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Convicted sex offender arrested for failing to register in Maryville

Convicted sex offender arrested for failing to register in Maryville

A convicted sex offender who officials say has habitually failed to register as a sex offender has been arrested in Blount County.

According to the U.S. Marshal James T. Fowler, Todd Aldridge, 50, was taken into custody Thursday morning in Maryville.

Aldridge was originally convicted in December 1999 in Michigan of Criminal Sexual Conduct for attempted sexual contact with his then 18 year old daughter.

Since then, he's been arrested multiple times for failing to register as a sex offender in different states. 

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Blount Co. manufacturer is expanding

Blount Co. manufacturer is expanding

An East Tennessee manufacturer is adding a new production line and expanding its facility.

Aesseal is marking 20 years in the community with a $3.3 million expansion at its Rockford location.

The company says the project will add 15,000 square feet to the site. Construction will start immediately.

Aesseal manufactures mechanical seals, which are environmental containment products used on all types of rotating equipment in process industries.

The company first came to Blount County in 2008.

Blount County's largest tractor is SOLD

Blount County's largest tractor is SOLD

The largest Massey-Ferguson tractor in Blount County has a new home.

Bailey Farms owner Don Bailey finalized an agreement Tuesday morning to buy the enormous machine. The model has a 167 gallon fuel tank, 6.5 foot rear tires, even a navigation system. It retails for $500,000.

Tyler Brothers Farm Equipment, who sold the tractor, says the size will prove beneficial.

Maryville tops Alcoa in ESPN-televised game

ESPN brought one of East Tennessee's best rivalries to the national stage on Sunday afternoon.

Maryville and Alcoa moved their annual match-up to a noon kickoff on Sunday to accommodate ESPN.

About 9,000 fans were in attendance to witness two of the state's best programs playing in front of a national audience.

Maryville came out on top, defeating Alcoa 42-24.

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Suspect killed in chase may be connected to Blount Co. crimes

Suspect killed in chase may be connected to Blount Co. crimes

Authorities have released the name of a man killed in a crash in Grainger County, that followed a high-speed chase in Claiborne County.

THP says Kyle Brooks, 51, was killed.  Brooks' passenger, Chase Starkey, 19, of Knoxville was injured.  He was taken to UT Medical Center, where his condition is not being released.

Stone House Manor is home to antiques and art

Stone House Manor is home to antiques and art

It was a two story house that was home to families over the years. Now it's a two story business that is home to antiques and art.

"Stone House is a dream come true. My husband and I are both retired and it's always been on our bucket list to have an antique shop," Maggie Crawford said.

Maggie and Richard Crawford converted the residence to a business and filled it with their own antiques and more.

"The antiques, most of them are local. This particular dining room suite came out of an estate out in Jackson Hills," she said.

Maryville man killed in early morning crash

Maryville man killed in early morning crash

A Maryville man was killed early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle accident in Blount County.

According to the fatality report issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Lewis C. Kirby, 56, was driving north on Montvale Hwy. around 3:30 am when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, partially ejecting Kirby from the vehicle.  The vehicle then swerve back across the road and hit two trees.  Kirby was thrown from the vehicle and killed.  The report says he was not wearing a seatbelt.

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