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Fewer people visit Market Square on New Year's Eve after scaled back First Night

Fewer people visit Market Square on New Year's Eve after scaled back First Night

Downtown Knoxville businesses say they noticed a difference on New Year's Eve after the city scaled back its First Night celebrations.

Monday night, folks rung in the new year with the annual fireworks and ball drop in Market Square, but organizers cut back on other events during the day.

Businesses say while they still had high numbers, there were fewer people on Market Square.

Book by children for children celebrates 75th anniversary

Book by children for children celebrates 75th anniversary

Averi Ramsey and Taylor Benson play together in a waiting room filled with toys at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

They've spent a lot of time there.

They're both being treated for leukemia.

"I just got sick one day and and mommy..." seven year old Averi remembered. "I went to my old doctor and they told me I had to come here."

A former patient, 12 year old Jenna McMillan, wrote a book called East Tennessee from A to Z. It commemorates the 75th anniversary of the hospital.

Lawson McGhee Library holds seminar teaching about e-readers

Lawson McGhee Library holds seminar teaching about e-readers

With Black Friday only a few days away, the Knox County Library wants you to be a little more educated about e-readers.

On Monday, the library hosted a Tech Topic talking about differences between various e-readers. The seminar was designed to help people research the readers before shelling out a ton of cash for one. They also had a few e-readers on hand so that people could actually use them and see how they functioned.

The library said it's also important to look into each store's return policy.

Valarium closure creates vacancy in Knox entertainment

Valarium closure creates vacancy in Knox entertainment

An East Tennessee entertainment venue will soon close its doors, but not before the last few scheduled shows wrap.

The Valarium and Ciderhouse, near downtown Knoxville, will shut down November 25th. On the club's Facebook page, managers say they have no choice due to rule changes by the state regarding food service and the number of days they must remain open each week.

The club has hosted many concerts and events during the last several years, including many well known bands.

Organizers, volunteers prepare for Fantasy of Trees

Organizers, volunteers prepare for Fantasy of Trees

Organizers and volunteers are getting ready for next week's Fantasy of Trees. The holiday tradition has raised more than $5.7 million in its 27-year history for East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

This year they're also celebrating the 75th anniversary of the hospital. The theme is "12 Days of Christmas."

The Fantasy of Trees begins November 21 and lasts through the 25th at Knoxville Convention Center.

ETCH holds book signing for book written by and for patients

ETCH holds book signing for book written by and for patients

Folks at East Tennessee Children's Hospital rolled out the red carpet on Thursday. They held a book signing for a new book called "East Tennessee From A to Z."

A 12-year-old patient wrote the book, while current and former patients did the illustrations.

Black McCoy of Independent Insurance Consultants has sponsored the book, meaning the hospital will get all proceeds from book sales. The hospital says the money is very important for making children feel welcome in a hospital.

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

An East Tennessee cancer survivor is on a mission to help fellow cancer patients feel sassy when they cover up their head with a hat or scarf.

Samantha Garcia has endured two rounds of breast cancer.

She says she hated the feeling of being stared at when she wore a scarf to cover up her head during cancer treatments.

Garcia wants to do away with that stigma, make scarves sassy, and just support other cancer patients.

So, she and her friend started a Facebook page and received more than three hundred scarves and hats from across the county.