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Friendsville VFD honors veteran volunteers

The younger members of the Friendsville Volunteer Fire Department came together to honor several of their older members in the Blount County community on Saturday.

The party was a surprise to several of the department's members who had been working with the Friendsville fire service since it began in 1962. One of its organizers, First Medical Responder Crystal Greene, said she was concerned that if they told members about the party they may not come.

"Some of them have such a good spirit of humility that we were afraid they'd say, 'oh, i don't deserve it'," she said.

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6 months later, church remembers two lost in crash

March 16th marks six months since a driver, headed the wrong way on Chapman Highway, crashed into a church van carrying members of a youth group.

The crashed injured 10 and killed two Cedar Grove Baptist Church members, including Youth Leader Jeff Trussell and 16-year-old Courteney Kaliszewski.

The Sevier County District Attorney said the driver of the other vehicle was high on bath salts at the time of the incident.

Church members were returning from a weekend youth retreat when the crash happened.

FBI arrests Maryville bank robbery suspect

The FBI and the Maryville Police Department arrested the man who they said robbed a Capital Bank Wednesday afternoon.

Timothy L. Inman, 37, was arrested Friday evening in the Walmart parking lot in Maryville.

Inman allegedly handed the teller a note demanding money, and was caught on surveillance video.

Inman is scheduled to be in a Knoxville court on Monday.

Alcoa man charged with statutory rape, solicitation of a minor

An Alcoa man is behind bars facing several charges for sexual conduct with a minor child.

In a press release, an Alcoa Police Department spokesman says 47-year-old Steven Leroy Myers of Alcoa is being held on bond pending a March 18th court date.

Police received a tip that there was inappropriate sexual conduct between an adult and a child at a residence in Grayson Apartments.  Officers went to the residence Friday night to investigate.  They then took Myers into investigative custody.

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FBI, Maryville PD searching for bank robbery suspect

The FBI and Maryville Police Department are asking for help identifying a bank robbery suspect.

The Capital Bank on Foothills Mall Drive in Maryville was robbed Wednesday around 4:10 p.m. A man gave a note to a teller demanding money.

The suspect is described as in his late 20s or early 30s, 5'8" to 5'10" tall with an average build, brown hair and scruffy facial hair. He was wearing an olive or tan Carhartt-style jacket and blue jeans.

The suspect fled on foot.

Two firefighters injured battling Townsend house fire

Blount County Fire Chief Doug McClanahan says that two Townsend firefighters were injured while battling a house fire on the 200 block of Boat Gunnel Road in Townsend Wednesday morning.

The fire chief says his department was aiding Townsend Fire Department when the injuries occurred.

He said he was unaware of any event that led up to the injuries.  One firefighter was overheated, the other complained of chest pains.

The firefighter complaining of chest pains was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Fears refuel old fights over fluoride in East TN

Fears, fights, and conspiracies over fluoride in community water supplies are practically a national pastime throughout the United States.  Cities across the country started adding fluoride to their water supply more than 68 years ago to fight tooth decay.