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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.

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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. 

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.

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. 

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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.

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.