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Townsend fire that killed widowed mother caused by electrical issue

Townsend fire that killed widowed mother caused by electrical issue

 Investigators have discovered the cause of a fire in Townsend that killed the widowed mother of three.

The fire was caused by an electrical issue in a back bedroom.

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Families, churches, schools, and sports teams are rallying around the children who lost their widowed mother in a fire early Monday morning.

Widowed mother dies in Townsend house fire

Widowed mother dies in Townsend house fire

A widowed mother is dead, but her three children who were also inside managed to safely escape a fire at their home on the 200 block of Webb Road around 3 a.m. Monday.

Chief Don Stallions, with the Townsend Area Volunteer Fire Department, said crews found the children inside of a car parked near the home. He said the car was about to catch on fire, but quick-thinking firefighters rescued them in time.

Neighbors said the mother went back into the house to try and save a dog, but crews could not get inside of the home to rescue her.

Maryville kids provide clean water for villages in Africa

Maryville kids provide clean water for villages in Africa

Clean drinking water is something about 800,000,000 people don't have.

Some children in Maryville are making a difference.

Connie Sagar leads the Kids Ministry at the First Baptist Church of Maryville.

"I'm just excited to see the kids not only show concern and compassion for others in their community but as a world at large. That they have seen a need and figured out how to help address it," Connie Sagar said.

Donations from Alcoa-CAK game help Butterfly Fund, KARM

Donations from Alcoa-CAK game help Butterfly Fund, KARM

Alcoa is the winner of this year's Ultimate Pillow Fight between the two schools.

Each year, students from both Alcoa and CAK collect bed pillows for Knox Area Rescue Ministries. The school with the most donations wins bragging rights, and both receive scholarships from Back Yard Burgers.

High school football officials also donated their own paychecks to help fight childhood cancer.

The Blount County Football Officials Association presented the Butterfly Fund with a $2,500 check during halftime at the Alcoa/CAK game.

Lenoir City boy needs a service dog

Lenoir City boy needs a service dog

A Maryville based non-profit trains service dogs to help people with neurological disabilities.

Wilderwood Service Dogs work with everything from Autism to Alzheimer's.

The dogs take about 18-months and thousands of dollars to train.

A Lenoir City boy needs one. His name is Danny.

Like a lot of seven-year-olds, Danny Lewis enjoys sports.

"I play baseball, football, and basketball," he said.

And like a lot of little boys he has a lot of energy.

Smokies visits about 9 percent ahead of last year

Smokies visits about 9 percent ahead of last year

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park entered the fall foliage season with nearly 9 percent more visitors, year to date.

Figures released by the National Park Service showed 963,317 people came to the park in September -- a 9.2 percent increase over September 2011.

Through the first nine months of this year, visits were up 8.9 percent, meaning 602,000 more people have come to the Smokies this year than in the first three quarters of 2011.