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Mayor Waters works to save Sevier Co. United Way

Mayor Waters works to save Sevier Co. United Way

United Way of Sevier County continues to face financial troubles. The chapter says it will close unless it gets major support.

Now, the county's mayor is starting an effort to save the chapter.

Mayor Larry Waters says he's working to bring community leaders together to see if there's a way forward for the United Way. Waters says so far, the people he's talked with want to find a way to help. They're working to set a meeting date for sometime in October.

19 local organizations currently receive funding from the Sevier County chapter.

Possible United Way closure could cause agencies to cut staff

Possible United Way closure could cause agencies to cut staff

Nineteen Sevier County agencies are re-evaluating their budgets after the United Way of Sevier County announced they will no longer be able to provide funding.

Wednesday, the United Way told the agencies they could be shutting their doors by the end of the year if they do not receive major support.

This board decision comes on the heels of an announcement that executive director, Tom Newman, is stepping down.

Trader Joe's recalls its 'Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter'

Trader Joe's recalls its 'Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter'

Federal Health Officials have warned consumers not to eat Trader Joe's "Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter."

This product has been linked to salmonella infections, which have made 29 people sick in 18 states.

Trader Joe's pulled the product from store shelves nationwide and posted an advisory on the company's web page.

The peanut butter has a stock keeping unit 97111 and should be returned to any Trader Joe's store location for a full refund.

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.

VA clinic opens in Sevierville

VA clinic opens in Sevierville

Thousands of East Tennessee veterans can now receive care much closer to home if they live in the Sevier County area. 

Veterans and local officials celebrated Tuesday the opening of a new VA clinic in the former Fort Sanders Hospital near Middle Creek Road in Sevierville.

Prior to its opening, vets had to travel more than an hour and a half to Mountain Home, or about 45 minutes to Knoxville to see a VA doctor.

Officials say the facility will serve about 2,300 veterans with primary care and mental health services.

This year's flu shots becoming available

This year's flu shots becoming available

Flu season is just around the corner, and already drug stores and doctor's offices have supplies of this year's vaccine.

The shots will be available to patients by the end of the month.

But if you get your shot now, will you be protected all season? The Centers for Disease Control says "yes."

The CDC recommends that people get their shots as soon as possible. It suggests everyone from six months old and older get a yearly vaccine.

One local flu shot clinic opens Tuesday.

3-year-old released from hospital after being hit by car

3-year-old released from hospital after being hit by car

A 3-year-old child is out of the hospital after being run over by a car.

It happened last night at an apartment complex on Mary Lee Way in Sevierville.

Police say it appears the parking brake failed on a car with no one inside it, and it rolled down a small hill and hit the child.

One of the wheels apparently rolled over the child, who was flown by Lifestar to UT.

That child was treated and released.