Three-year-old Joshua Collins dresses from head to cape as his favorite superhero, Batman. The toddler’s mom, Jessica Collins, says it all began when Joshua met a K-9 officer in what looked like a bat mobile. Since that meeting, he believes police officers are heroes; Batman to be exact. “Every time we see a vehicle with words on it or anything, it’s ‘Batman! Batman! Batman!’ Jessica says. To know her son admires authority… Read More

Friends and family of Jeremy Easterday gathered at Powell Levi Park for a bittersweet party to collect gifts of diapers, wipes, toys and gift cards for “Christmas in July.” The gifts will be delivered to Alice Easterday and her three children who lost their husband and father on June 21, 2016. 32-year-old Jeremy Easterday was killed in a head-on crash on Beaver Creek when a Pontiac Grand Am crossed into his lane…. Read More

Random Acts of Flowers partnered with Alzheimer’s Tennessee to repurpose the flowers from the Pat Summitt “Celebration of Life.” Volunteers picked up the flowers from Thompson-Boling Arena, deconstructed the arrangements and created 372 bouquets that were delivered to Alzheimer’s and memory care patients in East Tennessee. Executive Director for Random Acts of Flowers Knoxville branch, Jennifer Sheehan, says it is a great opportunity to brighten the day of someone else. “We are… Read More

A healthy lifestyle is sparked by a positive mindset. Belief in yourself is the barrier that must be crossed. Fear is oftentimes a limitation to exercise success, but with an instructor who motivates, encourages and challenges participants, a healthy lifestyle is more easily obtained. Instructor Carissa Mahoney explains that adopting a strong mindset is a key factor in becoming a stronger, healthier person. “A big thing is believing in yourself that you… Read More

There are many water related injuries and deaths every year that TWRA says might have turned out differently if the victim was wearing a life jacket. In the state of Tennessee, anyone under the age of 13 must wear a life vest, but it is recommended that everyone wear a fitted life vest. TWRA Wildlife Officer, Jeff Webb says, “there are so many life jackets that are available now days. They’re no… Read More

There are many exercise options when it comes to fitness at the gym, but some great group or individual workouts may be the most traditional. Basketball and racquetball have been around for ages and they are a great form of fitness. Ten-year-old Terry Sutton enjoys playing a game of basketball and wants to shoot like his Dad. “I love the game of basketball,” Sutton says. “You get to dribble and stuff and… Read More

Concussions are most commonly known in athletic games and events of contact sports but others involved in sports may also be at a high risk for head injuries. A high school baseball or softball pitcher throws a pitch between 60 and 80 miles per hour. The batter and catcher are the only people between that fast ball and the umpire who is in direct eye sight of the ball. A wild pitch… Read More

  An idea that came to the young CEO in November of 2015 now has Brady Fernandes and his dad, Craig, on a mission to spread a passion for veterans and those who are serving our country. Patriot Threads is the apparel company that Fernandes started for a school project and has now become his business. The duo wanted their company to have a mission and vision. That is where the idea… Read More

The Maryville train derailment sparked an investigation by Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) that uncovered problems within the Alcoa Police Department and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. The July 2015 train derailment in Maryville hospitalized at least three Alcoa Police Officers and five Blount County Sheriff’s Deputies according to a report by TOSHA. Now, one year after the crash, businesses and residents remember what it was like to evacuate their homes… Read More

Sara Mitchell shot the wedding scene in the movie “Dog Years” staring actor Burt Reynolds and actress Ariel Winter. Sara plays the bride with former NFL coach and actor Jerry Glanville playing the role of the groom’s father. In the movie, Burt Reynolds crashes the wedding reception with his co-star Ariel Winter alongside him. The movie wraps up shooting in Knoxville July 1, 2016.