's been very profitable for us. We've also learned (a lot)," said Retta Gregg, who owns and works for local dried foods company Tennessee Tastes. It is just one of the hundreds of vendors at the West Knox County venue.

More than 450 vendors took advantage of the marketplace, following a two-year, $8 million renovation. The site was the former Outlet Mall.

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.

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.

New fast casual restaurant opens in Bearden

New fast casual restaurant opens in Bearden

Simple and fresh, that's the mission of a new restaurant in Knoxville.

Zoe's Kitchen opened Thursday in Bearden Hill.

The Alabama-based chain caters to people on-the-go and to families. The concept started in 1995 with the aim of offering fresh, fast casual food.

Zoe's Kitchen says it has an array of options.

"Salads, wraps, pitas, we have a phenomenal dinner menu with steak kabobs, salmon kabobs, chicken kabobs. We make our own hummus as an appetizer with free-squeezed lemon juice," said Tyre Stuckey.

Plans to develop Knoxville's south waterfront move forward

Development plans for Knoxville's south waterfront are moving forward. The city council passed a resolution Tuesday giving Mayor Rogero the authority to build a permanent greenway and the Cityview Riverwalk Extension.

The riverwalk extension would move west of the current cityview at Riverwalk Condos, then go south toward Blount Avenue. The condos sit on the south waterfront next to the Henley Bridge.

This is all part of the South Waterfront Vision Plan.

TDOT awarded the city more than $600,000 in August of 2009 for use on the south waterfront.