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Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

Cancer survivor hands out scarves to chemotherapy patients

An East Tennessee cancer survivor is on a mission to help fellow cancer patients feel sassy when they cover up their head with a hat or scarf.

Samantha Garcia has endured two rounds of breast cancer.

She says she hated the feeling of being stared at when she wore a scarf to cover up her head during cancer treatments.

Garcia wants to do away with that stigma, make scarves sassy, and just support other cancer patients.

So, she and her friend started a Facebook page and received more than three hundred scarves and hats from across the county. 

Seniors Group helps reunited lifelong friends

Seniors Group helps reunited lifelong friends

Lorena DeVault wanted to see her life-long friend Billie Rose Shockley. So, thanks to Willow Ridge Care & Rehabilitation Center in Maynardville and the Twilight Wish Foundation, she did just that.

Lorena lives at Willow Ridge Care in Maynardville. They arranged to transport her and her family to Middle Tennessee for a reunion with Shockley.

Student organizes anti-bully rally after school assault

Student organizes anti-bully rally after school assault

A group in Grainger County is praying for the recovery of a student attacked last month at Washburn High School.

On Saturday night classmate Amanda Dunn organized a vigil hoping to start a community conversation about the bullying she says she sees in class.

It began last month when a fifteen year old student was attacked at their high school, sending her to the hospital.

Her step-sister reports the girl underwent surgery to repair bones in her face.

80 year old invents anti-texting device

80 year old invents anti-texting device

A Claiborne County man has come up with an invention to make it easier to resist the temptation to text behind the wheel.

He and his wife Cledis will celebrate 60 years of marriage next month.

"My wife and I, she raised the kids and I raised the churches you know," Claude Chumley said.

He is a semi-retired baptist preacher living in New Tazewell. He served during the Korean War, later survived cancer, and then prayed for direction.

TN meningitis deaths rise to nine

TN meningitis deaths rise to nine

The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the fungal meningitis outbreak has killed one more person and sickened another in Tennessee.

The CDC said there are now 69 confirmed cases and a total of nine deaths in that state.

Nationwide the death toll has increased to 23, and the number of confirmed cases is 284.

The meningitis outbreak has now reached to 16 states.

Tennessee has the most confirmed number of cases than any other state.

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

Race for the Cure offers registration discount this weekend

It's been an annual tradition on the streets of Knoxville for more than a decade, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is hoping East Tennesseans will turn out once again this month to help those fighting breast cancer.

For years, this race has seen tremendous growth. In 2010, they hit a record 14,000 participants. Last year, they were down to 11,600. Organizers hope that drop doesn't continue this year.

Rutledge Middle students donate DVDs to Children's Hospital

A group of students got the chance to take a break from class on Thursday and get a sense of accomplishment at the same time.

Students and teachers from Rutledge Middle Schools went to Children's Hospital to make a special delivery. They dropped off hundreds of DVD movies for patients to enjoy.

It's part of a club called RMS Pride that focuses on community service.

Rutledge Middle students collected more than 500 DVDs.