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Starry Night Knoxville raising money for MRI goggles, benefits kids with brain tumors

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A group in Knoxville, focused on helping kids with brain tumors, is raising money for new tech to help ease the anxiety behind MRI scans.

Every day, 13 children are diagnosed with a brain tumor in the United States. Currently, over 28,000 kids across the country live with a brain tumor diagnosis.

That number is unsettling for Sarah Hamilton. That’s why she wants to raise money to help ease that pain.

Hamilton and her husband started Starry Night Knoxville because her son Brody was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015. He was in second grade.

The Hamiltons dedicate their time and efforts toward helping other families going through something similar.

“We didn’t have really a network in Knoxville and we wanted to create one,” Sarah Hamilton said. “So we reached out to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to fundraise on behalf of them.”

The annual race is set for Sunday. The funds raised will help East Tennessee Children’s Hospital have the technology to put fewer kids to sleep during MRIs.

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Downtown Knoxville getting in the spooky season for Halloween

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Spiders, ghosts and zombies are coming to downtown Knoxville as a part of the Wicked Cool atmosphere. From Oct. 15-31, 3D installations, spooky photo spots, zombie walks and more can be found throughout Market Square, Gay Street, the Old City and surrounding areas.

“There is truly something magical about downtown Knoxville, and we wanted to bring that to the forefront this year for Halloween,” said Michele Hummel, executive director of the Downtown Knoxville Alliance. “Wicked Cool is a first-of-its-kind event for the city, and we’re excited to have so many local businesses involved. From sweet treats to apparel and accessories to themed cocktails, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

Throughout downtown Knoxville, there will be eight photo shots, including a bat selfie station, a ghostly laboratory and a costume photo contest. To find all of the photo spots, download the map here. Speaking of a photo contest, to enter take a picture in costume in front of the Tennessee Theatre, then share it on Facebook or Instagram with #knoxhalloween. The winners will be announced on social media on November 10.

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Lend a hand for Helping Mamas Knoxville

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The Sarah Circle of Fountain City United Methodist Church is asking the community to step up for Helping Mamas Knoxville. Helping Mamas works with 30 different agencies in East Tennessee to distribute baby supplies to low-income families: diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, whatever is needed to care for these children. The Sarah Circle decided on a Diaper Drive.

Long time FCUMC member Sarah Greene is the chair of the Sarah Circle (how apropos is that?). She said the drive fits in with the organization’s mission to serve women, children and youth.

“The way we got involved was I heard about Helping Mamas through a friend,” Greene said. “Their mission as a non-profit matches with our mission in our community as well as worldwide.”

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Covenant Kids Run “Marathon” to kickoff at Zoo Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Children from across East Tennessee will soon be taking the first steps to completing a marathon. On August 28, Zoo Knoxville will host a one-mile fun run that will act as the start of the Covenant Kids Run.

“The Covenant Kids Run Kickoff is an exciting challenge for local children,” said Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Race Director Jason Altman. “Zoo Knoxville provides a beautiful backdrop for the event, and kids and their families can enjoy exploring the zoo during and after the run.”

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Tips: How to know if your child is ready for kindergarten

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — With kids back in school across East Tennessee, many parents had to make the decision if their child should start kindergarten.

It’s a tough one.

The truth is there’s not a “one size fits all” approach.

“Development is not the same in every child, they come from different experiences a lot of those things go into play,” said pediatrician Dr. Deborah Christiansen. “Trying to decide whether your child is ready to do that is not necessarily an easy question.”

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7-year-old with Olympic dreams meets Olympic cyclists in Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — On Saturday, children got the chance to race against members of the USA Olympic Cycling team, and for Jamison Torrence, the chance was another step closer to his dream of becoming an Olympian.

The racecourse was South Gay Street and it went between Church Avenue and Cumberland Avenue. It was shorter than what the pros are used to, but it gave children, like Jamison, the opportunity to experience a pro-road race.

“They are on Cloud 9!” Michelle Torrence, Jamison’s mother, said. “We had a great morning at Olympic Day in downtown Knoxville! The boys got to ride side-by-side with the Olympians who are on their way to Tokyo to represent the United States! Super cool to meet them and get their autographs.”

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New partnership calls for increase in community engagement in Tennessee’s foster care system

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Gov. Bill Lee and first lady Maria Lee have announced a new partnership between the governor’s office, the state Department of Children’s Services, and two nonprofits they say will help Tennessee become the example for the nation when it comes to helping children in foster care find safe and loving homes.

Maria Lee sat down with WATE 6 On Your Side recently. She told us, “It’s going to take all of our communities and neighbors across the state.”

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UScellular donates $30,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley

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The donation supports K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and academic enrichment programs for club members and is part of $1 million pledged to support 20 Boys & Girls Clubs across the company’s service areas.

The donation supports K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and academic enrichment programs for club members and is part of $1 million pledged to support 20 Boys & Girls Clubs across the company’s service areas.

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Girl Scouts hosting drive-thru last call for cookies at West Town Mall

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — It’s coming down to cookie crunch time.

The Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians are hosting a drive-thru event to sell their final boxes of unsold cookies in East Tennessee. The Girl Scout Cookies booth will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the West Town Mall parking lot.

Cookie sales are down 30% and the nonprofit has about 100,000 boxes of cookies left.

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