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Fort Dickerson’s Augusta Quarry to close as work begins on upgrades

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Augusta Quarry will be closed starting March 4 as crews begin major upgrades at Fort Dickerson Park that will offer visitors new swimming options and other amenities.

The nine-month project is expected to add restrooms, an expanded overlook, an improved pedestrian path to the water, and a new floating beach and swim platforms. The new amenities are expected to open in late fall.

 

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National Pig Day, Local Celebrity “Kevin Bacon” at Zoo Knoxville and other Animals you can Experience!

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Friday, March 1 is National Pig Day! We are meeting a huge celebrity around Knoxville at Zoo Knoxville. His name is Kevin Bacon, and he is a pig that stands as one of their ambassador animals.

Kevin Bacon is a Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig, and he lives in the Kids Cove area with the goats and donkeys. You can often find Kevin Bacon strolling along at the zoo and other animals, as well!

 

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Dalton Knecht’s explosive second half leads Vols past No. 11 Auburn

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Fourth-ranked Tennessee’s bid for the SEC regular season title lives on after a 92-84 home win over No. 11 Auburn. With the Tigers and South Carolina just one game back of Tennessee and Alabama in the standings, Wednesday’s game was a must-win.

Once again, the driving force behind the winning performance was Dalton Knecht. He poured in a game-high 39 points as he tied his career-high set against Florida earlier this year. Knecht exploded in the second half as 27 of his 39 points came in the final 20 minutes of play.

 

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Construction on schedule for $114M downtown Knoxville stadium

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The Tennessee Smokies minor league baseball team’s new home at Knoxville’s multi-use stadium is coming together.

The Knoxville Sports Authority held its second meeting of 2024 on Tuesday. Progress on the multiuse stadium in East Knoxville is continuing on schedule with the roofing on the suite level now nearly complete.

 

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Cooler temperatures with more rain to end the week

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 Temperatures are much cooler heading into the end of the week. We will track more on-and-off showers by the end of the week as well.

Join us on the WVLT First Alert Weather app for iPhone or Android, so you can stay informed on the go and in between newscasts. We share custom videos, plus you can choose to get messages from us on the latest conditions and forecasts.

 

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Multiple roads blocked in Loudon County as storms move through

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As strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to move through the area, the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office shared that multiple roads have been blocked.

LCSO said that the affected roads include Beals Chapel Road, Lakeland Drive, Martel Road, Shaw Ferry Road, Conkinnon Drive, Ford Road, Sugarlimb Road, Simpson Road, Browder School Road, Crock Road and many roads inside the city limits of Lenoir City.

 

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Tennessee softball roundup: Perfect game tossed, Kiki Milloy breaks record

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Tennessee softball went out to California for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic and rewrote the school record book this past weekend.

From Karlyn Pickens tossing a perfect game to Kiki Milloy breaking the career home runs record, it was a memorable trip out west.

Here’s the rundown from the week of softball.

 

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Knoxville event shines light on underdiagnosed heart condition in African Americans

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February is Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women but in many sub-groups, the risk is even higher. A local organization is getting the word out about an underdiagnosed medical condition that the African American population is especially at risk of developing.

It’s a condition you probably haven’t heard much about, amyloidosis. Amyloidosis is a disease that occurs when a protein called amyloid builds up in organs.

 

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Proposed bill could increase minimum wage to $20 per hour in Tennessee

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A new bill introduced to the state senate is asking to raise the current minimum wage in Tennessee from $7.25 an hour to $20 an hour.

“The reality is, that most Tennesseans are not making a living wage,” said co-author of the bill, Representative Gloria Johnson.

Tennessee is one of only seven states in America using the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

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Knox County Schools improves in state ranking from ‘needs improvement’ to ‘satisfactory’

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 The largest school district in East Tennessee has improved its ranking with the state, and a fourth of its schools received the highest “reward” ranking.

Knox County Schools received a “satisfactory” ranking, the second-highest rating from the Tennessee Department of Education. The ranking was improved from KCS being “in need of improvement.”

 

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