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Monday marks 3 years since tornado ripped through Tellico Plains


Monday marks three years since 18 tornadoes touched down across the area.

The outbreak included an EF-2 tornado that swept through downtown Tellico Plains, damaging or destroying dozens of homes and businesses.

The National Weather Service recorded 70 confirmed tornadoes between March 2 and 3 across the South, which killed 41 people. No one died in Tennessee.

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Monroe County and Sweetwater schools are closed Thursday and Friday due to illness, according to the systems' spokespersons.


Monroe County and Sweetwater schools are closed Thursday and Friday due to illness, according to the systems' spokespersons.

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Monroe Co. officials dispel rumors of school closure


(WBIR - Monroe County) Monroe County school officials met with hundreds of parents Thursday night to squash rumors about a school closing.

There had been rumors circulating in the area that Coker Creek Elementary would be closed due to budget cuts. But Monroe County Director of Schools, Tim Blankenship, told parents that isn't true, and tried to reassure parents the school is safe.

NTSB report: Poor visibility factor in stunt pilot's fatal crash


Poor visibility more than likely contributed to a small plane crash in the Cherokee National Forest last spring that killed a stunt pilot, according to a report recently released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Former deputies say they were fired for supporting losing candidate


Two Monroe County deputies have filed a federal lawsuit against Sheriff Tommy Jones and former sheriff Randy White, claiming they were fired unfairly.

Eddie Manning and Doug Brannon claim they lost their jobs in October because they supported former sheriff Bill Bivens during the election and reported vote buying allegations to the district attorney general's office and the FBI.

Police: Two teens arrested after robbing pizza delivery man


(WBIR) Athens Police arrested two teenagers after they allegedly robbed and assaulted a pizza delivery driver earlier this week.

According to an incident report, the victim called authorities Monday night after he said he delivered a pizza to a home on the 400 block of Cleveland Avenue and was assaulted then robbed. The victim ran to a nearby house to call 911.

Fire at McMinn family business may have been arson


State fire officials say a weekend fire at a family-owned business in McMinn County may have been set intentionally.

The fire broke out early Sunday morning in an RV parked outside a building that the family used to restore classic cars. Family members said the RV had been parked there for three years, with no electricity, no batteries, and no fuel inside.