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Offenses impress in Week Zero of high school football


East Tennessee offenses didn't show any rust as the 2012 high school football season started with Week Zero.

Grace Christian started things on Thursday night, opening their new turf field with a 49-21 win over Carter.

Will McKamey scored three total touchdowns and rushed for 181 yards to lead the Rams.

The offensive fireworks continued on Friday night.

Visit Knoxville board to vote on CEO contract & bylaw changes

In a short, 20 minute meeting Thursday morning, the Executive Committee of Visit Knoxville's Board of Directors unanimously voted to pass changes to its bylaws, and a new contract for the Convention and Visotirs Bureau president, on to the full board for a vote next week. 

Thieves steal church's AC units

"They're not just stealing from me and the rest of the members, they're stealing from God," said Bays Mountain Baptist Church Preacher Ralph Burke.

The South Knox County church is trying to understand why someone would steal their air conditioning units.

It's a theft that will cost them big, but bring very little to the thief.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office reports 71 air conditioning units stolen since January. That is up from 59 the same time last year.

The latest victims, Bays Mountain Baptist, believed thieves would see a church as off limits.

The Dirty Guv'nahs celebrate album release with free show

Local rockers The Dirty Guv'nahs took a break from touring to celebrate the release of their newest album.

"Somewhere Beneath the Southern Skies" dropped Tuesday, and to promote the CD, the Guvs played a few songs at the Disc Exchange.

"Skies" was completely fan-funded, and because of that, the band wanted to thank their supporters the best way they knew how, by playing some free tunes.

New 35-mile trail system debuts in South Knoxville

City and county leaders joined in South Knoxville Tuesday for the grand opening of a trail network that stretches 35 miles just minutes from downtown.

The new trail loop, which is 11 miles long and has 24 miles of trails stemming from it, connects 10 city parks to Ijams Nature Center and a state wildlife management area, according to non-profit group Legacy Parks.

"What this does is accommodate those people that want to do short after work hikes or bikes, [and] also miling," said Legacy Parks Executive Director Carol Evans. "So if you want to do more, you can do more."

Dental clinic serves hundreds of Knox County students

Knox County students will return to school next week, and Saturday many families got the supplies and health resources they needed to start the year off right.

Western Heights Dental teamed up with Remote Area Medical (RAM) to provide the services. RAM volunteers are known for traveling far distances to deliver health care to people in need, but organizers say it is important to recognize local needs, too.

"When we were asked by the folks at Western, we gladly accepted the offer to come over and to work with them," said Ron Brewer, RAM Director.

South Doyle Middle kicks off school year with a bash

Some heavy rain Friday didn't stop some Knoxville middle schoolers from having a little fun at school before classes begin.

The South Doyle Middle School PTSA hosted a Back to School Bash.

Students were encouraged to drop by and reunite with friends, meet their new teachers and look over their schedules.

They were also able to test their throwing skills at a dunking booth.

The school's principal says the bash serves many purposes.