#East Tennesseans

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WATCH: “UFO” sightings spark concerns among East Tennesseans

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - If you saw lights in the sky Friday, they weren’t aliens. Some East Tennesseans told WVLT News they had spotted silent lines of bright lights in the sky in the Maryville area, sparking concerns of alien invaders. Cole Blair managed to get the lights on video....
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Dolly Parton named one of 2021's 'People of the Year'

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Dolly Parton perpetually remains the person of the year in the hearts of many East Tennesseans, but she'll soon be gracing the cover of People magazine as one of several "People of the Year" in 2021!. People magazine announced Dolly, Simone Biles, Sandra Oh, and the entirety...
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Late fall warming trend lasts all week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The forecast for now is all about sunshine and above average temperatures. Sound familiar? The roller coaster ride of ups and downs continues. The next substantial chances of rain are not until next week. WHAT TO EXPECT. Clouds from the next teeny tiny system arrive very...

Gearing up for holiday travel in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Thanksgiving is less than a week away and some East Tennesseans are gearing up to travel to visit family and friends for the holidays. So, how you should you prepare for the holiday travel?. It’s time to cut that turkey, and that means travel times are...

Toy Tech Ensures Happy Holidays for Children with Disabilities

The local nonprofit Spark is happy to announce the return of its annual Toy Tech event. It will once again provide adapted toys for children with disabilities, from 3-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Toys will be provided free at a drive-thru distribution, with assistance from some holiday helpers: a...

Abandoned Places: Underground Gay Street

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — East Tennesseans are very familiar with Gay Street with its shops, restaurants and events. For years, it has been a hub of Downtown Knoxville. While many stroll along its sidewalks every day, few know about the walkways and storefronts just a story below their feet that haven’t seen daylight in more than a century.

Abandoned Places: New River Scenic Railway Train

ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Hidden away among the trees in Anderson County are the remnants of a short-lived, but once beloved, tourist attraction. The New River Scenic Railway was an idea brought to life by two East Tennesseans who wanted to start a tourism business. They struck a deal with...

Legendary Neyland family reveals decision to leave Rocky Top

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Neyland Stadium is a place for the people. That’s what Robert Neyland Jr., the son of General Robert Neyland, will tell you. The 91-year-old spoke with WVLT News Anchor Ted Hall after the stadium turned 100 years old on September 24. The milestone prompted Hall to uncover stadium secrets that Vo fans might not know about.

Knoxville City Council approves multi-use stadium

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox Co. Commission voted to approve the new multi-purpose stadium, set to be the new home for the Smokies Baseball Team, on Monday. The Knoxville City Council voted to approve the multi-use stadium, 5-1. Two members abstained from voting. There was some minor pushback on...