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Maryville woman heading to L.A. to be on Wheel of Fortune

Maryville woman heading to L.A. to be on Wheel of Fortune

A Maryville woman will soon make her national TV debut as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. Amanda Hill flies to Los Angeles on Friday to tape the show.

Back in the spring, Hill applied at the Wheel Mobile when it stopped by Turkey Creek. A few months later, she was invited to the final auditions in Knoxville, and just two weeks ago, the show told her she'll be heading to L.A.

Hill says being selected hasn't sunk in yet.

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.

One victim of church van crash remains in hospital

One victim of church van crash remains in hospital

Only one victim of a fatal church van crash remains in the hospital.

According to Cedar Grove Baptist Church Pastor Bob Lynch, of the remaining two church members in the hospital, one has been discharged and the other has been moved out of intensive care.

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Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Blount County has started the process of healing, although the shock of the accident remains, according to Pastor Bob Lynch. 

Zaxby's to host fundraiser for family of church van crash victim

Zaxby's to host fundraiser for family of church van crash victim

Support continues to pour out for a Blount County church who lost two of its members in a deadly crash Sunday.

45-year-old Jeff Trussell and 16-year-old Courteney Kaliszweski were killed when an SUV hit their van carrying 12 people head-on. Several others were hurt.

Now, the Zaxby's store in Seymour is planning a fundraiser for Kaliszweski's family. She had applied to work at the store and was getting ready to start soon. Owners Todd and Erin Strange wanted a way to help the Kaliszweski family.

Residents learn history of Alcoa through photographs

Residents learn history of Alcoa through photographs

People gathered at the Blount County Library Monday to take a look into their past and remember their heritage. The city hosted City of Alcoa: History in Pictures.

Last year, Judge David Duggan and George Williams spent months searching for historic pictures of Alcoa for a book they were working on.

Their book, which includes over 220 historic photographs, was released last November.

Monday, they gave a presentation on their book and many pictures they didn't include.

Cedar Grove Baptist members gather for information, support

Cedar Grove Baptist members gather for information, support

"Good people, nice people, all around good-nature place you'd want to come," was how Rhonda Byrd described the Cedar Grove Baptist Church in rural Blount County.

 

Maple Lane Farms' Corn maze opens Friday

Maple Lane Farms' Corn maze opens Friday

Maryville College graduate Bob Schmidt has supported his alma mater in different ways over the years.

This fall, he's transformed 10 acres of Maple Lane Farms in Greenback. It is a corn maze in the shape of Anderson Hall bell tower image, a distinctive building on the Maryville College campus.

Maple Lane Farms' 14th Annual Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch will open to the public Friday September 14th and continue through Halloween.