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Alcoa builds brine-making facility

Alcoa builds brine-making facility

ALCOA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Smoky Mountains foothills city of Alcoa has built its own brine-making facility in preparation for winter weather.

The Daily Times reported the city used about $32,000 in state street aid funds to build the mixing tank, which is about the size of a two-car garage.

Front-end loaders will dump rock salt into the tank as water is pumped in from below. Equipment in the tank mixes the two into brine that has about a 24 percent saline content.

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Amelia Keown remembered at William Blount home-opener

Amelia Keown remembered at William Blount home-opener

A high school student who couldn't attend her school's home opener Friday was there in spirit, thanks to her classmates.

16-year-old Amelia Keown died in a car wreck Tuesday afternoon on Highway 411.

She attended William Blount where she was on the dance team, and on Friday students organized a "pink out" where they all wore pink to remember her before the game against Sevier County. They also released balloons.

THP says 44-year-old John Perkins crossed into Keown's lane of traffic and crashed into her vehicle. He also died.

Foothills Mall evacuated after threat against Carmike Cinemas

Foothills Mall evacuated after threat against Carmike Cinemas

The evacuation of the Foothills Mall in Maryville and extra police presence at several Knoxville movie theaters was in response to a nationwide threat against Carmike Cimemas.

Authorities say someone called the corporate offices of Carmike Cinemas in Columbus, Georgia, saying that multiple bombs had been planted at theaters across the country.

In Maryville, the theater and mall were evacuated while the building was searched.  No devices were found.

William Blount student remembered

William Blount student remembered

Hundreds of people said 'good-bye' Thursday evening to 16-year-old William Blount High School student Amelia Keown.

 

Keown died in a car wreck Tuesday on Highway 411.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says a trooper clocked the other driver speeding before the  head-on collision.

Keown was a leader on her high school's dance team and her teammates will honor her Friday before William Blount High's football game at 7:30 p.m.

 

The preacher at her service told the packed church it wasn't time for crying, but laughter.

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90-year-old Maryville woman's wish comes true

90-year-old Maryville woman's wish comes true

At the age of 90, lifelong Maryville resident Jean Gregory has had a full and robust life.

However, this widow who resides in the Brookdale Senior Living Center had one wish: to meet her favorite band, the Gaither Vocal Band.

"They just fille me up with the spirit... I really enjoy all of them singing," Ms. Gregory said.

As part of the program Wish of a Lifetime, who helps senior citizens with wishes, she got to see the popular Bill Gaither and the quartet of gospel singers Thursday night at the Tennessee Theatre.

Sales tax increase to be on Nov. ballot in Blount Co.

Sales tax increase to be on Nov. ballot in Blount Co.

Blount County commissioners voted in favor of putting a sales tax referendum on the November ballot.

In a 19-to-1 vote Thursday, the commission agreed to let voters decide whether to increase the sales tax from 2.25% to 2.75%.

The director of Blount County schools called for the referendum. Earlier this month, Alcoa voters approved a tax increase.

All voters except those in Alcoa can vote on the countywide measure in November.

Hundreds attend Blount Co. teen's funeral

Hundreds of people attended the funeral service Thursday evening for 16-year-old Blount High School student Amelia Keown.

Keown died in a car wreck Tuesday afternoon on Highway 411.

Her sister says she'll remember Amelia as her role model and leader. Friends say she was funny and loyal.

Amelia danced on her high school's team.

The team will also honor her Friday during the high school's football game.