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Mom: Blount Co. student killed while running errand

Mom: Blount Co. student killed while running errand

Amanda Moore spent Wednesday arranging an event no parent wants to endure: their child's memorial service.

Moore's 16-year-old daughter, Amelia Keown, was killed Tuesday afternoon in an accident on Highway 411.  Keown was a well-loved junior at William Blount High School where she held the title of "spirit leader" on the William Blount Dance Team.

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Update: Second person dies in Blount Co. Hwy 411 wreck

Update: Second person dies in Blount Co. Hwy 411 wreck

The Blount County School District confirms Amelia Keown attended William Blount High School. Keown was in the 11th grade and a member of the school's dance team.

Additional counselors are at William Blount Wednesday providing support to students and faculty. Chaplains with the Blount County Sheriff's Office are also at the school.

Update 9:59 a.m.

tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

As many high school seniors begin to prepare for college, one local scholarship program is gearing up for a higher number of applicants this year.

"tnAchieves" provides assistance to public school students who continue their education at a community college. In East Tennessee, those schools include Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, and Walter State Community college.

The "last dollar" scholarship provides funds to cover whatever tuition costs remain after financial aid and other scholarships.

Maryville Marine returns home to grand welcome

A Maryville Marine who's been in Afghanistan since January got a warm welcome home Monday.

Cpl. Jonathan Blake is back in East Tennessee on a 14-day leave.

A group of family and friends waited for him and welcomed him home when he got off the plane at McGhee Tyson Airport.

His wife flew in to see him all the way from Camp Pendleton, California, where the couple is stationed.

Corporal Blake said he's been looking forward to seeing his wife and family.

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Barley's to open second location in Maryville

Barley's to open second location in Maryville

An Old City restaurant known for its pizza, beer and live music will soon be opening a second location. The owner of "Barley's Tap Room and Pizzaria" says he is finalizing plans for a new spot in Downtown Maryville.

"Glad to hear about new neighbors, and bring some more attention to downtown," said Charles Irvine, who owns the Sullivan's restaurant directly across the street from the new Barley's location.

Irvine opened his own restaurant in 2003, with a strong belief in the downtown opportunity.

Maryville nursing home considers relocation

Maryville nursing home considers relocation

A Maryville nursing home forced to close in February plans to move to Louisville and reopen.

Colonial Hills Nursing Center had to close after losing its Medicare and Medicaid contracts as a result of six violations with the Tennessee Department of Health.

Life Care Centers of America, which operates the nursing home, announced Monday that it plans to relocate to Louisville and reopen, if an application for certificate of need is approved.

The proposed location is at 1965 Stewart Lane in Louisville.

Other changes will be part of the process as well.

Maryville microbreweries pass first reading

Maryville microbreweries pass first reading

Maryville may soon be home to a few microbreweries.

The Maryville City Council passed an ordinance allowing microbreweries in city limits. Council members voted unanimously Tuesday on the first reading.

The ordinance would allow beer manufacturers to sell for on-site or off-site drinking. It says manufacturers must produce at least 200 barrels each year.

The second and final reading is set for September.