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Blount County's largest tractor is SOLD

Blount County's largest tractor is SOLD

The largest Massey-Ferguson tractor in Blount County has a new home.

Bailey Farms owner Don Bailey finalized an agreement Tuesday morning to buy the enormous machine. The model has a 167 gallon fuel tank, 6.5 foot rear tires, even a navigation system. It retails for $500,000.

Tyler Brothers Farm Equipment, who sold the tractor, says the size will prove beneficial.

New subdivision brings hope that Maryville economy is improving

New subdivision brings hope that Maryville economy is improving

For the first time since the recession devastated the housing market, a major subdivision is coming to Maryville.

Valley View Farms, a 99 lot development, is a good sign that our economy is improving, according to Maryville's Mayor Tom Taylor.

A look the most recent building permit trends shows new homes are on the rise for the area.

In Blount County, there is a 43% increase in permits from this time last year.

Barley's to open second location in Maryville

Barley's to open second location in Maryville

An Old City restaurant known for its pizza, beer and live music will soon be opening a second location. The owner of "Barley's Tap Room and Pizzaria" says he is finalizing plans for a new spot in Downtown Maryville.

"Glad to hear about new neighbors, and bring some more attention to downtown," said Charles Irvine, who owns the Sullivan's restaurant directly across the street from the new Barley's location.

Irvine opened his own restaurant in 2003, with a strong belief in the downtown opportunity.

Maryville nursing home considers relocation

Maryville nursing home considers relocation

A Maryville nursing home forced to close in February plans to move to Louisville and reopen.

Colonial Hills Nursing Center had to close after losing its Medicare and Medicaid contracts as a result of six violations with the Tennessee Department of Health.

Life Care Centers of America, which operates the nursing home, announced Monday that it plans to relocate to Louisville and reopen, if an application for certificate of need is approved.

The proposed location is at 1965 Stewart Lane in Louisville.

Other changes will be part of the process as well.

Maryville microbreweries pass first reading

Maryville microbreweries pass first reading

Maryville may soon be home to a few microbreweries.

The Maryville City Council passed an ordinance allowing microbreweries in city limits. Council members voted unanimously Tuesday on the first reading.

The ordinance would allow beer manufacturers to sell for on-site or off-site drinking. It says manufacturers must produce at least 200 barrels each year.

The second and final reading is set for September.