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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.

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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.

Woman fired by UT gets to pursue Sabbath complaint

Woman fired by UT gets to pursue Sabbath complaint

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit by a Seventh Day Adventist who claims she was unfairly fired by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville because she refused to work on her Sabbath.

The ruling from a panel of judges for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was issued Tuesday in Cincinnati in favor of Kimberly Crider. The opinion says a lower court incorrectly dismissed the case when it should have explored whether UT could have accommodated Crider's religious beliefs without undue hardship for the university.

Power outage closes stores at Knoxville Center Mall

Widespread power outage issues have closed down several stores inside Knoxville Center Mall.

The mall says it's called in electricians and other to try to correct the problem.

It started Monday, and although the anchor stores like Belk and JC Penney had power, many smaller stores did not.

Mall security says some stores have stayed open, but only for browsers. No sales could take place.

There's no word on when power will be restored.

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