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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.

Knox BOE extends Dr. McIntyre's contract through 2017

Knox BOE extends Dr. McIntyre's contract through 2017

(WBIR) The Knox County Board of Education voted Monday night to extend Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre's contract an additional year as part of his annual performance review. His contract will run through the end of 2017.

The 8-1 vote came after a five-hour long meeting during which nearly 50 people spoke for or against the extension of the superintendent's contract. Knox County board member Mike McMillan was the only no vote.

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Get 'yer spatulas ready

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Get 'yer spatulas ready

Over here at the Big 10, fresh yummy tasty food is never far from any staffer's desk....Especially during the holidays!  Ask anyone who works at WBIR - it's one of the perks.

Every single day, sometimes 3 or even 4,  our cooking guests fill the studio with the sweet smells of deliciousness baking in the kitchen.   

I've complied a list of the tastiest recipes for your Thanksgiving Day tables.  Hope you enjoy and have a FABULOUS Thanksgiving with your families!

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Mary Pom's Picks: 11 Books to Ready this Winter

Mary Pom Claiborne from the Knox County Public Library shares her pics for some cold weather reading.

East TN watch out - prepare for messy Thanksgiving travels

East Tennesseans prepare for messy Thanksgiving travels - snow is on the way!

If you going to hit the road tomorrow, do it soon rather than later. Heavy rains with a chance of sleet will arrive Tuesday. Rain is expected to turn to snow overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.

Mission of Hope kicks off Blue Barrel Christmas Campaign

Mission of Hope kicks off Blue Barrel Christmas Campaign

In our own backyard, there are thousands of people hungry and cold tonight. Thankfully, the Mission of Hope works all year to help ease the burden for our neighbors in rural Appalachia, and Friday, you can help make Christmas bright for thousands of children in that region.

The 18th annual Mission of Hope Blue Barrel Christmas campaign kicks off.

MAKE THIS: Yumm-tastic Pumpkin Fluff Dip

MAKE THIS: Yumm-tastic Pumpkin Fluff Dip

Ingredients:

1- 8 oz container of low fat whipped cream

1- 5.1 oz package of vanilla instant pudding mix

1- 15 oz can of pumpkin

1- ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix the canned pumpkin and whipped cream. Stir in the pudding mix and pumpkin pie spice. Refrigerate until serving. Serve with graham crackers or apples.