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Motorcyclists give 'Marines Toys for Tots' an early start

Motorcyclists give 'Marines Toys for Tots' an early start

Halloween just ended, but people are already spreading holiday cheer.

Nearly a thousand people drove their motorcycles to the Sevier County fairgrounds on Sunday morning to help families in need.

Each person brought a new, unwrapped toy or donation to contribute to the 21st annual "Marines Toys for Tots Toy Run." This event helps thousands of children and their families across East Tennessee.

Organizers said they helped 65,000 kids last year by providing more than 100,000 toys and raising $37,000.

Up to 53% off admission to Ripley's Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg

Up to 53% off admission to Ripley's Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg

 

Believe it or not, DealChicken is always up for a terrifying adventure. A world-class creepy attraction, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure tests the fortitude of Halloween lovers and ghost hunters alike. Whether you’re brave enough to take on this sinister setting alone or opting for the safety of a large group, enjoy a spine-tingling stroll through this eerie collection of oddities. At more than half off the normal ticket price, the only thing safe is your wallet.

Signs of the season: Christmas retail hits the shelves

Signs of the season: Christmas retail hits the shelves

As cooler weather moves into Tennessee, the first signs of Christmas aren't far behind.

In Gatlinburg, scarecrows and pumpkins sit next to Santas and snowmen. Christmas is still more than two months away, but the ads have already hit TV and the retail world is ready for early shoppers.

Stacy Gore, visiting from Georgia with her family, said it's an early reminder of an already stressful season.

"We don't want to see Christmas, we can't afford Christmas!" she laughed.

How are you getting in the Halloween spirit this year?

How are you getting in the Halloween spirit this year?

October is finally here, so are you getting your home in the Halloween spirit?  

We would love to see & share your SPOOKTACULAR decorations, creepy crafts, and homemade costumes! Just e-mail them to WhereYouLive@wbir.com.  Don't forget to tell us where you live!

 

Signing of the steel ceremony marks milestone in Pigeon Forge

Signing of the steel ceremony marks milestone in Pigeon Forge

A large construction project in Pigeon Forge celebrated a milestone on Wednesday.

Officials held a "signing of the steel" ceremony, before lifting the last piece of structural steel into place for the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.

Members of the National Quartet Convention Board performed Amazing Grace. 

The annual gospel convention will be one of the first events held inside the $45 million dollar conference center.

Local leaders are excited about the economic boost the center should bring to the city.

Lynyard Skynyrd and ZZ Top rock Smokies Stadium

Lynyard Skynyrd and ZZ Top rock Smokies Stadium

Lynyard Skynyrd and ZZ Top rocked Smokies Stadium Sunday Night.

Lynyard Skynyrd played fan favorites like "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird" and "Gimme 3 Steps."

ZZ Top rocked their iconic hits, including "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs." This band won a Grammy in 1984 for Best Vocal Group. Lynyard Skynyrd never won a Grammy, but the band was inducted in the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame back in 2006.

Second half strikes again; Vols lose to Gators at Neyland

Second half strikes again; Vols lose to Gators at Neyland

Right up until the second half Saturday night, the incredible momentum that energized Knoxville for the past week seemed like it might be enough to carry the Tennessee Volunteers to a victory against the Florida Gators for the first time in eight meetings.

The Vols were up 14-10 in front of a sell-out crowd of more than 102,000.

 

But then the 2nd half happened to a team that's had some memorable 2nd half meltdowns in the past few years.

Then the Gators scored 27 points.