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Townsend fire that killed widowed mother caused by electrical issue

Townsend fire that killed widowed mother caused by electrical issue

 Investigators have discovered the cause of a fire in Townsend that killed the widowed mother of three.

The fire was caused by an electrical issue in a back bedroom.

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Families, churches, schools, and sports teams are rallying around the children who lost their widowed mother in a fire early Monday morning.

Your Stories: Kreis Beall and Blackberry Farm

An inn that has recently received accolade upon accolade is quietly nestled in the mountains in Walland, Tennessee.

It's a destination for the country's upper crust. And part of its charm? It is East Tennessee through and through. And so is Blackberry Farm's Founder Kreis Beall.

You never see Kreis Beall without her Jack Russell Terrier, Buddy Beall. Her pup is right on her heels as she walks the grounds of her family farm. And what an incredible farm it is.

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

An East Tennessee cancer survivor is on a mission to help fellow cancer patients feel sassy when they cover up their head with a hat or scarf.

Samantha Garcia has endured two rounds of breast cancer.

She says she hated the feeling of being stared at when she wore a scarf to cover up her head during cancer treatments.

Garcia wants to do away with that stigma, make scarves sassy, and just support other cancer patients.

So, she and her friend started a Facebook page and received more than three hundred scarves and hats from across the county. 

VolQuest.com: Dooley departure not matter of if, but when

VolQuest.com: Dooley departure not matter of if, but when

According to WBIR contributor VolQuest.com, it is not a matter of if Tennessee will seek its fourth head football coach since 2008, but when.

This reports follows a 51-48 four-overtime loss to the Missouri Tigers inside Neyland Stadium Saturday. It was the Vols' seventh straight loss SEC loss

NFL's Randall Cobb gives back to his hometown

NFL's Randall Cobb gives back to his hometown

NFL wide receiver and Alcoa native Randall Cobb retuned to East Tennessee Friday, giving back to his hometown.

He visited with kids at Alcoa Elementary, his former school.

Cobb is starting the Blessings in a Backpack program there.  It provides underprivileged students with a backpack full of food to take home over the weekend.

Cobb says he first read about the national program, and thought why not bring it to East Tennessee?

An Open Message to Senator Lamar Alexander

An Open Message to Senator Lamar Alexander

Senator, your nation needs you.

The message sent by Tuesday night’s election is not completely clear but one thing is obvious.  The voters did not reward gridlock. The American people want their leaders to get something done. Soon.

HomeGrown: Sen. Lamar Alexander

"I'm not a Senator from Tennessee, I'm a Senator of Tennessee."

Senator Lamar Alexander is not only a familiar name in Tennessee politics, but across the country. 

"I feel lucky to be doing what I'm doing."

The Maryville native has certainly come a long way.

"I was a little mischievous."

Alexander got his first library card at age three. A year later, he started taking piano lessons at Maryville College. He practiced every morning before school after his paper deliveries.