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Seymour car wash catches fire

Seymour firefighters responded to a call at a car wash Friday.

The Prestige Car Wash on West Macon Lane near Chapman Highway caught fire early Friday evening.

Firefighters say when they arrived, they had to kick down a door to get inside, then they were able to extinguish the fire relatively quickly.

No one was hurt in the fire. Firefighters do not yet have a cause.

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Vienna Coffee House is expanding into new location

A Maryville coffee shop has outgrown its old home and is moving into a new one.

The expanded Vienna Coffee House will have room for the coffee shop and roastery, all in one place. The plans also include a drive through, larger music venue, and plenty of space for old and new customers.

Starting Sunday, the shop will close until late May as they finish up work on the new location.

In the meantime, people looking for a caffeine fix can buy from the Vienna Coffee Roastery.

Two arrested for public intoxication after being removed from airplane

Officials at McGhee Tyson Airport removed two people from a plane they say were drunk.

Eugene Weisensee and Desiree Wilson are charged with public intoxication. According to the arrest report, the pilot asked officials to remove the two because they reaked of alcohol and were unsteady on their feet.

Both were arrested and taken to the Blount County jail.

Nuisance motel in Alcoa back open under strict conditions

An Alcoa motel closed in a nuisance raid several weeks ago is back open.

Police say they frequently responded to emergency calls at the Days Inn and Budget Inn motels on Alcoa Highway, ranging from drug use to theft and prostitution.

Authorities and the motel owners reached a settlement to allow the Days Inn's main office and one of its buildings to reopen, but it must follow strict guidelines.

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Legislation opens public school sports to homeschool students

Legislation that will require public schools to allow home-schooled students to participate in sports only needs Governor Bill Haslam's signature to become law.

Both the senate and house have passed the bill and it now awaits the Governor's signature.  Parents of home schooled children are cheering the decision, but some schools are concerned the law will mean student athletes will not be playing by the same rules.

Alcoa man dies after Alcoa Hwy. crash

The driver of the car involved in the Monday morning accident has died of his injuries.  Alcoa Police identified him as Efrain G. Cruz, 26, of Alcoa.

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All lanes of Alcoa Highway are back open after a two-vehicle crash Monday morning.

The accident was reported around 9:00 am in front of the Green Acres Flea Market.  Both lanes of Alcoa Highway were shut down after it happened.

Concert series showcases young talent

Musician Kin Uk Kim closed the 33rd season of the "Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series" on Sunday evening at Maryville College's Clayton Center.

The talent pianist started playing piano when he was just four years old. So far in his budding career, he has won numerous awards in South Korea and the United States.

The "Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series" showcases young pianists that are up-and-coming on the international and national music scenes.