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Pit bull rescue owner voluntarily surrenders six dogs

A Blount County pit bull rescue owner has voluntarily surrendered six more dogs to authorities.

Angela Burress brought six pit bulls to Blount County Animal Control last week. One of the dogs was put down at her request because of aggressive behavior. The others are in the care of the Blount County Animal Care Centers.

Animal control officers say conditions are poor, and Burress still has several other animals.

Burress started the AA Pit Bull Rescue in Greenback last July. She surrendered 14 dogs to authorities last October.

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Blount Co. court services clerk charged with theft

A clerk in the Blount County Court Services Office has been fired and is under investigation.

According to Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong, Shaun Dunlap has been charged with theft of property over $1,000. 

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Funding low for Blount Co. cancer support group

A Blount County group that provides financial help to people battling cancer is now in a struggle of its own.

The non-profit, Hope For Today Cancer Support Group, Inc is only seeing half the money in donations it saw this time last year.

The financial strain is forcing the organization to cut back.

Director Frances Williamson said by this time last year, the group had raised at least $12,000. This year, they have less than $5,000.

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Clayton-Bradley Academy now has full staff

The first private STEM school in Tennessee now has a full staff.

Crews broke ground on the Clayton-Bradley Academy in Blount County back in February.

Friday, the school announced it has filled all of its teaching positions, and there are children now enrolled in every grade level. There are still some spots open.

The school will serve students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The Clayton-Bradley Academy is on target to open on July 19th.

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.

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.