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Family of six escapes mobile home fire

A family of six escaped their mobile home safely after smoke detectors sounded Saturday morning.

Authorities said the fire started around 10 a.m. on the 600 block of Kian Court in Blount County.

Fire officials said crews recently went door to door, checking smoke detectors at the home, as well as the rest of the neighborhood.

Crews said the father re-entered the mobile home, in an attempt to save a kitten. He was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening smoke inhalation.

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Maryville wrestler performs CPR, saves man's life

A Maryville student athlete performed CPR and saved a man's life during the state wrestling tournament.

Heritage High School junior Schuyler LaRue performed CPR on a Ron Bussey, 68, of Kingsport before competing in his match.

Bussey collapsed at the Williamson County Ag Expo before the tournament began Thursday afternoon.

Schuyler said he just did what he needed to do until EMT arrived. Emergency crews transported Bussey to the hospital and according to The Tennessean hew was in stable condition last night.

Alcoa motels shut down because of criminal activity

More than two dozen people were told to vacate two Alcoa motels Thursday after police raided the buildings.

"They told me they were fixing to shut the place down by court order and that I had to be out of here by 5 o'clock," said occupant Robert Banfill.

According to the Alcoa Police, a Petition of Abatement of Nuisance was filed against the Days Inn and Budget Inn Royal Extended Stay, adjacent to each other off the Alcoa Highway.

Commission votes to buy land for new Alcoa high school

A new Alcoa high school is another step closer to becoming a reality.

The city commission voted Tuesday to buy 53 acres of property of Alcoa's Old West plant site.

Work will begin on the new 180,000 square foot high school building within the next several weeks. The new school will house 1,000 students. The current building is nearly at capacity with 600 students.

The project is expected to cost more than $29 million. Voters approved a sales tax increase last August to help pay for it.

The school is set to open in 2015.

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Clingman's Dome Road to be opened earlier, weather permitting

A popular destination in the Smokies will be opening earlier than usual, weather permitting.

Officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will open Clingmans Dome Road as February 15, as long as weather conditions allow. 

In past years, the road has been closed from December 1 through March 31.

The road could still be closed in the case of winter weather.  It will not be plowed or salted.

Blount road crews work on road slide with $1M pricetag

The Blount County road superintendent calls a recent road slide in Walland the worst rain damage he's seen in 30 years.

Since the start of the year, a 250-foot portion of Long Rifle Road in Walland has been slowly crumbling away down a 300-foot mountain.

"It really happened suddenly. It was like in moments, it was gone," said nearby resident Samantha Barton, whose house sits above the slide. "Huge amounts of dirt were gone. Trees were turned into matchsticks."

New Smokies backcountry fees start Wednesday

New backcountry camping fees start Wednesday in the Great Smoky Mountains, but a new website makes reservations easier for campers.

After two years of researching the idea, park officials decided to implement a $4 dollar fee per day per person for backcountry campers.

That money will be used to off-set the cost of a brand new reservation website, and two new rangers who will solely focus on taking care of the backcountry.