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Athens City Schools closed Friday due to illness

Athens City Schools are starting Christmas break a day earlier this year.

School officials canceled Friday's classes due to illness. Administrators said a number of students and teachers have flu-like symptoms and other illnesses.

Friday was supposed to be the system's last day before Christmas break, but its last day of school this year was Thursday.

Last week, Alcoa City Schools closed because of illness.

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Women plead guilty to stealing cash, checks from mail

Two Monroe County women have admitted to stealing other people's mail.

According to the US Attorney's Office, Sarah Jane Duncan, 38, of Vonore, and Amber Dawn Thomas, 33, also of Vonore, pleaded guilty on December 2 to theft of mail and possessing the identification of another without lawful authority. They could face up to six months in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced in April.

Driver burned beyond recognition in McMinn Co. crash

Officials said they're working to identify a driver killed in a fiery crash in McMinn County late Sunday night.

State troopers said the driver lost control while turning left on Old Mecca Pike in Etowah, slid off the road, hit two trees, and caught on fire.

Authorities said by the time troopers arrived at the scene shortly before 11 a.m., the car was fully engulfed.

Jones appointed Monroe Co. Sheriff

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Monroe Co. Commissioners to select interim sheriff

The Monroe County Commission is expected to appoint an interim sheriff Tuesday night, after several months of wrangling over should be the county's top cop.

Randy White beat out incumbent Bill Bivens in the August election by about 700 votes, despite a ruling by the POST Commission that he didn't have enough hours to qualify for the position.

Report: Jailer gets DUI after driving 122 mph on I-75

A Monroe County jailer lost his job after being charged with DUI.

According to the incident report, Cameron Michael Foister, 21, was pulled over after a Loudon County deputy with a radar gun clocked him going 122 mph on I-75S near the Sugar Limb exit.

When the car stopped, the deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.

Foister told the deputy he was leaving a Knoxville bar after drinking three shots and three beers. He then failed a field sobriety test.

UPDATE: Authorities find missing 15-month-old boy