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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.

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Police: Man gave alcohol to 13-year-old before sexually assaulting her


(WBIR) Alcoa police said a Rockford man gave alcohol to a 13-year-old girl before he sexually assaulted her.

On Tuesday, authorities arrested Cory Taylor Bell, 25, for aggravated statutory rape and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

70 years later, Purple Heart returns to East TN family


ID=10103329(WBIR-Maryville) Several people gathered in Maryville to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and to return a special award to its rightful home.

Woman sentenced for $428K theft of education funds


(WBIR) A former Alcoa City Schools employee will spend 40 months behind bars after admitting to stealing money from the Department of Education.

Kathy Winters, 58, of Harriman, pleaded guilty in May to stealing government funds.

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Louisville woman dies in Blount Co. crash


(WBIR) A Louisville woman died in a car crash Thursday morning, which is Blount County's fifth fatal wreck in about a month.

The crash happened at about 7 a.m. on Miser Station Road near Middlesettlements Elementary School.Deputies said Misty Noble, 28, lost control of her car, hit a tree and flipped.

Officials said she wasn't wearing a seat belt and was thrown 40 feet from the car.


Habitat For Humanity opens two new homes, plans more work


Two East Tennessee families are proud homeowners after moving into their new houses.

The Blount County Habitat for Humanity dedicated two houses Tuesday in Alcoa, and threw a block party to celebrate.

Habitat For Humanity built every house in the neighborhood. The organization says these homes are just the beginning.

Remote Area Medical moves headquarters to Rockford


(WBIR) Remote Area Medical is settling into its new headquarters in Rockford and plans to host an open house in July.

The free medical-care provider began moving out of its old building in Knox County at the beginning of the year to its new headquarters on Stock Creek Boulevard in Rockford. The new building is large enough to store its mobile clinic units and supplies.

The building will also serve as a hub for affiliate support and training. The official ribbon cutting was Tuesday.