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Some of the country’s greatest innovators got their start right here in East Tennessee. WBIR’s Abby Hamm sits down with East Tennessee natives who took their bright ideas all the way from their roots to the big time, sharing the stories of their humble beginnings, straight from the heart

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Your Stories: Glenn Laiken

Your Stories: Glenn LaikenGlenn Laiken was Dr. Phil's personal designer. Now in Knoxville, he's working on Christian-based merchandise.
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Your Stories: Cruze Dairy Farm

Your Stories: Cruze Dairy FarmThe Cruze Family serves up fresh milk and ice cream from their farm with a sweet southern smile.
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Your Stories: Larry Simcox

Your Stories: Larry SimcoxPeanuts, cracker jacks and Larrry Simcox. His name is synonymous with East Tennessee baseball and he's still hitting a homerun here locally.
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Your Stories: Edie Wadsworth

Your Stories: Edie WadsworthA fun-loving, colorful and very popular blogger lives right here in East Tennessee in Bean Station. She writes from the comfort of her gorgeous home surrounded by inspiration.
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Your Stories: Sandra G. Spencer

Your Stories: Sandra G. SpencerThere is a woman in West Knoxville who helps make that special day even more special with her sweet spirit and sewing skills.
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Your Stories: Patricia Nash

Your Stories: Patricia NashDooney & Bourke, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, you likely know these names, you might even carry one of their handbags. But there's an up and coming name in the same league as these big time brands, Patricia Nash. And she calls East Tennessee home.
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Your Stories: Steve Hamer

Your Stories: Steve HamerYou might think professional athletes are in a different world, but one local man who played professional basketball is about as down to earth as it gets.
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Your Stories: LiL iFFy

Your Stories: LiL iFFyThe 'Greatest Wizard Rapper Alive' (according to mtvU) lives right here in East Tennessee. He raps about all things Harry Potter and he's serious about his craft.
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Your Stories: Katy Richardson

Your Stories: Katy RichardsonTis' the season for New Year's resolutions and one of the most popular is to get fit. One woman is helping local men and women do just that using a ballet barre.
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Your Stories: The Waters' crazy Christmas card tradition

Your Stories: The Waters' crazy Christmas card traditionFor 30 years, the Waters family has been pushing the envelope with their Christmas cards.
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Your Stories: Riverplains Farm

Your Stories: Riverplains FarmAcre upon acre of rolling farmland. Livestock grazing in the fields. A hayride filled with big smiles. It's just another day on the Niceley family farm in Strawberry Plains, Riverplains Farm.
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Your Stories: Ed Russell

Your Stories: Ed RussellFriday marks 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a day that forever changed a nation. As we reflect on that day, we meet a local man who spent his life making sure a similar tragedy never happened again.
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Your Stories: Travis Wyrick, music producer

Your Stories: Travis Wyrick, music producerIt's not easy for musicians to put out a number one hit, but it is easier if Travis Wyrick is in their corner. He's a music producer at the top of his game who turns band members into rock stars. And it all happens in his West Knoxville studio.
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Your Stories: Photo Barn

Your Stories: Photo BarnAlmost 100,000 likes on Facebook, tens of thousands of orders a year, a record breaking item on the discount site Groupon. People across the country are eagerly placing orders to get their pictures printed on wood, on burlap, on blocks.
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Your Stories: Buddy's BBQ

Your Stories: Buddy's BBQA local family has taken a small restaurant started by their parents and made it into a local BBQ empire.
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Your Stories: Dr Bill Bass

Your Stories: Dr Bill BassDr Bill Bass
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Your Stories: Blackberry Farm

Your Stories: Blackberry FarmAbby Ham visits Blackberry Farm
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Your Stories: Larsen Jay

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Your Stories: Dr. Greenacre

Your Stories: Dr. GreenacreA wounded chicken, a guinea pig with a hernia, you name it and one prominent veterinarian at the UT Vet School has seen it.
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Miley's wily career moves pay off

Miley's wily career moves pay offThe pop star's antics are causing controversy, but does she have a longer game in mind?
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Miley Cyrus mocks herself in 'SNL' promo

Miley Cyrus mocks herself in 'SNL' promomocking her twerk-filled Video Music Awards gig was first and foremost.
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Home Builders Association preps for Parade of Homes

Home Builders Association preps for Parade of HomesFor information about the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville’s Parade of Homes visit www.hbaknoxville.com
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Jennifer Lawrence cuddles up with Liam on set

Jennifer Lawrence cuddles up with Liam on setJennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth film a scene on set of the third 'Hunger Games' movie, 'Mockingjay', in Georgia.
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Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth snuggle on set

Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth snuggle on setJennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth film a pensive scene on set of the third 'Hunger Games' movie, 'Mockingjay', in Georgia.
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Pictures show Justin Bieber being carried up Great Wall

Pictures show Justin Bieber being carried up Great WallEvery day it seems Justin Bieber does something to make the people who can't stand him loathe him just a little bit more.
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Justin Bieber Has Bodyguards Carry Him Up Great Wall of China

Justin Bieber Has Bodyguards Carry Him Up Great Wall of ChinaJustin Bieber took his crazy behavior to a whole new level, by making his bodyguards carry him up the Great Wall of China.
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The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry is engaged

The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry is engagedThe blond spitfire lead singer in The Band Perry said "yes" on Monday night when her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half proposed at Perry's parent's house in Greeneville, Tenn.
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Miley Cyrus Wants to Be Like Dolly Parton

Miley Cyrus Wants to Be Like Dolly PartonMiley Cyrus reveals that she wants to be like Dolly Parton, because Dolly doesn't let people's judgment define her.
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Listen Up: 'Bangerz' offers Miley gawkers an eyeful

Listen Up: 'Bangerz' offers Miley gawkers an eyefulCyrus' much-hyped new album is streaming on iTunes ahead of its on-sale date.
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Your Stories: Marilyn Archer Fun Day

Your Stories: Marilyn Archer Fun DayTwo caring parents wanted to bring happiness to their mentally disabled daughter and in turn they brought happiness to hundreds of others who now look forward to one day every year.
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