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New Blount Co. commissioner replaces dad


Blount County has a new commissioner. Gordon Wright the second will fill the vacant seat vacated by his father, Gordon Wright Sr.

Man charged for vandalizing radio equipment


Update Saturday 8 p.m.:
One man was arrested for his part in vandalizing more than $60,000 of Sheriff's Office radio equipment.

Roy Dickson, 22, is being held on $50,000 bond.

Authorities said Dickson damaged the equipment the National Park and Blount County Sheriff's Office uses every day in emergency situations. That equipment is now back up and running.

Robbery takes place at beloved bakery in Maryville


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(WBIR-Maryville) A man is in custody after a robbery in Maryville early Saturday morning.

It happened at Richy Kreme Donuts on East Broadway.

Smiles celebrates its 1,000th ride


A program which has been helping shuttle around some of East Tennessee's oldest residents drove its way to a big milestone Wednesday.

The Smiles program in Blount County gave out its 1,000th ride Wednesday afternoon.

Staff awarded the 1,000th rider, Dorothy "Dot" King, with 10 free rides and a few gift certificates to her favorite places around the area.

Former Friendsville employee takes plea deal in $15k theft


A former Friendsville employee charged with theft for stealing more than $15,000 from the city took a plea deal in court.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Machella Meaghan Gilliam agreed to the deal Monday.

Deputies began investigating Gilliam last April after a state comptroller's office audit revealed missing funds.

Gilliam is a former town clerk.

Friendsville's mayor says the town has adopted a new policy to keep this from happening again.

Woman who spent 12 days alone in Smokies was 'unprepared'


(WBIR) A 44-year-old woman is in the hospital after Blount County deputies found her in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Monday morning.

GSMNP officials said she woman called 911 on her cell phone Monday morning, saying she had hypothermia.

State lawmakers honor Maryville wounded warrior