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Athens house fire kills mother of three


(WBIR-Athens) A house fire in Athens killed a mother of three Wednesday morning.

Firefighters said several other people in the home, including several children under the age of ten, managed to safely escape.

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Fire damages several cars at Monroe Co. car auction business


Investigators determined that a fire started in two wrecked vehicles at a Monroe County car auction business late Monday night.

Firefighters responded to the Coparts Auto Auction on Highway 411, just south of Madisonville, shortly after 10:30 p.m. In all, officials confirmed that the fire damaged three tractor trailers, a camper, and trailer.

No one was hurt in the incident.


Woman says her friend didn't hang herself.. she killed her


A Monroe County woman has confessed to killing her friend a year and a half ago because she "could not live with the pain any longer."

Paula Ferguson went to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department on March 10 to tell invesigators that Rebecca Davis' death was not a suicide.

She said on August 11, 2013, she and Davis were outside "shooting up" and "playing around" when Davis got up on a table and tied a cable around her neck beneath a big pine tree.

Storm cleanup continues in Monroe County


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MADISONVILLE - The Monroe County Highway Department has moved more than 350 loads of debris to a nearby burn site since the February ice storm.

Crews have been hard at work for more than a month and officials said cleanup could very well continue into the late summer months.

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Parents charged after crash killed one child, injured another


A couple is charged after a traffic accident that killed one of their children and seriously injured another.

On February 1, Raymond Shumate was behind the wheel on State Highway 307, when his car ran off the road and crashed into a tree. The car caught fire.

Shumate's 7-year-old son, Luke, died in the crash. Another child in the car, Jake, 9 was hurt, and is still recovering in Children's Hospital. None of them were wearing seatbelts.

State hosts job fair in Vonore Wednesday


The state is hosting a jobs fair in Vonore Wednesday.

Jobs4TN's job fair is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Tellico West Conference Center. Participating employers include CVS Health, Malibu Boats, Hardee's and more.

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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.