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Students raise, study, release rainbow trout


Some East Tennessee elementary students watched their science experiment swim away Friday afternoon.

Second graders at Maryville's Clayton-Bradley Academy teamed up with Trout Unlimited to raise two-hundred rainbow trout in their classroom.

They watched the eggs hatch in a 55 gallon tank, then watched the trout as they grow, learning more about the life cycle of the fish.

On Friday, the kids helped release the fish, which are still very small, into the Little River in Townsend.

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Maryville teen dies in head-on collision


State troopers confirmed a Maryville teenager died in a crash Thursday morning in Blount County.

The accident happened on Highway 411 in the Binfield community between Maryville and Greenback. A Tennessee Highway Patrol report shows 18-year-old Josha Matthews was driving southbound when his car crossed the northbound lanes and hit an oncoming truck head-on.

Officials said Matthews died and the truck driver wasn't hurt.

Maryville apartment hit by car for second time this year


For the second time this year, a car rolled down a hill and hit an apartment in Maryville.

Witnesses said an unoccupied car rolled down a hill from store's parking lot, across street, and hit the Garden Vale Apartments on Montvale Station Road just before 8 a.m.

The apartment's manager Caroline Coda said the car broke through the kitchen wall and woke up the tenant, but she wasn't hurt in the crash.

Coda said the incident Wednesday morning was déjà vu.

Pedestrian killed while walking on Hwy 321 in Friendsville


A Maryville man was killed early Monday morning while walking on Highway 321 in Friendsville.

According to the accident report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Virgil D. Jones, 23, was walking in the middle of the northbound lanes of the highway near Big Springs Road, when he was struck by two vehicles.

The accident happened at 5:23 am, so it was still dark.

No charges or citations are expected.


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Cracking down on crimes before they happen


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The holidays are almost here and law enforcement is offering tips for stopping some crimes before they happen.

Crimes like car thefts and home burglaries increase this time of year. Blount County deputies saw close to 100 burglaries in the last six weeks.

Kroger to open new location in Maryville


(WBIR) Kroger has started construction on a new store in Maryville, which is expected to create more than 250 jobs.

The 113,000-square-foot store is expected to open at 507 N. Foothills Plaza Drive in the fall of 2015. This will be the fourth Kroger Marketplace Store to open in the greater Knoxville area and will replace the current Oak Ridge store on Watkins Road.

Dogs found abandoned in mobile home


Blount County authorities are looking for a couple who may have abandoned their dogs in a mobile home.

Neighbors on Adkins Way in Louisville reported the dogs to the sheriff's department, who informed the Society of Prevention and Cruelty for Animals (SPCA).