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Blount Memorial Hospital laptop containing patient information stolen

Blount Memorial Hospital laptop containing patient information stolen

Blount Memorial Hospital is contacting thousands of patients after someone stole a hospital laptop with patient information on it.

About 22,000 records had patients' last names, their addresses, birthdays and physician's names. Another 5,000 records had that same information, plus social security numbers.

The laptop is password-protected and does not have medical information on it. The hospital doesn't think the thief has accessed this information.

A hospital employee reported the laptop was stolen from their home on August 25.

Runners race to remember Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

Runners race to remember Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

Runners remembered Channon Christian during a memorial race in Maryville by helping an East Tennessee girl pay for college on Sunday afternoon.

The "Channon Christian Memorial 5-K" honors Christian, who was killed in January 2007 along with Chris Newsom. Christian was a graduate of Farragut High School and was attending the University of Tennessee when she was brutally murdered.

Blount Co. joins national movement to raise awareness of domestic violence

Blount Co. joins national movement to raise awareness of domestic violence

Blount County leaders are trying to raise more awareness around the issue of domestic violence in that area and across the country.

Tuesday morning, government leaders signed a proclamation declaring October "Domestic Violence Awareness Month." It's nationally recognized, but Maryville, Alcoa and Blount County wanted to give the issue more attention in that area.

The Blount County task force against domestic violence sponsored the ceremony, which was held at Maryville First Baptist Church.

Townsend woman charged after police say she shot a family member

Townsend woman charged after police say she shot a family member

A Townsend woman is facing charges after a shooting that left a relative injured.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Ruthie Webb shot a family member in the arm at her home on Laurel Valley Road on Monday morning.

The victim is recovering.

Webb is charged with reckless endangerment. She is behind bars on a $50,000 bond.

Convicted sex offender arrested for failing to register in Maryville

Convicted sex offender arrested for failing to register in Maryville

A convicted sex offender who officials say has habitually failed to register as a sex offender has been arrested in Blount County.

According to the U.S. Marshal James T. Fowler, Todd Aldridge, 50, was taken into custody Thursday morning in Maryville.

Aldridge was originally convicted in December 1999 in Michigan of Criminal Sexual Conduct for attempted sexual contact with his then 18 year old daughter.

Since then, he's been arrested multiple times for failing to register as a sex offender in different states. 

Suspect killed in chase may be connected to Blount Co. crimes

Suspect killed in chase may be connected to Blount Co. crimes

Authorities have released the name of a man killed in a crash in Grainger County, that followed a high-speed chase in Claiborne County.

THP says Kyle Brooks, 51, was killed.  Brooks' passenger, Chase Starkey, 19, of Knoxville was injured.  He was taken to UT Medical Center, where his condition is not being released.

Foothills Mall evacuated after threat against Carmike Cinemas

Foothills Mall evacuated after threat against Carmike Cinemas

The evacuation of the Foothills Mall in Maryville and extra police presence at several Knoxville movie theaters was in response to a nationwide threat against Carmike Cimemas.

Authorities say someone called the corporate offices of Carmike Cinemas in Columbus, Georgia, saying that multiple bombs had been planted at theaters across the country.

In Maryville, the theater and mall were evacuated while the building was searched.  No devices were found.