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Service & Sacrifice: Secret Jungle Warrior

An East Tennessee man who helped rescue downed American pilots in Vietnam and spy on enemy troops saw his service largely ignored for decades by the US government.

"…your just like an animal, you live one night here, one night there," said Mr. Dang Lee who gained American citizenship back in the early eighties. Born into the Mhong culture in Laos, Mr. Lee earned a technical degree in America that lead to a job designing and building mufflers he held for decades.

24 people facing charges after drug trafficking investigation

(WBIR) A total of 24 people are facing charges as part of an investigation into a heroin and cocaine trafficking ring based in East Tennessee.

A federal grand jury indicted 11 people, including nine Blount County residents on federal drug charges Tuesday.

Alcoa City Schools plan to reopen Monday after illness

Students raise, study, release rainbow trout

Some East Tennessee elementary students watched their science experiment swim away Friday afternoon.

Second graders at Maryville's Clayton-Bradley Academy teamed up with Trout Unlimited to raise two-hundred rainbow trout in their classroom.

They watched the eggs hatch in a 55 gallon tank, then watched the trout as they grow, learning more about the life cycle of the fish.

On Friday, the kids helped release the fish, which are still very small, into the Little River in Townsend.

Maryville teen dies in head-on collision

State troopers confirmed a Maryville teenager died in a crash Thursday morning in Blount County.

The accident happened on Highway 411 in the Binfield community between Maryville and Greenback. A Tennessee Highway Patrol report shows 18-year-old Josha Matthews was driving southbound when his car crossed the northbound lanes and hit an oncoming truck head-on.

Officials said Matthews died and the truck driver wasn't hurt.

Maryville apartment hit by car for second time this year

For the second time this year, a car rolled down a hill and hit an apartment in Maryville.

Witnesses said an unoccupied car rolled down a hill from store's parking lot, across street, and hit the Garden Vale Apartments on Montvale Station Road just before 8 a.m.

The apartment's manager Caroline Coda said the car broke through the kitchen wall and woke up the tenant, but she wasn't hurt in the crash.

Coda said the incident Wednesday morning was déjà vu.

Pedestrian killed while walking on Hwy 321 in Friendsville

A Maryville man was killed early Monday morning while walking on Highway 321 in Friendsville.

According to the accident report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Virgil D. Jones, 23, was walking in the middle of the northbound lanes of the highway near Big Springs Road, when he was struck by two vehicles.

The accident happened at 5:23 am, so it was still dark.

No charges or citations are expected.