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Knox Co. Schools: Book did not adhere to district guidelines

Knox Co. Schools: Book did not adhere to district guidelines

Knox County Schools says staff at Hardin Valley Academy did not follow district guidelines when they selected a controversial book as part of required summer reading.

Students enrolled in the STEM program at Hardin Valley Academy were required to read a science-fiction book called "Robopocalypse."

Sam Lee, the parent of a 14-year-old student, said the book is full of foul language, including the "f" word, and should never have been assigned.

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.

ETCH launches specialty license plate

ETCH launches specialty license plate

East Tennessee Children's Hospital is launching a new specialty license plate to commemorate 75 years of leading the way to healthier children.

All proceeds from the colorful new specialty plates will benefit Children's Hospital.

This year's flu shots becoming available

This year's flu shots becoming available

Flu season is just around the corner, and already drug stores and doctor's offices have supplies of this year's vaccine.

The shots will be available to patients by the end of the month.

But if you get your shot now, will you be protected all season? The Centers for Disease Control says "yes."

The CDC recommends that people get their shots as soon as possible. It suggests everyone from six months old and older get a yearly vaccine.

One local flu shot clinic opens Tuesday.

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.