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Family of Maryville marine blames PTSD, not police for his death

We often hear the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when we talk about our veterans fighting wars. But a Maryville marine's family says it became all too real for them a few weeks ago.

Friday the family laid Theodore Jones IV or "TJ" to rest at East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

"He gave his all to the country and it was important to be able to give him the honors that he deserved," said Jones' sister, Stephanie Kirk. "He was proud to be a marine. He was proud to stand for his country."

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Jamaican drive thru is Caribbean with a southern twist

You can experience the taste of the Caribbean here in East Tennessee at a Jamaican restaurant in Maryville.

Just don't confuse the drive thru with a fast food place. They don't get in a hurry at "Rocky's Jamaica Sunrise."

"People think real food at a drive through? Yes, it's going to be pretty good. Got to be good because it's not fast food," Rocky's Jamaica Sunrise owner Rocky Williams said.

2 days after evacuation, Maryville apartment residents can return home

Dozens of Maryville residents are now able to return home after city leaders evacuated their apartment complex earlier this week.

The city evacuated Foothills Crossing Apartments on Wednesday after codes inspectors found cross contamination threats to the water supply.

Contractors spent two days working to clear and repair the sewer lines.

Friday, city leaders got the results from tests that showed the water is safe, and residents are allowed to return.

Blount Co. business reopens 7 months after fire

A Blount County business has reopened following a devastating fire last September.

Seven months ago, the Law Building in Maryville was burned.

One of the businesses affected was Mary Beth West Communications. They reopened Thursday right off Alcoa Highway with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

West says it's been a difficult road since the fire, but they're glad to finally reopen.

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2 dogs die in Maryville house fire

Firefighters found two dogs dead after a blaze Thursday afternoon in a Maryville home.

They arrived before two to discover a home near the John Sevier elementary school on fire. The lone occupant was able to escape the blaze without injury.

An hour after firefighters arrived, they discovered the remains of the dogs inside.

The house has been ruled a total loss.

Pit bull rescue owner voluntarily surrenders six dogs

A Blount County pit bull rescue owner has voluntarily surrendered six more dogs to authorities.

Angela Burress brought six pit bulls to Blount County Animal Control last week. One of the dogs was put down at her request because of aggressive behavior. The others are in the care of the Blount County Animal Care Centers.

Animal control officers say conditions are poor, and Burress still has several other animals.

Burress started the AA Pit Bull Rescue in Greenback last July. She surrendered 14 dogs to authorities last October.

Blount Co. court services clerk charged with theft

A clerk in the Blount County Court Services Office has been fired and is under investigation.

According to Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong, Shaun Dunlap has been charged with theft of property over $1,000.