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Unusual number of Blount Co. write-in candidates


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(WBIR-Maryville) There will be several people receiving votes during the August election in Blount County without technically having their names on the ballots.

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Blount County warns of phone scam


The Blount County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a phone scam where the caller claims he's a police officer and asks for money.

In this scam, the caller says they are a law enforcement officer and uses the name of someone in the sheriff's department. They demand a credit card payment for late fines or court fees and says if you don't pay, you'll be arrested.

The sheriff's office says they do not collect fines and fees over the phone, and would never request personal information for money.

Owner: Bear killed two dogs in Townsend


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(WBIR-Townsend) A woman in Townsend believes bears killed her two dogs this past weekend near her property on Johnson Mountain Way.

Maryville couple separates to keep health insurance


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(WBIR-Maryville) Linda Drain said the day she said "I do" was the best day of her life.

"I believe that my marriage is about commitment and love and support. It's been a very important thing to me," she said.

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Lack of rain affects Little River and nearby attractions


(WBIR- Townsend) According to U.S. Geological Survey data for the week of June 29 through July 6, the Little River was at its lowest level on July 6 since 2008.

The data showed that the river was a little more than a foot deep today compared with around four feet deep a year ago.

Businesses in Townsend that depend on the Little River, like River Rage Tubing, are welcoming the hot, dry weather after a rainy summer in 2013.

Blount School Board will wait on new books, roof repairs


Blount County students may have to wait a little longer for some new textbooks.

This week, the Board of Education voted against a proposal to use reserve funds to pay for new Social Studies textbooks and roof repairs to two elementary schools.

Townsend showing slow growth since early 1900s


ID=12113493(WBIR) Townsend is sometimes referred to as the "quiet side of the Smokies" and for good reason. The city is tucked away in Blount County and has seen very little growth since the early 1900s.