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Biscuit Festival to expand, add companion event


(WBIR - Knoxville) What's more southern than a piping hot biscuit? Each year, Knoxville celebrates the flaky favorite with the International Biscuit Festival in downtown Knoxville.

2015 is going to be a big year for the International Biscuit Festival, now in it's sixth year. On January 29, "Biscuit Boss" John Craig announced plans for expanding the festival to add more days and a companion event in March of 2015.

First of nearly 250 new signs going up in downtown Knoxville


The City of Knoxville installed the first of nearly 250 signs, designed to help people find their way around downtown Knoxville.

The signs guide drivers and pedestrians around downtown, highlighting public parking, historical sites, cultural attractions, districts like the Old City, government building, hospitals, and more.

The new signs will replace about 400 existing signs. Eighty percent of the $1.2 million project was federally funded.

KPD host blood drive for officer battling cancer


The Knoxville Police Department is asking for blood donations Thursday to help an officer battling cancer.

Captain Jeff Stiles has been battling cancer since May 2014. Stiles is currently in Nashville where he's receiving daily treatments.

The blood drive is at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Ballroom until 6 p.m., and you can park for free.

All blood types are needed.


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Sports-themed hookah lounge opens near UT campus


(WBIR) A new hookah lounge with an interesting twist has opened near the UT campus.

GameDay Hookah Lounge has a sports bar-like atmosphere instead of the traditional Middle Eastern flair.

Presidential shout out shines light on UT space program


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(WBIR-University of Tennessee) Captain Scott Kelly is planning to go up to space in March for a year-long mission inside the International Space Station. Certainly, that is a long way home, from where he received part of his education at the University of Tennessee's Space Institute in Tullahoma.

California bull brought to UT for lifesaving surgery


(WBIR) Doctors at the University of Tennessee performed surgery Wednesday to try and save the life of a young bull.

One-year-old Dudley had his leg amputated by surgeons at UT's Large Animal Hospital. He was brought from California after being referred to doctors at UT.

Doctors said it was a life threatening injury for the bull, but not every animal is able to receive the care.

Surgeons said it depends on the condition of the limb and more importantly the ability of the caretakers.