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Developers purchase old Baptist Hospital for $6.25 million

(WBIR) Developers purchased the site of the old Baptist Hospital in south Knoxville Monday for $6.25 million.

Blanchard and Calhoun, a commercial corporation from Georgia, said it plans to build one of the largest developments in the history of Knoxville and Knox County. Plans are for a mixed-up development on the site featuring luxury apartments, shops, a hotel, and restaurants. Developers said demolition on the 24-acre site will start in February.

East TN Red Cross looks back on 2013

(WBIR) The American Red Cross in East Tennessee released some of it's annual response numbers this week, helping out at around 1,000 disasters in 2013. 380 were right here in the Tennessee Valley.

East Tennessee was home to many disasters throughout 2013. And Red Cross crews were on scene for a great number of them. The large cabin fire in Pigeon Forge last March, the fatal church bus accident in October, even to disasters as recent as the Southwood Apartment fire.

Scott Hensley and Lisa Gryder volunteered for a number of these disasters.

Tree falls onto Knoxville woman's home

(WBIR) Sunday morning's storm created a close call for a Knoxville woman as a tree crashed onto her home.

Officials said it happened on Gilbert Lane in South Knoxville around 9:45 a.m. Sunday.

Knoxville Fire Department said a woman was home when the tree fell, but luckily she was in her bedroom on the opposite side of the house at the time of the incident. She was not hurt.

However, KFD said the home did suffer severe structural damage. The American Red Cross will be providing the woman with a temporary place to live.

Students survey neighbors on their opinions of S. Knox


Students at one East Tennessee high school recently surveyed their neighbors in a unique school project.

Freshmen at South Doyle High School polled hundreds of people on their perceptions of their school and the South Knoxville community.

Alcoa Hwy. reopens after sinkhole repair

Update: 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17

TDOT crews have finished repair work on a small sinkhole that made a big impact on traffic.

Crews had to shut down one lane of southbound traffic for more than 24 hours, which backed up traffic in South Knoxville for much of the day Tuesday.

The hole has been filled with asphalt and both lanes are now open to traffic.

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One lane of Alcoa Highway southbound remains blocked Tuesday afternoon due to a sinkhole.

Sale of old Baptist Hospital should be final next week

The sale of the old Baptist Hospital in South Knoxville is expected to close next Monday. Developers Blanchard and Calhoun say demolition will start in February.

Plans are for a mixed-use development on the site, that will feature luxury apartments, shops, a hotel and restaurants.

Sailor surprises sister at UT graduation

By Ashley Izbicki, WBIR

Nearly 2,000 graduates in black caps and gowns received their diplomas at the University of Tennessee Friday, but one journalism and electronic media major had no idea her younger brother, who has been deployed for the past 16 months, flew home to surprise her on stage.