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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.

City plans changes to "First Night" celebration

A few changes are coming to an annual Knoxville holiday tradition. City organizers plan to scale back parts of the city's annual New Year's Eve celebration "First Night Knoxville."

Knoxville Director of Special Events Judith Foltz said many favorite features like the ball drop and fireworks will continue this year, but the admission "buttons" fee and some other events will not.

She explained, as the downtown area continues to grow and thrive, many business have begun throwing their own parties and New Year's events and no longer need the help drawing crowds to the area.

Fine Craft Fair at Jacob Building Nov. 16-18

Fine Craft Fair at Jacob Building Nov. 16-18

Attend a spectacular exhibit of fine crafts and holiday gift ideas at the 46th annual Craft Fair presented by the Foothills Craft Guild! 

The dates are Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, from 10 to 6 and Sunday, November 18, from 11 to 5 at the Jacob Building in Knoxville's Chilhowee Park. 

This event features the original work of 140 artisans who have been juried into the Guild according to the highest standards of excellence in quality workmanship. 

Red Cross volunteers keep Vol fans safe at Neyland

Red Cross volunteers keep Vol fans safe at Neyland

A sold up Neyland Stadium holds enough people to make it the sixth largest city in the State of Tennessee.

And just like in a real city, emergency personnel need to quickly respond to dozens of game-day emergencies.

It's possible, in large part, to a group of Red Cross volunteers called First Aid Service Team.

Long before there's any action on the field, there's lots of action in the stands.

Three hours before kick off the volunteers assemble to get assignments and a briefing on expectations for the day.

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.

Hundreds walk to stomp out diabetes at World's Fair Park

Hundreds walk to stomp out diabetes at World's Fair Park

Hundreds of people walked in downtown Knoxville to raise awareness and money for those affected by diabetes.

The East Tennessee Office of the American Diabetes Association hosted the "Knoxville Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes" in the World's Fair Park on Sunday.

Organizers, like Erin Morgan, said their two main goals are to raise money and awareness.

"Diabetes is a disease that's ever present. It's always with you," said Morgan. "So we'd like to reach out to the people in the area who have diabetes to let them know they're not alone."