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UT honors fallen soldiers for a Day of Rememberance

UT honors fallen soldiers for a Day of Rememberance

UT students, staff and veterans read off the names of 6,632 soldiers, who were killed in action since 2001, on campus Monday.

The reading of names began at 8:30 Monday morning.  All day people stopped to listen to the readings, until the ceremony ended at 6:30 that night.

This is the second year UT veterans and the university have read the names as a way to honor our military men and women.

Event organizer and veteran Douglas Oeser said it was a great way to honor veteran's service and sacrifice.

Free flags help Knoxville parade Veterans Day patriotism

Free flags help Knoxville parade Veterans Day patriotism

Pageantry and patriotism filled the streets of Downtown Knoxville on Friday morning for the 87th annual Veterans Day Parade.  The festivities featured a huge United States of America flag over Gay Street.

The biggest boon for the banner of freedom during the parade came from some smaller boots on the ground.  Willmae Brown, a petite commander for the Disabled Veterans Auxiliary, truly carried the flag for veterans by walking down the sidewalk distributing free flags.

East Tennesseans honor veterans leading up to Veterans Day

East Tennesseans honor veterans leading up to Veterans Day

Although Veterans Day is on Sunday, on Thursday in Oak Ridge the Department of Energy paid tribute to our nation's veterans.

"All those veterans who was a part of this great institution and the freedom that we share, I salute them," said Freddie Owens.

Vietnam War veteran Freddie Owens served as Thursday's featured speaker. He has received nearly a dozen military decorations.

WDVX celebrates 15 years as Knoxville music icon

WDVX celebrates 15 years as Knoxville music icon

Monday marked the 15th birthday for listener-supported radio station WDVX.  The iconic bluegrass and Americana station has played a vital part in strengthening the live music scene in East Tennessee and sharing our musical roots with a worldwide audience.

UT men's basketball season tips off by helping kids in need

UT men's basketball season tips off by helping kids in need

The UT men's basketball season tipped off on Monday by helping those in need.

Vol fans got into the home opener for free if they donated a new, unwrapped toy to the Mission of Hope. The toys will be delivered to children in need in rural Appalachia this holiday season.

"We try to go to about 27 schools and 17,000 children that without this they probably would not have Christmas at all," said David Burnett, a volunteer with Mission of Hope.

American Red Cross hosts fundraiser in Knoxville Monday

American Red Cross hosts fundraiser in Knoxville Monday

The American Red Cross is hosting a Hurricane Sandy recovery effort fundraiser at its West Knoxville location on Monday.

The fundraiser drive-thru will be open from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm at its location on 6921 Middlebrook Pike.

The organization is asking for people to drop off monetary donations only.

Some local celebrities will make stops at the drive-thru. The Knoxville Ice Bears' hockey players are scheduled to drop by around 2:00 pm. Pro Bass Master Ott DeFoe will visit with people from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm.

By ground or air, patrols monitor trick-or-treaters

On this Halloween, law enforcement hit the streets and the air to make sure trick-or-treaters were safe.

"We're looking for pedestrian traffic. The safety for those people," said KPD Officer Shawn Shreve, as he patrolled the streets of East Knoxville Wednesday. He said KPD was treating Wednesday like a holiday, with patrols focusing on two things: pedestrians and an increase in cars on the road.

"Most of the time you have kids running away from their parents. They start following some friends who thought are in their party," Officer Shreve added.