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Maryville percussion concert set for Tuesday

Rhythm will take center stage at Maryville High School Tuesday night.

The school's percussion ensemble has scheduled a free concert for the public.

Multiple arrangements will be played beginning at 7 p.m. inside the high school auditorium.

The group's instructor spoke with Live@5@4 Monday afternoon.  Watch the interview above.

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Blount Co. business goes up in flames

A Blount County business went up in flames Friday.

Six Mile Cycles is off Highway 129 near the Dragon. It recycles motorcycle parts.

The fire started early in the evening and half the building was lost.

Firefighters say it began as a brush fire that spread to the building.

No one was hurt.

Horse trainer speaks against 'soring'

The investigation continues into the horse soring case in Blount County.

Thursday, authorities arrested Larry Wheelon and charged him with one count of felony animal abuse. Wheelon is well-known in the arena of competitive horse shows and has served in leadership posts overseeing the treatment of those animals. A mix of law enforcement and animal welfare experts helped seize 19 horses from Wheelon's Maryville barn.

All lanes of Alcoa Hwy reopened after dump truck accident

Blount County dispatchers say all lanes of Alcoa Highway reopened around 1:40 pm.

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The northbound lanes of Alcoa Highway are shut down Friday afternoon, after an accident involving a dump truck.

The accident was reported around 11:40 am near Wheeler Road in Blount County, close to the Kia dealership.

The dump truck, which was carrying a load of dirt, overturned, blocking the roadway.

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Smoking computer causes evacuation at Heritage High School

Update 10:55 a.m.

Heritage High School students were evacuated as a precautionary measure Friday morning while firefighters removed a computer that was smoking from a classroom.

Sprinklers were not activated and there was no other damage other than the defunct computer.  

Students returned to their classrooms safely.

It is not known why the computer malfunctioned.

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Blount horse trainer accused of 'soring' Tennessee walking horses

A Blount County horse trainer is charged with felony animal cruelty, a week after agents served a search warrant at his property.  Nineteen horses were seized.

Larry Wheelon is accused of "soring," which animal welfare officials say is the application of caustic chemicals and painful devices to the hooves
and legs of Tennessee Walking horses to produce the artificial high-stepping "Big-Lick"
gait.

"Put things underneath their shoes. It's like walking on a pebble and then having to stand," explained Gino Bachman with the Blount County SPCA.

7 East TN high schools rank among best in state

Several East Tennessee schools are ranked among the best in the state.

U.S. News and World Report evaluated more than 21,000 public high schools
across the country in the areas of student-teacher ratio, college readiness, algebra proficiency, and English proficiency. The magazine put out a list of
the best schools in the country, as well as the best schools in each state.
More than half a dozen East Tennessee high schools have been ranked in the top
20 in the state.