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10News Investigates: Effects of Tennessee's beer tax

Breweries are opening across the country at a rate faster than any time since prohibition.  According to the Brewer's Association, craft beer is driving that growth, boosting local economies and creating jobs. But, Tennessee isn't seeing the same boost as surrounding Southern states. Many craft brewers blame a decades-old "sin tax," that's the highest in the country.  

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Local woman makes art out of pebbles

She always collected shells and pebbles and twigs. Then this fall an East Tennessee woman who saw beauty in those objects started making them into actual art.

You'll find plenty of gently used books at Southland Books in Maryville. Tucked in a corner of the book store's cafe you'll see old rocks getting a new life.

"Ever since I was little I've brought home pockets full of pebbles and shells and sticks and everything," Lori Ogden explained.

Glass Slipper event helps teens feel like Cinderella on prom night

Two Monore County Teachers are hosting the 2nd Annual Glass Slipper Event at Vonore Baptist Church. About 300 donated dresses plus shoes, purses and accessories are available for free.

The event is open to 8th grade and high school age girls in need from Monroe County and beyond.

Hair and makeup consultants will also offer advice on looking your best on prom night.

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Townsend prepares for possible Smokies cutbacks

Some towns near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are bracing for possible government cutbacks that could affect the number of visitors driving through their streets.

"People from all different countries come here," said Brandon Gipe, a worker at the Riverstone Restaurant in Townsend who heard about the proposed congressional planned cutbacks, called "sequester."

"Basically most of our business comes from tourism and comes from the park," he added.

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Health technology company will bring 500 jobs to Blount Co.

A healthcare technology company plans to build in Blount County.

ProNova Solutions will bring 500 new jobs to the area, as well as $52 million in capital investment.

It will be the first and main company located at Pellissippi Place in Alcoa.

City and county leaders designed the park for research and development companies.

"This is going to be such a great anchor for our park, it sets the standard creating jobs, high paying jobs," said Don Mull, Alcoa City mayor.

Alcoa nuisance motels can reopen if managers meet tough requirements

Two hotels with long criminal histories will be allowed to reopen in Alcoa, if the owners can meet a long list of requirements.

The Days Inn and Budget Inn/Royal Extended Stay hotels on Alcoa Highway were shut down last week as nuisance properties.  Police say they've responded to hundreds of calls at the hotel over the years, and the owners, Mani Associates, and Mani LLC, did little to curb crime.

National Parks, including Smokies, could be hard hit by sequestration cuts

by Jon Ostendorff, USA TODAY

People traveling to the nation's parks this spring will find fewer rangers on the job and reduced hours at visitors' centers if the government enacts sweeping budget cuts.

Camping and hiking areas might also be closed when the National Park Service cuts $130 million from its $2.6 billion budget under sequestration measures set to start at the end of March.