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Sailor surprises sister at UT graduation

By Ashley Izbicki, WBIR

Nearly 2,000 graduates in black caps and gowns received their diplomas at the University of Tennessee Friday, but one journalism and electronic media major had no idea her younger brother, who has been deployed for the past 16 months, flew home to surprise her on stage.

Wet summer means lower electricity bills, TVA says

Wet summer means lower electricity bills, TVA says

By The Tennessean, WBIR

While heavy rain in the summer might have ruined lots of cookouts and picnics, for Tennessee electricity customers the cloudsthat brought the rain came with the proverbial silver lining.

Hydroelectric dams have been in overdrive for much of the year, producing cheap energy that has brought down energy bills across the state.

Kingston private practice to close due to Affordable Care Act

(WBIR-Kingston) Practitioners have less than a month to meet new standards under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

However, some East Tennessee private practices are choosing to leave the business instead.

Dr. Robert Parker of Parker Family Eyecare in Kingston will close his private practice by the end of the month. He spent three years at the Race Street location.

Parker said it is too burdensome to meet the new federal requirements.

"It became pretty obvious to me that the better choice was not to continue," Parker said.

Roane County shortcut reopens for holiday travel

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(WBIR-Rockwood) Thousands of East Tennesseans used Sunday to get home from an extended Thanksgiving weekend. A popular shortcut in Roane County reopened just in time for the holiday travel.

Roane County implements new brine system for road treatment

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(WBIR-Harriman) The winter weather in East Tennessee meant Roane County had the chance to try out the highway department's new brine system. They say it will allow them to treat more roads and ultimately save the county money.

Pantry & police team up to give Thanksgiving to needy families

Hundreds of East Tennessee families will enjoy a Thanksgiving feast thanks to the kindness of others.

The Hands of Mercy Food Pantry and the Kingston Police Department handed out turkey and all the fixings to 750 Roane County families on Wednesday. The food pantry and police department raised all the money to buy the dinners.

They say helping others makes their Thanksgiving day better.

"We can all eat better on Thursday, on Thanksgiving, knowing that we helped these families in Roane County," said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam/.

East TN watch out - prepare for messy Thanksgiving travels

East Tennesseans prepare for messy Thanksgiving travels - snow is on the way!

If you going to hit the road tomorrow, do it soon rather than later. Heavy rains with a chance of sleet will arrive Tuesday. Rain is expected to turn to snow overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.