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WBIR takes part in Make a Difference Day


WBIR joined millions of volunteers across the country on Saturday in taking part in USA WEEKEND Make a Difference Day.

USA WEEKEND magazine started Make a Difference Day more than 20 years ago to encourage people to help improve their communities.

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Public hearing next week on proposed west Knoxville hospital


The public will have a chance to comment on a proposed Tennova hospital in west Knoxville next week.

Tennova wants to replace Physicians Regional Medical Center in north Knoxville with a new facility off Middlebrook Pike. Tennova's parent-company bought two parcels of land for the hospital in August. Some residents from both neighborhoods opposed the plans.

Man arrested after fake 911 robbery call


(WBIR) A man is facing charges accused of lying about an armed robbery at an apartment complex. It happened Monday night at Sunchase Apartments on North Cedar Bluff Road in West Knox County.

The Sheriff's Office said Jordan Ray called 911 saying someone assaulted him and stole his money. The department responded with heavy police presence.

Pumpkins transform to support East TN's cancer community


(WBIR) As many people prepare to carve up pumpkins to get in the Halloween spirit, others are transforming theirs to help support those fighting cancer in East Tennessee.

Sweet Pea in Bearden hosted its 4th annual paint your pumpkin event on Saturday.

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Car strikes intoxicated pedestrian


(WBIR- West Knoxville) An unidentified man was sent to the hospital after he was struck by a car early Friday morning in west Knoxville.

According to a press release from the Knoxville Police Department, the man crossed Papermill Drive near Weisgarber Road where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. He was wearing dark clothing. Police also say he was very intoxicated.

The release says a Mitsubishi Eclipse driving east on Papermill Drive struck the man. Police say the driver was looking down to plug in his phone.

Local diocese breaks ground on new convent


The Catholic Diocese of Knoxville celebrated the groundbreaking of a new convent Thursday.

The home will house local members of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, which is based out of Michigan.

The sisters in the order serve the local diocese in many roles, including education, health care, and the nonprofit Catholic Charities organization.

Overturned semi on I-40 isn't affecting traffic


An overturned tractor trailer on Interstate 40 in west Knox County isn't affecting traffic.

The semi has blocked westbound on-ramp to the weigh scales in between Campbell Station and Watt roads. The accident happened shortly before 6 a.m., and the Tennessee Department of Transportation estimated that crews would clear the accident by 9 a.m.