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Controversial smoke shop opens Friday

A Knoxville store, billed as "the largest head shop in the southern U.S.," will open their doors Friday -- not without some controversy from neighbors.

The 4,800 square foot Smoker's Paradise, will be located off Alcoa Highway in South Knoxville. The company is based in Morristown, and provides tobacco, incense, and adult novelties.

"We're getting our merchandise in. We're getting our stock shelved. We'll be ready," said manager Lisa Sweet, as the building, a former liquor store, is being transformed into a head shop.

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Alcoa Utilities Board truck involved in accident

Two people were injured when an Alcoa Utilities Board truck wrecked Tuesday.

The accident happened around 11:30 am on Sevierville Road.

The two people in the truck were transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

There's no word on what caused the accident.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. 

Canoeist dies after Smokies canoe accident

Update Tuesday 6:07 am

Blount Memorial Hospital has confirmed to 10News that Steve Senior has died.

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Crews rescued a canoeist trapped underwater at the "Sinks" in the Smokies on Monday afternoon.

Steve Senior from Bridgeport, Ontario was seriously hurt in the accident. The park says he was attending the "Ain't Louie Fest"

Woman hopes to open foundation for chronic illness patients

One Maryville woman is doing what she can to help people battling chronic illness.

Last spring, Dorothy Kincaid found out she had pancreatic cancer. Since then, she has made it her mission to get patients with low incomes the help they need.

Her foundation "The Beloved Community Outreach" introduced itself to Blount County at the St. Paul AME Zion Church where she attends.

Kincaid said she's inspired by the outpouring of support.

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Loudon woman faces murder charge in brother's 2011 drug death

Authorities arrested a Loudon woman on second-degree murder charges from a 2011 case involving prescription medication.

Alcoa Police said detectives arrested Kellie Geneba Abert, 43, after a Blount County grand jury returned a sealed indictment against her on Monday.

Officers found 39-year-old William R. Lawson of Greenback, Abert's brother, dead in a room at the Hampton Inn on International Avenue in Alcoa on August 4th, 2011. Investigators said at that point, the cause of death was suspicious.

Air quality visibly improved in Smokies

If you feel like you have been seeing more of the Great Smoky Mountains in recent years, a recent atmospheric study says you are correct.

A new Colorado State University study of air quality in national parks shows a major reduction in particle pollution in the air leading to and drastic increase in visibility.

Budget cuts could cut hours at McGhee Tyson airport control tower

Federal spending cuts could soon be felt at two Tennessee airports.

The FAA is looking at eliminating overnight shifts at more than 60 air traffic control facilities.   Both McGhee Tyson and Nashville's airport are on the list.

The FAA made the decision as it prepares for $600-million dollars in budget cuts.

According to the FAA, there's no final decision yet on operating hours.

McGhee Tyson officials say since most outgoing and incoming flights are scheduled before midnight, passengers wouldn't see much impact.