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Student threats prompt increased security at William Blount HS

(WBIR - BLOUNT COUNTY) The Blount County Sheriff's Office plans to increase its presence Tuesday at William-Blount High School.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the increased security is a result of several students making threats against another student.

Deputies are visiting the homes of all of the students involved and they will not be allowed on school campus until the investigation is complete. 

Regardless, authorities said they will have extra deputies at the school to ensure the safety of students and staff. 

Maryville skateboarder hospitalized after getting hit by a car

(WBIR - Blount County) A Maryville teen is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a car Tuesday night while skateboarding.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office said Max Vettel, 17, is in stable condition at UT Medical Center. Earlier Wednesday, officials said he was in critical condition. 

Update: Alcoa Hwy. reopened after crash hit utility pole

(WBIR-ALCOA)  Alcoa Highway reopened late Monday after following a lengthy closure due to a crash involving several vehicles that knocked down a power pole.

Dispatchers said a commercial truck and two other vehicles were involved in the crash that happened around 1 pm near the airport. The road was shut down in both directions between Wrights Ferry Road and Pellissippi Parkway.

Structural problems close Townsend library

(WBIR-TOWNSEND) Building issues have forced the closure of the Townsend library.

The Mary Tippitt Library is housed in a building owned by the Tuckaleechee Utility District.The utility recently found cracks between the concrete blocks of the building.

Officials advised the library to close until the issues can be fixed.

It's up the utility board to determine what action will be taken, and they won't meet again for another couple of weeks.

Vanquish Worldwide to be premier sponsor for Smoky Mountain Air show

(WBIR - Blount County) When the Smoky Mountain Air Show returns to East Tennessee in 2016, a veteran-owned company based in Blount County will help make it happen.

Victim of fake Luke Bryan tickets now warning others

(WBIR) Fake Luke Bryan tickets for Friday's concert at Maple Lane Farms are making the rounds across East Tennessee, leaving some victims out hundreds of dollars and no ticket to the sold-out event.

Alcoa teen recovers from brain surgery in time for big event