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Local cafeteria worker receives national award


A member of the cafeteria staff at Maryville High School will receive a big honor in Washington, D.C. Monday.

The School Nutrition Foundation selected Cathy Potter to receive the annual School Nutrition hero award.

Potter and her husband are traveling to D.C. Monday to accept the award, given to people who have dedicated their lives to expand access to healthy school meals and serving the needs of the community.

Man found in Seymour house fire died of natural causes


A Seymour man, initially believe to have died in a fire, actually died of natural causes, according to the Blount County Sheriff's Office.

Preliminary results from an autopsy determined Richard James Sanzo, 65, died of natural causes. After speaking with witnesses, detectives believed Sanzo dropped a lit cigarette in his bed after dying from a health-related issue. The burning cigarette started a fire in the house, according to a sheriff's department release.

Deputies looking for driver that triggered fatal accident


The Blount County Sheriff's Office is looking for a driver that may have caused a fatal accident.

Nathan Scott Davis, 57, of Knoxville, was killed Saturday while riding his motorcycle on Highway 321.

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Blackberry Farm on cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition


Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition is shinning a big spotlight on a high-end getaway in East Tennessee.

Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn. (apart from the model) is the new star of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, providing the perfect location for the cover of the "Made in the U.S.A" - themed issue.

Man charged with kidnapping and raping woman


(WBIR - Blount County) Sean Shannon Finnegan, 47, is in jail and faces kidnapping and rape charges.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office said it received a 911 call Wednesday from a woman who said Finnegan kidnapped from her home in Knoxville Monday. She told officers Finnegan had repeatedly assaulted and raped her, but that she was able to escape Wednesday while the two drove up to Knoxville to pick up the woman's daughter.

Healthcare company plans to bring 450 jobs to Blount County


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(WBIR - Blount County) A healthcare company is planning a multi-million dollar expansion in Blount County.

Second person dies in Alcoa fatal crash earlier this month


A second person involved in a fatal crash earlier this month has died, Alcoa police confirmed Friday.

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