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Controlled burns scheduled for Cades Cove


Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will begin a series of controlled burns in Cades Cove as soon as next week.

Fire officials plan controlled burns in some Cades Cove fields starting in early November. The fires will continue off and on through the rest of the month.

Police: Pretend doctor lured woman to hotel room


Investigators said a North Carolina man pretended to be a doctor to lure a woman to his hotel room.

According to Alcoa Police Department Detective Sergeant Kris Sanders, Robert Levan McCollum, Jr., 50 of Davidson, was arrested early Monday morning after an encounter with a woman at the Marriot Courtyard hotel.

The woman told investigators that she answered an ad on Craigslist for a job as an office assistant. McCollum claimed he was relocating to Alcoa and needed to hire someone to run his new office.

8-year-old killed in single-vehicle crash


(WBIR) An 8-year-old boy was killed Wednesday afternoon after an SUV ran off the road and hit several trees in Blount County.

It happened around 4 p.m. at the intersection of Mint Road and Walker School Road. Officers say 44-year-old Robin Hatcher was driving south on Mint Road when she lost control of her 2001 Mazda Tribute. The SUV ran off the side of the road and hit several trees along the ditch line before coming to a rest in the ditch.

Toddler climbs into toy machine, gets stuck


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(WBIR) A toddler is safe after getting stuck in a toy machine in Maryville.

McGhee Tyson prepares for infectious diseases


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As international airports continue to work on preventing the Ebola virus from coming to them, McGhee Tyson also prepares for any possible outbreak. This doesn't single out the Ebola virus.

Final push for votes for wine in grocery stores


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Election day is just two weeks from Tuesday and there is one topic that has been on the minds of many shoppers and liquor store owners. Eighty communities across the state will vote on whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores.

Foothills Fall Festival ends 15 year run


(WBIR) It was a bittersweet day in downtown Maryville on Sunday as a big tradition came to a close.

The Foothills Fall festival has been a staple of the fall season in East Tennessee for 15 years.

"A lady who comes here every year for her birthday, she's eighty years old this weekend. And we have people in their seventies and 80s waiting in line who have been coming here for more than ten years," Jane Groff, with the city of Maryville, said.