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Mother and son escape West Knoxville house fire


(WBIR) A mother and son safely escaped their home after a fire Saturday afternoon in West Knoxville.

Firefighters arrived on scene in the 2000 block of Millard Beets Road a little before 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Crews contained the fire to two-thirds of the structure.

KFD said no one was hurt and the family will be staying with extended family.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Whole Foods serves up lunch for a great cause


The Whole Foods isn't open officially yet in Knoxville, but that didn't stop the store from serving up lunch in its parking lot on Friday for a good cause.

Proceeds from the $6 flatbread sandwiches will go to the local charity, Wesley House Community Center.

Whole Foods will officially open its first East Tennessee store on March 24. The store is in the Papermill Plaza in west Knoxville.

Whole Foods will sell lunch until 3 p.m. and again on Saturday.


Irish Times Pub and Restaurant to close up shop


A popular west Knoxville pub and restaurant is closing its doors for good after eight years of business, at least for the time being.

Saturday, March 21 will be the Irish Times Pub and Restaurant's last day.

The Irish Times Pub and Restaurant and their landlord have both agreed to terminate the pub's lease in Turkey Creek early, according to restaurant's Facebook page.

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Search continues for payday loan store armed robber


Knox County deputies continue to search for an armed robber of a west Knox County payday loan store.

Just before 5:30 p.m. Monday, a man robbed the Advance to Payday located at 450 N. Cedar Bluff Road. Deputies said this man may have been involved in three robberies that occurred last month in Knoxville. Officials said the suspect could be dangerous.

Local shoe drive helps create small businesses overseas


Soon spring cleaning will hit many households, but an East Tennessee church is asking the community to start cleaning up a bit earlier this year.

St. John Neumann Youth Ministry in Farragut is asking people to look through their closets for old shoes to donate. The collected shoes will be sent overseas to help people in other countries start small businesses. The fundraiser will also help young people in Knoxville attend youth ministry events and camps, along with helping people in other countries become self-sufficient.

Whole Foods set to open March 24


After months of anticipation, we now know when Whole Foods plans to open.

Whole Foods Market announced that its first store in Knoxville will open March 24. For months, the 35,000 square-foot store has been under construction in Papermill Place at 6730 Papermill Drive.