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Knoxville reflects on the 9/11 attacks, remembers fallen

Knoxville reflects on the 9/11 attacks, remembers fallen

Across the nation, people are stopping to reflect on the 9/11 attacks that happened 11 years ago.

Knoxville paused to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died during the tragedy in an informal gathering Tuesday morning.

A wreath was placed at the memorial on the City-County lawn. The public was invited to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 while local churches rang bells to mark the moment the first plane struck the Twin Towers in New York.

AmeriCorps members go green in Knoxville

AmeriCorps members go green in Knoxville

The name is a mouthful: the Knoxville / Knox County Community Action Committee AmeriCorps.

Knoxville has hosted the service program since 1994.

AmeriCorps members have an impact on East Tennessee.

Recycling is just one focus for CAC AmeriCorps members in Knoxville.

College graduates from across the country spend 11 months here working on green projects.

Extreme Makeover family plans new building project

Extreme Makeover family plans new building project

An East Tennessee organization that was thrust into the national spotlight is about to take on a new project to help dozens of local families.

Daniel and Mandy Watson were featured on Extreme Makeover Home Edition back in January when they received a new home in West Knoxville.

HomeGrown: Dee Haslam, RIVR Media CEO & Founder

HomeGrown: Dee Haslam, RIVR Media CEO & Founder

"I feel like I'm the shoe-maker's daughter. You just do what your dad did."

As CEO of RIVR Media, Dee Bagwell Haslam has certainly lived up to the family name. And there are dozens of Emmy-award winning shows on cable to prove it.

"RIVR Media has just a wonderful group of creative, fun people and it just makes waking up everyday and coming to work a great thing to do."

Dee got her first taste of television at a very young age.

It's Football Time in Tennessee!

It's Football Time in Tennessee!

 

It's the day Vol fans have been waiting for, the start of the 2012 football season.    

It's been a long offseason for the team having to dwell on a loss to Kentucky for the last eight months.

But today the Vols open up the season against NC State.

The arrived in Atlanta yesterday afternoon.

This is the first time in 73 years that the team has played a regular season game on a Friday.

The Vols will take on the Wolfpack tonight at the Georgia Dome at 7:30 p.m.

The game will be aired on ESPU-U.

The Lord's Child collecting donations for Isaac victims

The Lord's Child collecting donations for Isaac victims

For the next three days, a Sevier County non-profit is collecting water and non-perishable food items for victims of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The Lord's Child will be stationed with a tractor trailer at three area Walmart stores: Sevierville, Turkey Creek, and East Towne. They hope to fill them up to take to Louisiana in the next few days.

One of the organizers, Eric Lambert, has a personal connection to the supplies' destination.

Born and raised in Plaquemines Parish, Lambert still has family there.

Beck Center to receive $50,000 from county

Beck Center to receive $50,000 from county

Knox County Commission voted Monday to designate $50,000 for the Beck Cultural Exchange Center after they missed the application deadline for county money during the budget process.

They weren't on track to receive any county dollars in the up coming fiscal year, but Commissioner Sam McKenzie says they needed money to expand programming.

He told fellow commissioners the center provides valuable services, especially for children who need extra tutoring outside of school.