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Teen dies after battling bone cancer, leukemia

An 18-year-old girl who battled both bone cancer and leukemia for years has passed away. Doctors say Claire Hayes died Thursday morning.

Just a few days ago, Claire and her family invited our cameras inside the family's Paris themed parted. Claire wanted to go to France with her sister, Emma, but was unable to. So instead, Emma brought Paris to her with a surprise party.

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11-year-old in custody after writing threatening letter

An  11-year-old middle school student is in custody after officials say she admitted to writing a threatening letter that targeted school personnel.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office says the threat happened at Heritage Middle School. Deputies say the student wrote the letter out of anger because she got in trouble at school. The sheriff's office says the girl has no access to any weapons, and no other students were involved.

She's charged with delinquency by civil rights intimidation, and is being held at the Blount County Juvenile Detention Center.

150 new jobs are latest in Blount Co. job spike

Tuesday Windham Professionals announced they are adding 150 new jobs to their Alcoa business center and 95 jobs in Hendersonville.

The Blount Partnership, who recruited the New Hampshire company here less than two years ago, says these are high paying jobs.

"These jobs are the type that's been on a strategic list of employment opportunities we want to provide for our citizens. So these would definitely be filling a need in our community," said Bryan Daniels, Blount Partnership's CEO and President.

Man shot, arrested in Maryville police standoff

Update 4:30 p.m.

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Maryville woman pleads guilty to sexual relationship with teenage boys

(WBIR-Maryville) A Maryville woman accused of having sexual relationships with two teenage boys pleaded guilty to felony rape charges.

Court documents show 43-year-old Teresa Forester had relationships with a 14-year-old and 16-year-old. She pleaded guilty earlier this week to two counts of aggravated statutory rape.

A judge setenced her to 4 years in prison.  Forestser must register as a sex offender.

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Weather team could be cut at McGhee Tyson Airport

Weather observers at McGhee Tyson Airport said they are concerned about safety for pilots and passengers after their contracts through the FAA were only extended through the end of May.

Budget cuts from sequestration are prompting the FAA to reduce spending. While the FAA said the contract weather observers, or CWO, are budgeted through the fiscal year, which ends September 30th, local observers said they were told the contracts are only good through the next 60 days.