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Park officials plan prescribed burn in Smokies

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials plan to burn 178 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to reduce the risk of an uncontrolled fire.

However, a controlled burn scheduled for Wednesday was postponed because of expected high wind gusts Wednesday night and Thursday.

A National Park Service crew will later set a fire just inside the park boundary south of Wears Valley in Sevier County. The area is bounded by Wear Cove Gap Road, Indian Camp Branch, Little River Road and the park boundary.

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Votes would help Maryville teen win wheelchair van

The parents of a 15 year-old Maryville teen hope you will help their son in an online contest.

The teen, Jezreel Rubio, suffers from mitochondrial disease which has damaged organs in his body.

Nancy and Jeffrey Rubio said their son has 10 doctors who monitor his condition on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, the Rubios do not own a handicap accessible van.

That's where you come in.

William Blount, Heritage H.S. creating pistol team

An East Tennessee coach is on target to create the area's first pistol team.

According to the future coach Matt Hall, there are fewer than 50 competitive handgun teams in the U.S., with the next one soon to be at William Blount and Heritage High Schools.

"My first year, we had 13 kids on the (shooting) team. And this year, we have 63 kids," Hall said.

The growing interest of the William Blount shooting team was a big reason why Coach Hall started the pistol team. Instead of using long rifles and clay disks, participants will be using Glock pistols and metal targets.

Allegiant flight lands safely at Knox airport after losing engine

A plane that blew an engine after departing McGhee Tyson Airport returned to Knoxville and landed safely Monday afternoon.

Allegiant Air 883 was bound for the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport in Florida.  According to airport officials, the pilot declared an Alert 2 emergency around 3:22 p.m.  An Alert 2 means an aircraft is experiencing a possible major problem, and emergency crews are on standby at the airport to offer assistance.

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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."

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.