After 10 teens achieved life-changing—and even life-saving—transformations, adults weren't about to let the pandemic stop recognition of their achievements.
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Maryville College will honor outgoing President William T. "Tom" Bogart and his wife, Mary Bogart, during the week of June 22-26.
A revised 2020-21 budget the Blount County Board of Education is scheduled to consider Thursday, June 4, would eliminate a staff raise, curriculum materials and other projects.
The number of positive COVID-19 cases at Newell Brands in Maryville has doubled in less than a week — bringing the total number of cases to six.
The Tuesday Morning Corporation announced it will use Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize the company and reduce outstanding liabilities and strengthen its overall financial position.
Starting Monday, June 1, limited visitation at Blount Memorial Hospital may be allowed Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
As Maryville High School prepares for the area's first graduation ceremony amid the COVID-19 pandemic tonight, May 29, it has eased earlier guidelines for seniors and guests to wear masks.
The Maryville Board of Education unanimously passed a nearly $56.4 million budget for the 2020-21 school year Thursday, May 28, while noting that the coronavirus pandemic likely will lead to unexpected costs.
Many celebrations this spring became drive-thru parades because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but marking Randy Byrd's retirement from Heritage High School that way Wednesday, May 27, was particularly appropriate. Byrd has taught auto body and collision repair at HHS since 1982.
The Blount County Health Department has reported “numerous calls” from people claiming businesses are not abiding by guidelines set in place by Gov. Bill Lee’s phased reopening plan.
The Alcoa Board of Education voted Tuesday, May 26, to give all employees a 1% raise next year, but without a step increase for teachers.
Several county entities had to sacrifice additional requests in their 2020-21 budgets due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One, by the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, was the hiring of two child abuse investigators.
A long line of decorated cars drove past Tony Mills’ house Saturday morning with many honking their horns, and passengers yelling encouraging words for his retirement.
Blount County Schools held individual graduation ceremonies Friday, May 22, for half a dozen seniors who will be joining the military.
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At a time when school and county leaders agree tough decisions lie ahead, not enough people are interested in a role on the Blount County Board of Education. Three seats are on the ballot for the Aug. 6 election, but as of this week only two candidates can receive votes.
John Sevier Elementary still cheered for its third graders moving on to intermediate school, but with school buildings closed because of COVID-19 the celebration moved outside this year.
Blount Memorial Hospital’s CONCERN and Counseling Center will close its doors July 3 — a shuttering that a hospital official said is the result of years-long financial losses.
Alcoa City Schools plans to open its STARS extended school program on Tuesday, May 26, with social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont has been connecting people with nature for decades, and this Memorial Day weekend it's offering families and friends a way to choose their own adventure while staying safe at home. The Great American Camp-In invites teams to complete challenges posted online to earn points for prizes.
Elizabeth Stewart is looking forward to teaching English in Israel and sharing her love of photography, but with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program suspended because of the coronavirus, she's not sure when she'll be able to make the trip.
Tonya Jones, 59, became the first patient at Blount Memorial Hospital to receive convalescent plasma on May 8 as part of her COVID-19 treatment. The hospital announced Saturday she has recovered from the coronavirus.
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Business owners in New York will be able to deny entry to people not wearing masks or face coverings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. (May 28)
New York artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is nearing completion of a 20,000-foot portrait honoring frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19. (May 28)
Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine. Another 31% simply aren't sure, while 1 in 5 say they'd refuse. That's according to a survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (May 27)
Low demand due to the pandemic has caused farmers to destroy crops and euthanize livestock at a time when demand is soaring at food banks. However, some states and the federal government have begun finding ways to get that food to the needy. (May 25)
Texas bars, bowling alleys, skating rinks and even some strip clubs are set to reopen with restrictions over the Memorial Day weekend as the state continues to gradually restart one of the world’s largest economies amid the coronavirus pandemic. (May 22)
President Donald Trump deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential” and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend, even as some parts of the nation remain under coronavirus lockdown. (May 22)
Tasting rooms in famed Sonoma and Napa Counties are setting up new sanitizing and safety protocols as they prepare to reopen to the public after being closed the past two months due to coronavirus. (May 22)
Rain dampened the start of the holiday weekend in the northeastern U.S. on Saturday but in Texas a community beach was packed with people enjoying the outdoors after lockdown restrictions were eased across the state. (May 23).
Restaurant Brands International, which owns Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons, has opened around 1,500 dining rooms, or 15% of its U.S. total. (May 21)
After nearly two months sidelined in Guam with a coronavirus outbreak, the USS Theodore Roosevelt has gone out to sea for training, in preparation to return to duty in the Pacific. (May 21)
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar visited a coronavirus testing site at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina on Thursday. He also met with local health care leaders to discuss how to safely reopen the state. (May 21)