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Blount man accused of assaulting girlfriend, then attacking deputy

A Rockford man is accused of assaulting his girlfriend then attacking a deputy.

28-year-old David Simon, Jr. is charged with domestic violence with aggravated assault, and violation of an order of protection.

The incident happened early Saturday morning.

Simon's girlfriend told deputies that he assaulted her and tried to strangle her in front of her five-year-old son.

The woman and boy left the home and sought help after Simon fell asleep.

Deputies found Simon at the home and took him into custody.

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Man wanted for Texas murder arrested in Blount Co.

A man wanted for a murder in Texas has been arrested in Blount County.

According to Sheriff James Lee Berrong, Joshua David Latham, 26, was arrested last week in connection with the disappearance and murder of 41-year-old Tami Diane Higginbotham, of Vinton, Texas.

Last Thursday, Texas authorities alerted the Blount County Sheriff's Office that Latham had family in Maryville, and may be on his way there.  By Thursday night, deputies tracked Latham to a home on Magill Avenue and arrested him.

Smokies visits down, budget cuts could impact services

Visits to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park dropped slightly in January, down 1.4%.

That makes it the second lowest visitation rate for the month in five years.

Park officials say above average rainfall, flooding and the landslide on Newfound Gap Road likely contributed to the decline.

The park could take another hit next month, if the government's automatic budget cuts or "sequestration" take effect on March 1.

The National Park Service is warning Americans to be prepared for reduced hours and services at all national parks.

Family of six escapes mobile home fire

A family of six escaped their mobile home safely after smoke detectors sounded Saturday morning.

Authorities said the fire started around 10 a.m. on the 600 block of Kian Court in Blount County.

Fire officials said crews recently went door to door, checking smoke detectors at the home, as well as the rest of the neighborhood.

Crews said the father re-entered the mobile home, in an attempt to save a kitten. He was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening smoke inhalation.

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Maryville wrestler performs CPR, saves man's life

A Maryville student athlete performed CPR and saved a man's life during the state wrestling tournament.

Heritage High School junior Schuyler LaRue performed CPR on a Ron Bussey, 68, of Kingsport before competing in his match.

Bussey collapsed at the Williamson County Ag Expo before the tournament began Thursday afternoon.

Schuyler said he just did what he needed to do until EMT arrived. Emergency crews transported Bussey to the hospital and according to The Tennessean hew was in stable condition last night.

Alcoa motels shut down because of criminal activity

More than two dozen people were told to vacate two Alcoa motels Thursday after police raided the buildings.

"They told me they were fixing to shut the place down by court order and that I had to be out of here by 5 o'clock," said occupant Robert Banfill.

According to the Alcoa Police, a Petition of Abatement of Nuisance was filed against the Days Inn and Budget Inn Royal Extended Stay, adjacent to each other off the Alcoa Highway.

Commission votes to buy land for new Alcoa high school

A new Alcoa high school is another step closer to becoming a reality.

The city commission voted Tuesday to buy 53 acres of property of Alcoa's Old West plant site.

Work will begin on the new 180,000 square foot high school building within the next several weeks. The new school will house 1,000 students. The current building is nearly at capacity with 600 students.

The project is expected to cost more than $29 million. Voters approved a sales tax increase last August to help pay for it.

The school is set to open in 2015.