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Angels of Hope helps cancer patients

Angels of Hope helps cancer patients

Hundreds of East Tennessee cancer patients benefit from a volunteer effort to help them around the holidays.

"This says love is all you need," reads a hand made pillow case.

Love motivated UT Medical Oncologist Dr. Susan Huntsinger to start a program to help the cancer patients she treats.

"To be able to do this for them and give them just that little bit of spark that little bit of hope is just a wonderful thing," she said.

She realized the holidays can be especially difficult for her patients.

Majorettes present Butterfly Fund with check at Sequoyah game

Majorettes present Butterfly Fund with check at Sequoyah game

Before kickoff at Sequoyah High School Friday night, the majorettes presented a check for $5,500 to the Butterfly Fund.

Students raised that money through a fundraiser.

"They have been creating butterfly pins with Australian crystals on it, and for a donation of $5-10, they get a butterfly with Australian crystals in it. They picked it up on their own," said Christina Harrill.

The Butterfly Fund raises money for childhood cancer research, treatment and services.

Fallen Marine's jersey honored at Sequoyah game

Fallen Marine's jersey honored at Sequoyah game

The high school where a fallen Monroe County marine graduated from set aside this Friday night to retire his football jersey.

Lance Corporal Frankie Watson played four years as a wide receiver for the Sequoyah High School Chiefs.

The 2008 graduate's #7 jersey will now proudly hang in the lobby of the school's gymnasium. Watson was the last to wear that jersey after the end of the 2007 season.

"Frankie was the type of young man that did whatever he was asked to, he gave everything he had," said the school's principal Maurice Moser.

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.

Parade rolls through Tellico Village on 25th anniversary

Parade rolls through Tellico Village on 25th anniversary

An East Tennessee community is marking a major milestone. Tellico Village is now 25 years old.

Friday, an anniversary parade rolled through town to celebrate, full of marching bands, antique cars and motorcycles.

Residents say the community is special because it's tight knit and there's plenty of things to do.

"Well it's a very active community. We have three golf courses, a wellness center. I just participated in a couple of months ago in a physical health program which was great, so they have a lot of different things," said Jim Trocolla.

Tellico Plains eatery caters to bikers

Tellico Plains eatery caters to bikers

Nut-n-Fancy in Tellico Plains is minutes away from favorite East Tennessee motorcycle routes.

Just so there's no confusion, the sign outside the restaurant says 'bikers welcome.'

"We're on the Cherohala so we get a lot of bikers and they're great customers so we wanted to make sure they knew they were welcome," Nut-n-Fancy owner Deborah Snyder said.

Motorcycle riders say they appreciate the hospitality at Nut-n-Fancy.

"It's good food and a lot of people hang out together just like comraderyship," Keith Pitchford said.