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Don't Miss: The 20th Annual Townsend Heritage Festival & Old Timers Day

Don't Miss: The 20th Annual Townsend Heritage Festival & Old Timers Day

The 20th Annual Townsend Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day includes a wide array of East Tennessee traditions and experiences for guests including bluegrass and mountain music, clogging, storytelling, children's activities, crafts by local artisans, great Southern food and demonstrations of a variety of Appalachian skills, such as basketry, spinning, weaving, woodcarving, sorghum molasses and apple butter making, beekeeping and blacksmithing.

Church van crash victims cope through worship

Church van crash victims cope through worship

A congregation in mourning turns to their faith and one another for comfort one week after it lost two youth group members in a fiery crash.

The accident happened last Sunday morning on Chapman Highway. Members of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church's youth group were returning to Maryville for a Sunday morning church service after their weekend retreat in the Smokies.

Church fundraises for children's ministry damaged in fire

Church fundraises for children's ministry damaged in fire

A children's non-profit ministry is trying to get going again after a fire at their office last week wiped out their inventory and office.

Kingdom Design Ministry creates dream room makeovers for children facing adversity.

Missy Johnson founded the organization in 2007 and opened an office in the basement of the Law Building in Maryville just over a year ago.

Last Monday the building caught fire, damaging or destroying many of the 14 tenants office spaces.

Church member recalls fiery crash that killed two members

Church member recalls fiery crash that killed two members

A young man who felt called to help the victims trapped inside the Cedar Grove Baptist Church van is being called a "hero" by the victim's family.

"There was just something inside me telling me 'you've got to do this. You've got to help them out,'" said 18-year Nick Davis.

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.

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.