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New cancer center opens at UT

New cancer center opens at UT

After a year of construction, the new UT Medical Center Cancer Institute is now open.

Survivors, administrators, and physicians cut the ribbon Tuesday morning.

The new center is nearly three times larger than the old one.
It also holds a lot more, including the cancer institute's "breast center," an imaging center, chemotherapy areas, and eventually the radiation oncology department.

Actor from Pirates of the Caribbean visits ETCH

Actor from Pirates of the Caribbean visits ETCH

A popular Hollywood pirate made a stop in Knoxville on Friday morning.

Kevin McNally, better known as "Gibbs" in Pirates of the Caribbean took time away from his appearances at Adventure-con and visited with several kids at the East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

McNally says he loves Knoxville and visited this summer when he took a road-trip across the country with his son.

McNally's character, Gibbs, was Jack Sparrow's right-hand man in every Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

"Get out & Play with Dr. Bob" at Tyson Park

"Get out & Play with Dr. Bob" at Tyson Park

(Information provided by Kathleen Gibi)

Residing near the University of Tennessee's campus in Downtown-West Knoxville, Tyson Park provides a wide array of recreational opportunities to Knoxvillians. Third Creek Greenway, which connects to Neyland and Bearden Greenways, is a popular place to run, walk, and bike.

Poodle is first dog to receive special cancer treatment at UT vet school

Poodle is first dog to receive special cancer treatment at UT vet school

Arwen is the alpha dog of her Memphis-area household.

"Whatever Arwen wants, Arwen gets," said owner Amanda Stoermer.

The gray poodle is almost inseparable from her poodle pal, Strider, but last year, the elder of the two started having trouble breathing.

"It took a couple weeks to figure out what the problem was," Stoermer said. "(Our veterinarian) did tests, she finally did an x-ray, and there was some suspicious-looking mass in her chest."

Dooley has hip surgery; will be in Press Box Saturday

Dooley has hip surgery; will be in Press Box Saturday

Tennessee Vols head football coach Derek Dooley joked about his hip being injured with the media Tuesday morning, then that afternoon had surgery to repair it, according to Volquest.com.

Dooley had noticed the injury several weeks ago, but thought it was a muscular issue.  Last Friday, he went in for an MRI, and yesterday doctors quickly arranged the surgery to repair a fracture in his left hip.

Surgeons inserted a pin into his left hip.  According to Volquest, Dooley's only other option was a full hip replacement.

More than 1,000 people participate in 'Knoxville Buddy Walk'

More than 1,000 people participate in 'Knoxville Buddy Walk'

More than 1,000 people laced up their tennis shoes and walked to help raise awareness for people with Down syndrome at Knoxville's World's Fair Park on Sunday afternoon.

People walked to not only raise awareness, but raise money as well. Walkers collected pledges from supporters.

The Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee organized the 16th annual "Knoxville Buddy Walk." All proceeds from this event goes towards the group and its community programs.

Knoxville clinic clears menigitis fears via mail

Knoxville clinic clears menigitis fears via mail

Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic is stitching up patient concerns Friday.  The facility mailed 700 letters to patients informing them KOC is not connected to the current meningitis outbreak.

"Fortunately, I just hired a nursing assistant to explain everything [to callers].  It has made my life substantially better," said Dr. Michael Craig with KOC.

Dr. Craig gave 16 epidural steroid injections Friday.  Clinic patients have nothing to worry about, we're told.  KOC does not use compounded drugs, like the one in question.