Bill Williams, former co-anchor of 10 News, retired in December 2000 as one of East Tennessee's most highly respected broadcast journalists.
He was called back to the anchor desk for most of 2006 when his former replacement, Ted Hall, left Channel 10. Now, he has officially "retired" again, although Bill will still be seen on Channel 10 broadcasting some of his favorite projects.
He co-hosts the Childrens Miracle Network Telethon every year, and is continuing his work with "Mission of Hope," an outreach program to aid the people trapped in the pockets of poverty in the mountains of rural Appalachia. The "Mission of Hope" began in 1996, in response to reports Bill had broadcast on the plight of the poor in the mountains.
Bill made a difference in the lives of hundreds of young people through the Monday's Child adoption program. Bill started the series back in 1980. More than a thousand of the special needs children he introduced on the program have found permanent homes and loving families..
Of the many awards Bill has received from the broadcast industry and the community at large, among the most prized are the "Silver Circle Award" from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree conferred on him by Carson Newman College
Semi-retirement for Bill will continue to be far from "retiring." In addition to his continuing projects at Channel 10 he appears frequently before community and church groups. Still, he and his wife Wanda have more hours for their favorite activity - spending time with their three grandchildren.