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Police: Man stole donations meant for sick kids


Athens Police are looking for a man who walked into a local Walmart earlier this month, and walked out with a container of donations meant for sick kids.

According to Detective Josh Rhodes, the man caught on surveillance camera on July 5 took a container of money meant for the Children's Miracle Network. He used a two-wheeled cart that he also stole from the store.

The cart and the donation container were loaded into a small, light-colored car and the thief drove away.

McMinn county scam impersonating local sheriff, authorities


The McMinn County Sheriff's Department is warning area residents about a recent phone scam where the caller is impersonating law enforcement and local authorities.

Monroe Co. inmates escape in stolen Ford Explorer


Two inmates at the Monroe County Jail stole a vehicle and escaped on Friday.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Tony Joe Carroll and Ricky Burnette were working off site at a convenience center when they stole an SUV belonging to one of the site supervisors and drove away.

They are driving a gold 2006 Ford Explorer with TN tag 325 RMV.

Athens sisters safe after paddleboarding from GA to SC


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Two Tennessee women are safe after a storm blew their paddleboards from a Georgia island to a South Carolina island.

Twenty-seven-year-old Cayci Underwood and 21-year-old Summer Underwood set out from Tybee Island, Georgia, when they were caught by stormy weather and spent hours on the water Tuesday.

They abandoned their paddleboard when they were is sight of Hilton Head Island and it took 45 minutes to make it ashore, nearly 8 miles from where they started.

TBI: Three arrests made in July 4th murder


(WBIR) The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested three suspects in a McMinn County murder on the Fourth of July.

McMinn County deputies found the body of Tyler W.T. Womack, 20, at the home of his friend in Athens. Officials said the house had also been burglarized.

TBI said they arrested Thursday morning Thomas Odum, 48, Martha A. Thompson, 42, and Amanda L. Britnell, 34. All three suspects admitted they were involved in the crime, according to a TBI release.

UPDATE: Missing Madisonville woman found safe


Thursday 12:10 p.m.

Authorities Thursday morning made contact with a Madisonville woman who was reported missing earlier this week, according to Madisonville Police Chief Gregg Breeden.

Breeden said 54-year-old Julia Wilbur is doing fine and appears to be in good health.

Original story - Wednesday July 2


Authorities are asking the public's help to find a missing Madisonville woman.

Kingsport man electrocuted at McMinn Co. farm


(WBIR) A Kingsport man was electrocuted while unloading grain into a silo at a McMinn County farm Wednesday morning.

Bill Dougherty, 63, was trying to blow feed grain from his tanker truck into a feed silo when the truck's boom touched some power lines, according to McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy. The end of the truck quickly burst into flames, and people nearby weren't able to save him.

The incident happened at a farm on Country Road 609 at about 8:45 a.m.

Dougherty worked for Koch foods.