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Monroe County teachers sue Director of Schools

(WBIR - Monroe County) Monroe County teachers are suing the Director of Schools and the Monroe County board of Education.

In a lawsuit filed in Monroe County Chancery Court, the group claimed Director of Schools Tim Blankenship broke the law during teacher-administration negotiations.

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Monroe commissioners approve funding for new justice center

(WBIR-MONROE COUNTY) After years of debate, Monroe County will finally build a new $30-million dollar justice center.

Mayor Tim Yates says the county commission approved the plan this week.

The center, located on Highway 68, will house the courtrooms and a 300 bed jail.
The county's current facility

Men charged with $60K in burglaries, sheriffs looking for victims

(WBIR-McMinn County) Two men suspected of a string of burglaries in two counties are behind bars, and authorities are looking for their victims.

According to a joint press release from the McMinn and Monroe Co Sheriff's Departments, Mark Dockery of Englewood and Anthony Shane Jirles of Athens are charged wtih several counts of aggravated burglary and other charges. Additional charges are pending.

One killed in crash, fire on I-75 near Athens

(WBIR-Athens) At least one person is dead after a fiery crash on I-75N in McMinn County.

The accident happened at milemarker 48, in the northbound lanes near the Athens exit, at 1:20 pm Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, when a trooper responded to the accident, a vehicle was on fire with the driver still inside. THP confirms at least one person was killed.

The vehicle fire has spread to the grass around the interstate, so the interstate was shut down for a time, and is still partially blocked.

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Pastor: It was a blessing church van crash wasn't worse

ID=29934229(WBIR-Athens) A pastor says its a blessing that a church van crash that injured 14 people, including 11 kids, wasn't worse.

Carlex Glass expands in Vonore, adds 50 new jobs

Fifty jobs are on the way to East Tennessee.

On Thursday, Carlex Glass celebrated a groundbreaking on a new building in Vonore. The company manufactures a wide variety of replacement glass, including glass parts for several types of cars.

They say the expansion will help keep up with demand and changing trends in the automotive industry.

Parents pack school board meeting after destructive school prank

(WBIR) Despite it not being on the agenda Thursday night, parents packed the Monroe County School Board meeting in hopes of talking about the punishment students received for a destructive school prank.