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Banner file photo, PATRICK MacCOON

FOOTBALL is back for Cleveland, which will take on Rhea County in the season opener for the second year in a row. The Blue Raiders will be trying to stop a new triple-option attack on their home turf, as they face the Golden Eagles at Benny Monroe Stadium on Friday night.

Banner file photo, PATRICK MacCOON

BRADLEY CENTRAL defenders Camden Creighton (16) and Kins Hooper (38) will have their hands full against 2016 state champion Farragut to open the new gridiron campaign in Knoxville on Friday evening.

From Bears ready to face Farragut   |   8/16/18

Banner photo, RICHARD ROBERTS

POLK COUNTY running back Eddie Lamb (35) carries for a gain against Loudon, during a preseason scrimmage in Benton. The Wildcats open the season against county rival Copper Basin at home on Friday.

Banner photo, PATRICK MacCOON

CLEVELAND HIGH freshman Hannah Nall continued her strong inaugural prep season Wednesday with a 2-over-par 38 at Chatata Valley, tying for low-medalist honors with Bradley Central sophomore Lauren Baker.

Banner photo. JOE CANNON

BRADLEY CENTRAL sophomore JT McKenzie fired a 1-under-par 35 on the Chatata Valley front nine Wednesday, to earn low medalist honors and help the Bears to victory in a three-way county match.

Banner photo, LYNNAE ROBERTS

BEARETTES OUTSIDE HITTER Kierstyn Viola goes for the point against two East Hamilton blockers in "the Jim" Thursday, at Bradley Central.

Banner photo, LARRY C. BOWERS

CHURCH MEMBERS, left, were talking photos of the burned Mercy Tabernacle Church sanctuary Wednesday morning. The early morning fire destroyed the sanctuary, the attached offices, and the nearby fellowship hall/kitchen. The State Fire Marshal's Office will be investigating the fire.

From Church arson possible   |   8/16/18

Banner photo, LARRY C. BOWERS

TWO MERCY TABERNACLE church members stand in front of the destroyed sanctuary Wednesday, as Associate Pastor Scott Hembree walks toward the nearby home of Senior Pastor John McCann. The church campus was completely destroyed by fire early Wednesday.

From Church arson possible   |   8/16/18

Banner photo, LARRY C. BOWERS

A PRAYER REQUEST drop-off container stands solemnly in front of the destroyed Mercy Tabernacle Church in Benton on Wednesday morning. The church's three buildings (sanctuary, offices, and fellowship hall) were devastated by the fire, which was first detected around 2 a.m. in the morning. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

From Church arson possible   |   8/16/18

Banner photo, DANIEL GUY

BRADLEY WILLIAMS, president of Holston United Methodist Home for Children, speaks during the benefit luncheon on Wednesday about the individual lives of children the staff of HUMHC have been fortunate enough to impact.

From Cancer survivor describes AT hike   |   8/16/18

Banner photo, DANIEL GUY

RETIRED educator and coach Steve Millsaps speaks about the journey he has taken since 2014, surviving cancer, divorce and re-evaluating his legacy as a person, through his talk titled "Friends, Trail Angels & Others." His talk included his account of hiking the Appalachian Trail after his battle with cancer.

From Cancer survivor describes AT hike   |   8/16/18

Banner photo, DANIEL GUY

BRYAN JACKSON, board of trustees chair for Holston United Methodist Home for Children, introduces special guest speaker, Steve Millsaps, at the Holston United Methodist Home for Children benefit luncheon.

From Cancer survivor describes AT hike   |   8/16/18

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