Knoxville, TN Lifestyle


Makers Donuts closing 6 months after reopening

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Makers Donuts is closing its doors for the second time, just six months after it reopened. In a social media post the business said Sunday, Sept. 19, will be their last day “due to circumstances beyond our control.”. “Thank you so much for the love and...
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New hotel planned near Spur

Developers are planning a new hotel for a vacant lot entering the city from the Spur. The lot at 131 Parkway, across from the Gatlinburg Package Store, has been empty for years. Shambhu Inc. acquired the land earlier this year for. $7.7 million. It’s slated to be a Delta Hotel...
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Young-Williams Pet of the Week: James

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Meet James the Young-Williams Pet of the Week. James is a 2-year-old sweet rescue from Hurricane Ida. The young pup was diagnosed with heartworm disease and is undergoing treatment. Because of the medication, James needs to be quiet and not very active. Young-Williams is still looking...

Zoo Knoxville tigers get COVID-19 vaccines

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Some of Zoo Knoxville's Malayan tigers just got their COVID-19 vaccines on Friday. Bashir, Arya and Tanvir all spent time in isolation after catching the virus that causes COVID-19 in late October 2020. They all made a full recovery. Veterinary doctors said this vaccine is different from...

Neighbors split over music at family barbecue business

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A WVLT investigation in response to an email sent to the newsroom has found that there is no citation against a Northwest Knox County business, despite calls from neighbors concerned about weekend music volume. Owner Tony Kyle of Smash Mouth BBQ says he will watch to...

SOUTHEAST CRAB FEST – All you can eat blue crabs

ALL YOU CAN EAT BLUE CRABS ARE BACK!!! Please join us for the SouthEast Crab Feast event in Knoxville, TN on Saturday, September 18th at New Harvest Park, 4775 New Harvest Lane, Knoxville, TN 37918. ALL YOU CAN EAT BLUE CRABS ARE BACK!!!! Please join us for the SouthEast Crab...

Scruffy City Simplified: Hey Bear Café

Hello there, friends. For today’s edition of Scruffy City Simplified, your favorite source for the weirdest, loveliest corners of our all-around rather weird and lovely city, I’d like to share Hey Bear Café. In my travels far and wide, I’ve never come across another boba spot quite as wonderful as this one. If you’re a fan of chewing your tea, stopping here is a must.

Float Through The Mountains Of East Tennessee With A Tubing Trip From Tube River Rage

Warm weather makes it easy to get outside, but after hiking many a hike and eating on oh-so-many patios, you may be in the mood for something a little more adventurous. Enter Tube River Rage in Townsend, Tennessee. The locally-owned secret gem offers one of the longest floats down Little River, and it’s become a family-friendly hot spot that locals flock to come summertime. Learn more bout it below and make sure you visit before the seasons change.

Cheers to “The Mountaineer” at Smoky Mountain Brewery

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – If you are looking for some grub after you get done exploring a hiking trail in the area, Smoky Mountain Brewery has crafted an awesome burger for you to try out. “The Mountaineer” is a half-pound, freshly ground beef patty seasoned topped with pimento cheese, smoked...

Wondering Wanderer: Cave in and try spelunking

It’s an odd feeling, being in a cave. I usually write about traveling above ground, driving around and skirting through small towns, but I figured it’d be awful fun to throw out something a little different today and talk about spelunking. Yes, that’s a real word, and a fun one...

Food Truck Court hoping to bring rotating food options to Karns

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Along Ball Camp Pike in Karns a new Food Truck Court is bringing different food options to the Knox County Community. Holding its grand opening Labor Day weekend, the plot of land hopes to give people options that change often. The spot will serve lunch options...

What is the restaurant where they insult you in Gatlinburg?

It’s no secret that Gatlinburg is a tourist town. Businesses and restaurants are always battling it out for your attention and vacation dollars, most of them trying to offer the best food, entertainment and experience money can buy. It can be hard to compete with. And in a town with...

Tigers at Zoo Knoxville to get COVID-19 vaccine

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials at Zoo Knoxville will give three Malayan tigers a COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, Sept. 17, according to a spokesperson for the zoo. Officials said that the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine will assist with the vaccinations. In October of 2020, the three tigers...

Ole Red rising to new levels for GatlinBURGER Week

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – Ole Red had a lot of success with their “Farmhouse Burger” at last year’s GatlinBURGER event, but they are switching things up this year with a new specialty burger. The “Ole Red Sunrise Burger” is an Italian sausage patty on a croissant bun topped with a...

Knoxville boy competes for mullet championship

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Fresh off of one East Tennessean taking the best Mullet crown, another is jumping into the mix. Denver Jobe is a ten-year-old who lives in Karns and is competing in the kids USA mullet championship. Jobe is among more than 500 other kids and is hoping...

Learn the untold history of African Americans in the Great Smoky Mountains

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is holding three town hall events focusing on African American history within and around the park. The park says that while African Americans have lived in the region since at least the early 16th century the knowledge of their presence is relatively low.