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Blount Co., Alcoa, Maryville join forces to combat drunk driving

Blount County Sheriff's Office, Alcoa Police Department, and Maryville Police Department are joining efforts this weekend to patrol roadways for impaired drivers and other safety violations.

On Friday night into Saturday morning, drivers will see more law enforcement on roads and highways in Blount County, Alcoa and Maryville.

These law enforcement agencies have partnered with the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office to secure funding for overtime.

Police: Girl mistook pistol for BB gun, accidentally shot teen

K-9 tracks suspected drunk driver down in doghouse

An Alcoa police dog tracked down a wanted suspect-- who was hiding in a doghouse.

It happened Sunday on Grant Street in Alcoa, according to the police report. Witnesses told officers that a woman driving an orange Saturn had crashed into two parked cars, hit a woman who was trying to help her, then fled the scene.

The driver first hit a car parked on the left side of the road, then crossed over and hit one parked on the other. A neighbor heard the crash and went out to check on the driver.

4-year-old cancer survivor receives new bedroom

ID=24785775(WBIR) A bedroom can be a place of rest, a safe haven and even where a child's imagination can come to life.

A group of volunteers on Saturday took their tools and talents to Maryville to create a special place to sleep and play for a brave little boy.

Dave Ramsey Show will feature local couple on March 16

An Alcoa couple featured on WBIR for paying off $92,645 in debt in just two and a half years will talk about their journey on the Dave Ramsey Show next week.

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.