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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.

VOTE NOW: Local teacher finalist in TODAY show contest

VOTE NOW: Local teacher finalist in TODAY show contest

(WBIR-Dandridge) Today is your last chance to vote for a local teacher nominated for the TODAY show's "Teacher of the Year."

Billie Yardley, who teaches drama at Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, is one of three finalists competing for the grand prize of $10,000 in school supplies.

The prize money would definitely go a long way for Mrs. Yardley. When the roof collapsed over her classroom due to heavy rains in June, she lost more than 30 years of costumes, props and scripts. Now her entire classroom is reduced to a rolling cart.

Rick Springfield and The Dirty Guv’nahs headline 2013 Secret City Fest.

Rick Springfield and The Dirty Guv’nahs headline 2013 Secret City Fest.

It’s Secret City Festival time again in Oak Ridge! The bands have been selected, the schedule is filling up, and tickets to this year’s headliner concerts go on sale Monday, May 6.  Tickets are priced at an early bird rate of $17. After June 7, ticket prices go up to $20.  
            

Bible Bee latest in Sevierville's religious tourism

Bible Bee latest in Sevierville's religious tourism

It's no secret Sevier County is a hot tourist destination. And many visitors making an impact are practicing their faith in the process.

Tourism numbers released in September show a boom for the area during the first half of 2012.

When it comes to the number of hotel rooms sold, Sevier County experienced a 10.5 percent increase from January to July 2012 when compared to the same time last year, according to UT Tourism Management Professor Dr. Steve Morse.

Medal of Honor recipient speaks at East Tenn. schools

Medal of Honor recipient speaks at East Tenn. schools

A true military hero spoke at some schools in East Tennessee on Wednesday.

Medal of Honor recipient Bruce Crandall spoke at UT and Seymour Middle School.

Colonel Crandall earned the Medal of Honor for his service as a helicopter pilot during Vietnam. He reportedly flew into heavy enemy fire and evacuated more than 70 wounded U.S. troops. His bravery was re-told in a best-selling book and the Hollywood movie "We Were Soldiers."

Crandall says his main message is there are many ways to serve and be a hero.