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Cracking down on crimes before they happen


The holidays are almost here and law enforcement is offering tips for stopping some crimes before they happen.

Crimes like car thefts and home burglaries increase this time of year. Blount County deputies saw close to 100 burglaries in the last six weeks.

Kroger to open new location in Maryville

(WBIR) Kroger has started construction on a new store in Maryville, which is expected to create more than 250 jobs.

The 113,000-square-foot store is expected to open at 507 N. Foothills Plaza Drive in the fall of 2015. This will be the fourth Kroger Marketplace Store to open in the greater Knoxville area and will replace the current Oak Ridge store on Watkins Road.

Dogs found abandoned in mobile home

Blount County authorities are looking for a couple who may have abandoned their dogs in a mobile home.

Neighbors on Adkins Way in Louisville reported the dogs to the sheriff's department, who informed the Society of Prevention and Cruelty for Animals (SPCA).

Maryville family's baby announcement video goes viral

(WBIR) A Maryville family has been surprised to see one of their YouTube videos go viral.

Hilary and Tim Barrett and their daughters, 11-year-old Harleigh and eight-year-old Christina, were blown away to see more than 900,000 views (as of Saturday night) after posting the video less than three weeks ago.

In the video, the parents train their cell phone camera on their two girls, who each open a custom-decorated cookie cake. One read, "Big sister," the other said, "Big sister again."

Car hits pedestrian in Blount Co.

A car hit a pedestrian in Blount County Friday morning.

Blount County dispatch confirmed the incident happened on Michelle Drive off Miser School Road at about 6:55 a.m. No word on the extent of the injuries.

We'll keep you updated on wbir.com and WBIR 10News once we learn more.

Firefighter injured fighting Walland cabin fire

A Blount County firefighter was treated for a sprained ankle after responding to a cabin fire late Monday morning.

Blount County firefighters responded to a cabin fire at 1008 Loop Road in Walland just before 11 a.m.

A dispatcher said the fire started in the chimney and spread to the attic. Firefighters had to call for additional manpower shortly after noon.

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.