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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.

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UT grad receives standing ovation during State of the Union


In his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama wished Scott Kelly, a University of Tennessee graduate, good luck as he prepares to embark on a year-long journey in space.

Kelly, who hails from Houston, Texas, was among 22 guests the White House selected to attend the State of the Union address. Kelly sat with first lady Michelle Obama and Chelsey Davis, a student from Pellissippi State Community College. Obama's well wishes to Kelly were followed by a standing ovation from Congress.

1000 foot slip-and-slide coming to Knoxville this weekend


(WBIR) A slip-and-slide that's longer than three football fields is in Knoxville this weekend.

The Slide The City event gives East Tennesseans a unique chance to cool off while going for a 1,000-foot ride.

The Knoxville event will take place Saturday June 20 outside the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum in downtown.

It costs $25 for a single slide or you can three slides for $40.

Standoff ends; 2 elementary schools taken off lockdown


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A 31-year-old Knoxville man has been arrested in Friday morning's downtown bank robbery, according to the FBI.