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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.

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.

HomeGrown: The Band Perry

From the Grand Ole Opry to a benefit concert in East Tennessee, The Band Perry is one of the hottest country music acts in the world
with the industry's top honors from Grammy nomination to ACM, CMA, even
Teen Choice awards.  

"We're The Band Perry and we're from right here in Greeneville," said Kimberly Perry to the crowd at a United Way fundraiser. "We love, love, love small towns."

"I feel like we have to make conscious efforts to soak in the moments because we're so busy, we're going so fast," said Reid Perry.

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

It's been an annual tradition on the streets of Knoxville for more than a decade, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is hoping East Tennesseans will turn out once again this month to help those fighting breast cancer.

For years, this race has seen tremendous growth. In 2010, they hit a record 14,000 participants. Last year, they were down to 11,600. Organizers hope that drop doesn't continue this year.

Mother, daughter team up to bring the holiday spirit back to Newport

Mother, daughter team up to bring the holiday spirit back to Newport

Take one glance around Newport, and one thing is clear -- the residents love their holidays.

Pumpkins, mums and corn stalks adorn poles, steps and sidewalks across the city.

"It's a community which, you know everybody here, and you have the familiar faces," said Kellye Stokely, a lifelong resident. "It is a friendly town."

But, last year, the holiday spirit was sucked right out of the town when the city's utility poles, usually adorned with holiday lights, were bare.

Paraplegic skydiver meets goal in Dandridge

Paraplegic skydiver meets goal in Dandridge

A paraplegic man skydived to reach a goal in Dandridge Sunday.

Patrick Nichols, of Asheville, North Carolina, became one of only a handful of paraplegics certified to skydive solo at a drop zone in Dandridge.

Nichols lost use of his legs after a 2005 motorcycle accident.

The 31 year-old had a passion for the air prior to the wreck.

Sunday, Nichols graduated from the Accelerated Free Fall Program for students at Skydive East Tennessee in Jefferson County.

He can now work towards a license to skydive solo in all drop zones nationwide.