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Friendsville woman killed in Saturday crash

A 63-year-old woman was killed in a four-vehicle crash in Maryville Saturday morning.

Police Chief Tony Crisp said Vivian Haum, of Friendsville, slammed into the back of a vehicle in front of her at the intersection. Crisp said she died from injuries in the crash.

The accident on US 321 caused a chain reaction involving four vehicles, including the Haum's.

Two passengers in Haum's vehicle were transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Crisp said they are expected to be ok.

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Commissioners send Blount Co. wheel tax to voters

Voters will get to decide if Blount County adds a wheel tax.

Thursday, county commissioners approved putting the proposal on the ballot for a special election in June. The tax money would be used to help the nearly $7 million deficit the school system expects to face next school year.

The proposed wheel tax would be $35 for every vehicle and $17.50 per motorcycle.

Before voting to put the proposal before voters, commissioners voted that any future increase in the wheel tax would have to be approved by voters.

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.