Black Friday shopping kicks off in Knoxville Thanksgiving night

Black Friday shopping kicks off in Knoxville Thanksgiving night

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Shoppers scramble to get their hands on Rachel Ray cookware at Wal-Mart in Turkey Creek. Shoppers scramble to get their hands on Rachel Ray cookware at Wal-Mart in Turkey Creek.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year and this year it started a day early, on Thanksgiving.

Many retailers opened earlier than ever to accommodate Black Friday shoppers. Bob Newman, a 6 News viewer, shared video they shot at the Wal-Mart in Turkey Creek of customers scrambling to get their hands on some Rachel Ray cookware.

The video was taken around 6 pm when Wal-Mart's doors opened.

Wal-Mart was not the only store busy on Thanksgiving. West Town Mall was buzzing with customers beginning at 8pm on Thanksgiving. Many at the mall said the crowds were large, but not as big as they typically are in years past, when retailers opened at midnight on Black Friday.

Some shoppers expressed remorse for shopping on Thanksgiving, but after a long day with family and food, it was just what they needed to kick off the holiday shopping season.

Most Thanksgiving shopping in Knoxville seems to be fairly calm, but one impatient shopper in Newport wound up being tackled by police at the Wal-Mart store there. According to Newport's Police Chief, Maurice Shultz, a man demanded to buy sales items early and when he didn't get his way, he allegedly became disruptive.

When officers arrived, they noticed the man had a weapon believed to be a gun. After tackling the suspect, police discovered the weapon was actually a "fancy" knife. The suspect experienced a medical issue and was taken to an area hospital. No charges have been filed at this time. 

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