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Firefighters raise money to help pay family's medical expenses


(WBIR) Knoxville Firefighters spent Saturday afternoon helping support a member of their family.

KFD held a barbecue fundraiser outside their downtown headquarters in hopes of raising money to help pay medical expenses for the family of Captain Frank Mallory.

Mallory's 15-year-old daughter, Brooke, has autism and has been undergoing monthly blood plasma treatments in New Jersey and Florida.

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Knoxville theatre gets $30K grant to help veterans


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee arts organizations are receiving more than $995,000 in the National Endowment for the Arts' latest round of giving.

According to the endowment, more than $750,000 will go to the Tennessee Arts Commission to support partnership activities.

Friends of the Cumberland Trail in Caryville is receiving $35,000 for a folk arts project, while the Carpetbag Theatre in Knoxville is receiving $30,000 to support a project for veterans and their families.

Knoxville looking to upgrade Gay Street


The City of Knoxville wants input on redeveloping part of downtown.

The city is looking at upgrading the 700 block of South Gay Street beginning in 2015.

The block has not been upgraded in 20 years. The streetscapes work estimated at $800,000 would repair sidewalks, plant trees as well as several other improvements.

The city is holding a public meeting at the East Tennessee History Center next Tuesday at 5:30.


Tax benefits approved for Farragut Hotel


Plans to restore an almost 100-year-old hotel in Downtown Knoxville are moving forward. Developers want to turn

the now vacant Farragut Hotel back into 190-room hotel.

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Discussions over Cuonzo's move continue


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Fans are still talking about the news that Cuonzo Martin is trading orange for Blue and Gold. They're debating about how he left and whether this is a good or bad thing for the Vols.

TODAY: Justice Scalia to lecture at UT


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is speaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

According to the school, Scalia will present the College of Law's annual Rose Lecture at noon on Tuesday.

The event is open to law students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the campus community. Members of the federal, state and local judiciary also may attend.

Tailgaters warmed up for football season


Every good football game has tradition and in Big Orange Country, this includes tailgating.

When you think tailgating, you think of sitting out before the game, and enjoying some barbecue. In Big Orange Country, that's only the beginning.

"We are setting up for football time in Tennessee. We are 141 days away from football time in Tennessee," said Vols fan Clint Cunningham.

These tailgates are full of tradition. Some as tough as showing up as early as possible. Some as easy as a fish fry.