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Vol and Gator fans compete in a blood drive

Vol and Gator fans compete in a blood drive

Tennessee's big game against the Florida Gators kicks off Saturday, September 15th, but the field won't be the only place for competition during this year's rivalry.

Vol fans take on Gator fans to see who can donate the most blood starting Monday, September 10 and lasting until Friday, September 14.  This is the seventh year of the competition.  

The blood drive in East Tennessee will be at Medic Regional Blood Center, while University of Florida fans will donate at LifeSouth Blood Center out of Gainesville.

TVA kicks off fundraising campaign

TVA kicks off fundraising campaign

A campaign that helps dozens of East Tennessee organizations kicked off Wednesday. It's TVA's annual Smoky Mountain Region Combined Federal Campaign.

"It's important, especially as federal employees. One thing we do every day is support our community and our nation, and this is yet another way we can also take our fortune and share it with those in need," said Colonel Tim Cathcart.

Through this effort, all federal employees across the region can give back to various charitable organizations. Those organizations range from local to global.

HomeGrown: Dee Haslam, RIVR Media CEO & Founder

HomeGrown: Dee Haslam, RIVR Media CEO & Founder

"I feel like I'm the shoe-maker's daughter. You just do what your dad did."

As CEO of RIVR Media, Dee Bagwell Haslam has certainly lived up to the family name. And there are dozens of Emmy-award winning shows on cable to prove it.

"RIVR Media has just a wonderful group of creative, fun people and it just makes waking up everyday and coming to work a great thing to do."

Dee got her first taste of television at a very young age.

Run raises thousands for low-income kidney patients

Run raises thousands for low-income kidney patients

More than 300 racers ran on Gay Street on Saturday morning.

It's part of the 6K fun run and 2K walk to benefit the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation.

Runners raced through Downtown Knoxville to raise money for low income patients who have kidney disease.

Officials say the money will help provide transportation for those patients who can't afford to get to their dialysis treatments.

It's Football Time in Tennessee!

It's Football Time in Tennessee!

 

It's the day Vol fans have been waiting for, the start of the 2012 football season.    

It's been a long offseason for the team having to dwell on a loss to Kentucky for the last eight months.

But today the Vols open up the season against NC State.

The arrived in Atlanta yesterday afternoon.

This is the first time in 73 years that the team has played a regular season game on a Friday.

The Vols will take on the Wolfpack tonight at the Georgia Dome at 7:30 p.m.

The game will be aired on ESPU-U.

Boys and Girls Club says thanks at "Quacker Backer Bash"

Boys and Girls Club says thanks at "Quacker Backer Bash"

The Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley held a "Quacker Backer Bash" at the Sunsphere in Downtown Knoxville Thursday.

The event was a special thank you to all of its supporters for the upcoming Great Tennessee Valley Rubber Duck Race.

"I hope everyone goes away knowing that the Boys and Girls Club appreciates their efforts and their support of this event and the Boys and Girls Club, and also that they can go out and get more motivated to get more ducks adopted the next few days," said Ernie Brooks.

Downtown YMCA closed to replace damaged basketball floor

Downtown YMCA closed to replace damaged basketball floor

A piece of history at the downtown Knoxville YMCA is now a thing of the past.

Thursday, the facility closed as crews began removing the floor of the basketball court and replacing it.

The floor was damaged back in May, when a chunk of the ceiling on the third floor collapsed and ruptured a sprinkler system.

Managers say the 83-year-old floor has seen a lot of use over the years.