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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.

VOTE NOW: Local teacher finalist in TODAY show contest

VOTE NOW: Local teacher finalist in TODAY show contest

(WBIR-Dandridge) Today is your last chance to vote for a local teacher nominated for the TODAY show's "Teacher of the Year."

Billie Yardley, who teaches drama at Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, is one of three finalists competing for the grand prize of $10,000 in school supplies.

The prize money would definitely go a long way for Mrs. Yardley. When the roof collapsed over her classroom due to heavy rains in June, she lost more than 30 years of costumes, props and scripts. Now her entire classroom is reduced to a rolling cart.

Rick Springfield and The Dirty Guv’nahs headline 2013 Secret City Fest.

Rick Springfield and The Dirty Guv’nahs headline 2013 Secret City Fest.

It’s Secret City Festival time again in Oak Ridge! The bands have been selected, the schedule is filling up, and tickets to this year’s headliner concerts go on sale Monday, May 6.  Tickets are priced at an early bird rate of $17. After June 7, ticket prices go up to $20.  
            

Oak Ridge grandmother faces death penalty for granddaughter's murder

Oak Ridge grandmother faces death penalty for granddaughter's murder

An Oak Ridge grandmother could face the death penalty for killing her granddaughter.

In March 2012, Valerie Stenson was charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse and neglect, in the death of her 2-year-old granddaughter, Manhattan Inman.  Inman was found dead in her home on Teller Village Lane in Oak Ridge on April 17, 2012.  No details about how she died have been released.

Local seniors move on to Siemens national competition

Local seniors move on to Siemens national competition

Two seniors at Oak Ridge High School will be heading to Washington D.C. next month to compete in the finals for the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology.

A.J. Toth and Jim Andress will share a $6,000 top team scholarship for their research that could help in the development of anticancer drugs.

The teens found out they will move on to the finals in early December to compete for the top award, a $100,000 scholarship.