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Woman charged for shooting at officers through hotel door

(WBIR) A woman who fired at police officers through a hotel door has now been charged.

According to Blount Co. Sheriff James Berrong, Paula J. Silver, 43, of Maryville, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of felony reckless endangerment.

She is being held at the Blount County Detention Facility under bonds totaling $15,500. She is scheduled to appear in court on January 31.

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Blount County authorities arrested a Maryville woman on Sunday after she shot at several police officers from inside a hotel room.

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Blackberry Farm wins Good Food Award

An East Tennessee fine dining restaurant is getting some national attention for its food.

Blackberry Farm received a 2014 Good Food Award. The award recognizes the best food like beer, chocolate, preserves, and cheese from across the country.

Blackberry Farm's "Downer Brown cheese" won in the cheese division. The head cheese-maker uses sheep's milk and Blackberry Farm's beer to make it.

A Nashville creamery also won an award.

All the food from the award winners were made without the use of hormones, herbicides, or pesticides.

Truck runs into business, no one injured

A truck in Maryville rammed into the office of a used car business.

It happened around 7 o'clock Friday evening off Lamar Alexander Parkway at Auto Solutions.

Dispatch says there were no injuries, but that the car went through part of the office.

No word on any charges at this time.

Alcoa businesses help conserve energy


(WBIR, Alcoa) - On Thursday, TVA asked all electric power customers to voluntarily reduce their use of electricity. That request was lifted around noon Friday, but not before some of Alcoa's biggest power customers did their part to conserve energy.

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Two free apps will help plan your Smoky Mountain vacation

The Blount Partnership has launched a driving tour mobile app that provides a history of Cades Cove, GPS mapping, voice narration and historical photos to add to visitors' experience as they explore the Cove. Cell service doesn't reach into the park, but the developers said all the content in the app will work without a connection if it's downloaded in advance.

IQ appeal denied for TN death row inmate

A convicted murderer sentenced to death row lost an appeal hearing in Blount County.

61-year-old James Anderson Dellinger was sentenced to death in 1996 along with his accomplice, 48-year-old Gary Wayne Sutton.

Prosecutors say the duo killed 25-year-old Tommy Griffin in Walland then killed his sister, Connie Griffin Branham, in Sevier County.

Dellinger wanted to submit new evidence that would overturn an earlier court decision that placed his IQ greater than 70. Under state law, a person with an IQ lower than 70 cannot be sentenced to death.

TBI: Missing East TN teen could be in Nashville area

Authorities searching for a missing teenage girl from East Tennessee believe she could be in Nashville, Mt. Juliet or Smyrna.

Whitney L. Edmonds was last seen on Saturday in her grandparents' Maryville home, according to a statement from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Police in Mt. Juliet found her car abandoned there on Sunday.

"Whitney may be in the Nashville, Mt. Juliet or Smyrna area," the TBI said in the statement.