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Maryville man facing child rape charges


(WBIR) A 53-year-old Maryville man has been charged with two counts of rape of a child.

According to Maryville Police, Stephen Stringfield was brought in for questioning Friday night and confessed to sexually assaulting a young girl on two different occasions last year.

Police said the victim, who was five-years-old at the time, told her parents in early June of this year about the incident.

Authorities began an investigation, which led them to bringing Stringfield in on Friday.

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Economic debuts and departures in Townsend


(WBIR-Townsend) There have been plenty of additions to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in the last few months, with the openings of Margaritaville and soon Paula Deen's restaurant.

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Maryville woman is 6th traffic fatality in county in 6 weeks


The Blount County Sheriff's Office is investigating its sixth traffic fatality in six weeks.

Sherff James Lee Berrong said Mary Angel Cooper, 21, of Maryville, was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Monday morning.

Cooper was driving a Jeep Cherokee east on Rocky Branch Road near Fred Jennings Road at around 12:30 am when she lost control going around a curve. The jeep ran off the road, rolled onto its top and hit a tree on the driver's side. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

City of Alcoa workers could see pay raise


Employees in the city of Alcoa could soon see a boost in pay.

The city's commissioners approved a pay scale adjustment this week without a tax increase.

Under the new plan, all employees will receive at least $750 more dollars each year. Some could see an increase of up to two and a half percent of their current salary.

The proposal still needs to pass on a second reading. Commissioners will take it up again at a special called meeting next Thursday.


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Maryville College dining room gets fresh. techy facelift


While the students are on summer break, Maryville College is renovating its campus dining hall.

Crews have stripped the Margaret Ware Dining Room in Pearsons Hall to the bare bones.

They'll be turning the dining room into a modern, environmentally-friendly place to eat. When they return for the fall, students will enjoy local food, prepared fresh.

The dining room will also get some high-tech upgrades.

Family of osprey build nest on Louisville power pole


(WBIR) A family of osprey have once again built their nest on top of a power pole.

The city of Alcoa Electric Department put a platform up on its power line off Topside Road last year. The birds kept putting branches and limbs on the power lines, which knocked out power to customers. So crews built the platform to keep the power on and the birds happy.

Look Rock closed next week for vandalized radio repairs


The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will close Look Rock tower and trail next week, so that vandalized radio equipment can be repaired.

In April, the Blount County Sheriff's Office noticed that their radio communication was becoming intermittent. When officials checked the radio equipment, which is located on the tower at Look Rock, they discovered that vandals had damaged it with rocks.