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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.

Seymour Middle wins grand prize of $150K in U.S. Cellular campaign

Seymour Middle wins grand prize of $150K in U.S. Cellular campaign

An East Tennessee middle school is celebrating a big gift, thanks to community support.

Seymour Middle School won $150,000 as the grand prize in U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities campaign.

It's the third straight year that a Seymour school has taken home the top prize in the online voting contest. Seymour Primary won $150,000 last year, and Seymour High brought home $100,000 in 2010.

School leaders say the community comes together to make it happen.

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.

Smokies visits about 9 percent ahead of last year

Smokies visits about 9 percent ahead of last year

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park entered the fall foliage season with nearly 9 percent more visitors, year to date.

Figures released by the National Park Service showed 963,317 people came to the park in September -- a 9.2 percent increase over September 2011.

Through the first nine months of this year, visits were up 8.9 percent, meaning 602,000 more people have come to the Smokies this year than in the first three quarters of 2011.

Foothills Fall Festival boosts Maryville businesses

Foothills Fall Festival boosts Maryville businesses

Downtown Maryville packed in the people and the big name acts for their 13th annual Foothills Fall Festival this weekend.

From Friday to Sunday, they estimate around 60,000 people come to the concerts, juried arts and crafts show, and kid's festival called Adventureland.

Musical acts like Train, Darius Rucker, and Gary Allen headlined the evening concerts.

A team of organizers from the City of Maryville plan for the event all year. For the event itself, about 400 volunteers pull the festival off.