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Mission of Hope kicks off Blue Barrel Christmas Campaign

Mission of Hope kicks off Blue Barrel Christmas Campaign

In our own backyard, there are thousands of people hungry and cold tonight. Thankfully, the Mission of Hope works all year to help ease the burden for our neighbors in rural Appalachia, and Friday, you can help make Christmas bright for thousands of children in that region.

The 18th annual Mission of Hope Blue Barrel Christmas campaign kicks off.

Veterans offered free meals, haircuts, car washes and more

Veterans offered free meals, haircuts, car washes and more

As a thank you for their service, a number of businesses are offering free services for veterans and active-duty military personnel on Veterans Day, which is Monday, November 11. Here's a list of those we know about:

VOTE NOW: Local teacher finalist in TODAY show contest

VOTE NOW: Local teacher finalist in TODAY show contest

(WBIR-Dandridge) Today is your last chance to vote for a local teacher nominated for the TODAY show's "Teacher of the Year."

Billie Yardley, who teaches drama at Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, is one of three finalists competing for the grand prize of $10,000 in school supplies.

The prize money would definitely go a long way for Mrs. Yardley. When the roof collapsed over her classroom due to heavy rains in June, she lost more than 30 years of costumes, props and scripts. Now her entire classroom is reduced to a rolling cart.

Don't let spooky weather ruin your Halloween fun!

Don't let spooky weather ruin your Halloween fun!

Don't let bad weather ruin your Halloween fun! Here's a listing of some of the indoor events going on that you can enjoy on this spooky holiday!

Dead Man's Farm Haunted House: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 24 & Oct. 29-30; 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 25-26, 7-11 p.m. Nov. 1-2; closed Oct. 31, 9567 Highway 11E, Lenoir City. $17 admission. High-intensity, interactive haunted house.

Halloween Cookie Cake

Halloween Cookie Cake

Ingredients

Value Sized Chocolate chip cookie dough

1 block cream cheese

1/2 cup Nutella

Candy Corn

Marshmallows

Chocolate Chips

Pecans

Directions

Press the cookie dough into a 10 inch round cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 22 minutes. Cream together the cream cheese and Nutella. Spread Nutella mixture on cooked cookie cake. Layer outer edge with candy corn, then circle in marshmallows, then pecans, then chocolate chips.

 

Rick Springfield and The Dirty Guv’nahs headline 2013 Secret City Fest.

Rick Springfield and The Dirty Guv’nahs headline 2013 Secret City Fest.

It’s Secret City Festival time again in Oak Ridge! The bands have been selected, the schedule is filling up, and tickets to this year’s headliner concerts go on sale Monday, May 6.  Tickets are priced at an early bird rate of $17. After June 7, ticket prices go up to $20.