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VFL mentors teens dealing with molestation, violence, absentee dads

Beyond the halls at South Doyle High School are some students who deal with dark secrets at home.Little did they know, it would take a Vol for life to help them release what they've buried inside. Mentors asked students to write handwritten tales of trauma. No one ever expected what the young boys are dealing with...

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Tennessee Valley gives away 150 bike helmets

More than 150 brand new bike helmets went home with children at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.The organization partnered with UnitedHealthcare to not only give out helmets, but let the children personalize them. They also got to eat a healthy snack and learn some biking safety tips from professional cyclist Travis McCabe...

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Hamblen sheriff identifies teenage Cherokee Lake drowning victims

Two teenagers have drowned on Cherokee Lake in Hamblen County on Tuesday evening. Officials identified the teenagers as Kaleigh Ramirez, 15, and Nelson Chilel-Ramirez, 16.Sherrif Esco Jarnigan said the teens were swimming with family and friends out in Evergreen Cove off Cherokee Drive when they went underwater and did not resurface. Rescue crews were called to the scene around 5:30 p.m...

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Tennessee gives kids a once in a lifetime experience at camp

Tennessee Basketball Camp offers 2 weeks of skill development, drills, and competitive games for rising 3rd graders to rising 8th graders."It's so cool because you get to experience what the players experience almost every day," said Jackson Foster, who attended Tennessee's camp...

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Haslam to send off UT trustees at swanky gig

More than 100 area lawmakers, officeholders and other movers and shakers have been invited to a gathering Gov. Bill Haslam is hosting Thursday night for University of Tennessee Board of Trustee members.Haslam, his wife Crissy, Raja Jubran, the vice chair of the board, and Jubran's wife Michelle are hosting the event at Cherokee Country Club. ..

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    Bigger? Or Better? Yes, Your Church Has A Choice

    Better churches become bigger churches. Right?Maybe not. That’s been the rule of thumb for businesses, too. And it’s no more true there than it is for us. Constant growth doesn’t work for the majority of churches or businesses. Yet they can still be successful at what they do. As it turns out, constant growth doesn’t work for the majority of churches or businesses. Yet they can still be successful at what they do...

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    Don't forget that Instagram is creepy, too

    With Facebook in the news for all the wrong reasons this week, it may be tempting to overlook the social media giant's photo-oriented sibling, Instagram. That would be unwise. Instagram, which you should absolutely never forget is owned by Facebook, has around 800 million monthly active users — and it exploits their data for ad targeting much like its scandal-prone big brother. This should worry you...