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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.

Alcoa police officer laid to rest

Alcoa police officer laid to rest

Friends and family gathered to remember a long-time Alcoa police officer who died suddenly last week.

A procession of cars escorted Officer James Edward Bowman to his final resting place on Wednesday morning.

He was buried at Grandview Cemetery, following a funeral service at Smith Trinity Chapel.   His graveside service included full military honors and a final radio call.

Community mourns death of long-time police officer

Community mourns death of long-time police officer

Police in Alcoa paid their final respects Tuesday to a long-time police officer, James Edward Bowman.

Friends, co-workers and even strangers poured into Smith Funeral Home in Maryville.

Officials say Bowman died of natural causes.

Bowman served on the force since 2000 and is an Army veteran.

Suntrust Bank wins award for helping wife of wounded veteran

Suntrust Bank wins award for helping wife of wounded veteran

An East Tennessee bank is receiving a national award after lending a helping hand to an employee and wife of a wounded veteran.

The Department of Defense presented an award to Suntrust Bank for supporting Stephanie Trost after her husband was shot close to a half-dozen times earlier this year in Afghanistan.

Freshman move into Maryville College this week

Freshman move into Maryville College this week

University of Tennessee freshmen have settled into their new rooms on campus, and later this week, another East Tennessee college will welcome its first-year students.

Maryville College freshmen will move to campus on Thursday.

The first day of classes for all students is next Wednesday, August 29, and the school will officially start the new academic year with its "Convocation" on August 30.

Amelia Keown remembered at William Blount home-opener

Amelia Keown remembered at William Blount home-opener

A high school student who couldn't attend her school's home opener Friday was there in spirit, thanks to her classmates.

16-year-old Amelia Keown died in a car wreck Tuesday afternoon on Highway 411.

She attended William Blount where she was on the dance team, and on Friday students organized a "pink out" where they all wore pink to remember her before the game against Sevier County. They also released balloons.

THP says 44-year-old John Perkins crossed into Keown's lane of traffic and crashed into her vehicle. He also died.

William Blount student remembered

William Blount student remembered

Hundreds of people said 'good-bye' Thursday evening to 16-year-old William Blount High School student Amelia Keown.

 

Keown died in a car wreck Tuesday on Highway 411.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says a trooper clocked the other driver speeding before the  head-on collision.

Keown was a leader on her high school's dance team and her teammates will honor her Friday before William Blount High's football game at 7:30 p.m.

 

The preacher at her service told the packed church it wasn't time for crying, but laughter.