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'Basket of Hope' gives stuggling families a boost for holidays

'Basket of Hope' gives stuggling families a boost for holidays

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it's a time of year for everyone to be thankful. But for more than a thousand families in Knoxville, the holiday season can be the hardest.

To help families make ends meet during the holidays, dozens of Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries volunteers distributed Thanksgiving dinners under the overpass on Broadway next to KARM this afternoon.

Burt Rosen, KARM CEO and president, said this small gesture goes a long way in these tough economic times.

Local commitments solid to Vols despite Dooley departure

Local commitments solid to Vols despite Dooley departure

Josh Smith and Brett Kendrick are still enjoying Christian Academy's big 38-36 win over Alcoa in the TSSAA Quarterfinals.

Both are committed to play football at the University of Tennessee.  Both found out this morning Derek Dooley would no longer be the Vols head coach.

Smith is a receiver and safety in high school and Kendrick is an offensive lineman.  Both say they are firm in their commitment to Tennessee.

Dooley out as head coach: official release and comments

Dooley out as head coach: official release and comments

Here is the full statement from the University of Tennessee on Derek Dooley's departure as head coach, with comments from Dooley.

The University of Tennessee announced today (Sunday) that Derek Dooley will not return as the head football coach of the Vols. The announcement was made by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart, who will immediately begin a search for a new head coach for the Vols.

Medal of Honor recipient speaks at East Tenn. schools

Medal of Honor recipient speaks at East Tenn. schools

A true military hero spoke at some schools in East Tennessee on Wednesday.

Medal of Honor recipient Bruce Crandall spoke at UT and Seymour Middle School.

Colonel Crandall earned the Medal of Honor for his service as a helicopter pilot during Vietnam. He reportedly flew into heavy enemy fire and evacuated more than 70 wounded U.S. troops. His bravery was re-told in a best-selling book and the Hollywood movie "We Were Soldiers."

Crandall says his main message is there are many ways to serve and be a hero.

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. 

VolQuest.com: Dooley departure not matter of if, but when

VolQuest.com: Dooley departure not matter of if, but when

According to WBIR contributor VolQuest.com, it is not a matter of if Tennessee will seek its fourth head football coach since 2008, but when.

This reports follows a 51-48 four-overtime loss to the Missouri Tigers inside Neyland Stadium Saturday. It was the Vols' seventh straight loss SEC loss

UT President Joe DiPietro gets a $15K pay raise

UT President Joe DiPietro gets a $15K pay raise

University of Tennessee Board of Trustees unanimously approved a more than $15,000 pay raise for President Joe DiPietro this year.

This 3.5 percent raise, will take Dr. DiPietro just over a $445,000 annual base salary.

DiPietro declined to accept a merit increase greater than 3.5 percent. The trustees board based his salary upon an evaluation process that occurred in April and May.

UT Board of Trustees Vice Chair Don C. Stransberry, Jr. said he was not surprised by the board's unanimous approval.