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Vonore teacher arrested for DUI on administrative leave


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A Vonore teacher accused of driving drunk has been placed on administrative leave without pay for three days.

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Mississippi man dies in I-75 crash in Monroe County


A Mississippi man is dead after his SUV crashed on Interstate 75 in Monroe County.

It happened around 4 a.m. Saturday near mile marker 61 in Sweetwater.

Bobby D. Buckalew, 47, was driving northbound when his Jeep Laredo went off the left side of the interstate, through a median and into a culvert, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report. The SUV rolled over, returned to an upright position, then continued north in the median. The SUV stopped when the right side hit a tree.


Judge: Randy White won't serve as Monroe Co. Sheriff


ID=13432671A special judge ordered that Randy White will not serve as Monroe County sheriff, despite winning the election by popular vote in August.

Madisonville teen killed in fiery crash


A Monroe County teenager is dead after a fiery crash in Madisonville early Monday morning.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. on Niles Ferry Road between Twelve Oaks Drive and Southern Hills Drive.

Denver Hedrick, 18, was driving south when he lost control in a left curve, a Tennessee Highway Patrol report shows.

His car went off the road, hit a tree and caught fire.

Hedrick died at the scene.


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Suspects who tied up and robbed elderly man are in custody


The three people who were accused of tying up a Niota and cooking pizzas while robbing him have been captured.

Investigators said Charlene Hayes, James Wagner and Jeffrey Mounts were arrested early Wednesday morning in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The three had been staying in a local motel and were caught driving a stolen truck.

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Cherokee Forest squatter was building a cabin, planting a garden


A Monroe County man was building himself a log cabin and raising a garden on an isolated and beautiful plot of land in the mountains of East Tennessee.

Unfortunately, the land he chose was in the middle of the Cherokee National Forest, and now, that man faces time in federal prison.

Forest Service obtains Trail of Tears land


ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) - A nonprofit has conveyed 222 acres containing part of the Cherokee Trails of Tears to the U.S. Forest Service.

The Conservation Fund purchased a 392-acre property in 2013 that contained a portion of the trail. According to the group, it conveyed 170 acres to the Forest Service earlier this year and the remainder last week.