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Man injured during hike at the Sinks


(WBIR - Blount County)

Update - 8:45 p.m. Monday

An Indiana man was flown to UT Medical Center for a serious head injury Monday evening while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park officials say rangers responded to a call of an injurd hiker at about 5:30. They found Michael Taylor Noblitt, 21, of Carmel, Indiana, who fell about 10 feet from a bank onto a rock while hiking The Sinks trail.

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Course gives low income women new skills


(WBIR-Maryville) The New Opportunity School for Women at Maryville College held a graduation ceremony today for its first graduating class.

The school is a three-week program for middle-aged low-income women to improve their educational, financial, and personal circumstances. Nine women graduated today from five East Tennessee counties.

One graduate says the program has inspired her to get a college degree when she might not have considered it before.

Maryville students head back to school


(WBIR) It's back to the books for Maryville City School students.

Students at Foothills Elementary hopped off the bus Wednesday morning ready to take on another school year. But this year, the district is launching a new initiative - a transition to digital learning call iReach.

The goal is for all students across the district to have laptops or iPads in the next two years. Many teachers spent the summer training on new the technology, and the principal said they're ready.

Grocery store wine will be on ballot in Maryville & Alcoa


Add two more communities to the list where wine lovers may soon be able to pick up a bottle or two at the grocery store.

The Blount County Election Commission confirms that they have verified enough signatures to get the measure on the ballots in Maryville and Alcoa.

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Sen. Alexander kicks off campaign bus tour of Tenn.


(WBIR) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander kicked off Friday a 35-stop bus tour of Tennessee.

The two-week "Standing up for Tennessee" bus tour began in Maryville, the senator's hometown. Before he left from Sullivan's on W. Broadway Avenue in Maryville at 11:30 a.m., he voted at the Blount County Commission.

Alexander said that the tour was inspired by his political mentor, Howard Baker Jr., who toured the state by train and bus during his re-election campaign.

Trainer accused of horse soring back in court


(WBIR-Maryville) The man accused of abusing Tennessee Walking horses at his Maryville barn was back in court Wednesday.

Larry Jo Wheelon is accused of "soring" the horses, or using chemicals and other methods to accentuate the horse's signature gait in competitions.

Wheelon is a recognized name in the Walking Horse industry, with accolades and awards for his work in the field.

Gun-friendly Maryville restaurant gets national attention


A Maryville restaurant owner who says guns are welcome on her property is gaining national attention.

Sharma Floyd posted a sign at Shiloh Brew and Chew more than two months ago telling customers they are allowed to carry a weapon inside the establishment.