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BLOUNT: TDOT road construction roundup

BLOUNT: TDOT road construction roundup

TDOT provides this roundup of East Tennessee road construction every week:

BLOUNT COUNTY, US 411/ SR 35 between S. Washington Street and Wilcox Street: SR 35 Eastbound is closed to thru traffic and detoured around this widening project. Eastbound motorists should follow posted detour route.  SR 35 Westbound will remain open and motorists should be alert for possible traffic shifts in this direction.  Motorists should be alert for workers present and use extreme caution in this area.


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Meth lab found in Blount Co. motel

Two people are behind bars following a meth lab bust in Alcoa.

Blount County deputies discovered the meth lab inside a backpack at the Executive Lodge Friday afternoon.

The bag contained a one pot method meth lab, and evidence that meth was produced very recently. The sheriff's office says the meth was not cooked at the motel.

Deputies arrested 28-year-old Michael Aaron Bishop and 30-year-old Jeremy Dale Robinson. Both are facing meth-related charges.

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Connie's Kitchen is owned by Connie Emmons. It is located 10 minutes from downtown Knoxville in Seymour. Connie's is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Part of proceeds are often donated to local charities such as Children's Hospital and Lions Club.


East TN sees several restaurant robberies; police say not uncommon this time of year

Investigators in Knox and Blount counties continue to search for suspects in two separate armed robberies at fast food restaurants.

A man robbed the Krystal restaurant on White Crest Drive in Maryville shortly after 5 o'clock Wednesday evening. Employees told police the man claimed to have a gun and demanded money.

He left in a white Ford sedan, believed to be driven by a woman. No customers were in the store at the time, and no one was hurt.

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Convicted pill mill owner pleads guilty after fleeing during trial

A woman who was convicted of fraud and money laundering in connection with running an illegal pill pill has pleaded guilty to additional charges of failure to appear.

Tamral Guzman, 42, of Blount County, pleaded guilty on January 3.  She will be sentenced on March 20.

Blount County expands tourism promotion

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tourism officials in Blount County are expanding efforts to lure more travelers in 2013.

The Blount Partnership says its new director of tourism, Tami Vater, and the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority plan to conduct media tours and to continue to promote the area to increase travel and overnight stays in the community.

The Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority also plans to launch a new mobile app in May to celebrate National Tourism Month.

Smoky Mountain Visitor's Center in Townsend to be closed Monday

The Smoky Mountains Visitor Center, located at 7906 E Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend will be closed on Monday, Jan. 7 for year-end inventory.

It will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 8 with regular hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.