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McMinn deputies train for worst-case school scenario

From Columbine to Sandy Hook, deadly school shootings have become engrained in our nation's memory. While these types of shootings are very rare in the grand scheme of things, they can and do happen. 

In the last decade, East Tennessee has endured a couple of fatal shootings at schools in Campbell County and Knoxville.

As students in McMinn County wrap up the summer and prepare to head back to school, deputies were already in the halls and classrooms on Wednesday to prepare for a worst-case school scenario.

Sweetwater football coach charged with DUI

(WBIR-Sweetwater, Tn) The Sweetwater High School football coach has voluntarily stepped aside, after he was charged with a DUI earlier this week.

According to a Loudon Police Department arrest report, Craig Franklin Moser was arrested just after midnight on Monday.  The officer said he saw Moser get out of the driver side of a white Dodge pickup truck that was parked at a gas station on Highway 72 in Loudon.  He said Moser "had a strong odor of an intoxicant about his person" and "red watery eyes."

10News Investigation: Are your schools safer this year?

(WBIR - Knoxville) We are taking a sweeping look at school security changes in districts across East Tennessee.

School shootings, especially Sandy Hook where 20 students died last December, helped drive a deeper conversation about how districts can do a better job keeping kids safe at school.

Deputies say suspect handed them a candy bar instead of driver license

A Vonore man is facing charges in McMinn County after officers found him with meth and he gave them a candy bar as a form of identification.

Travis Giles, 35, is charged with drug possession and tampering with evidence.

According to court documents, deputies went to the Rocky Top Shell station on Tennessee Avenue in Etowah after someone called 9-1-1 about a possible drunk person inside a car in the parking lot.

McMinn Co. woman terrified by hitchhiker

(WBIR - Athens) An act of kindness turned into a scary incident for one McMinn County woman and her young son.

According to an Athens Police report, the woman was driving with her 9-year old son and picked up Stephen Conar on the side of the road.

While she was driving him to his home in Athens, he threatened to kill himself. As she was pulling out of the driveway, she says she saw the man put a rifle in his mouth.

She called the sheriff's department to report the incident and drove away.

Invasive Kudzu Bugs stink, stain, and spread in East TN

They're here.  "Here" is East Tennessee and "they" are the invasive Kudzu Bugs from Asia.  The insects first arrived in the United States around four years ago in Georgia.  Since then they have ravaged crops, annoyed homeowners, and shown no signs of slowing down.

TN senators renew efforts to preserve TN wilderness

Tennessee senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are renewing their efforts to preserve more of Tennessee's wilderness. The two senators are hoping to add 20,000 acres in six areas to the Cherokee National Forest.

They filed the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013 on Monday. The act would create a new 9,000-acre area in Monroe County at the upper Bald River and add land to five other sites.

The senators say it's an important step to protecting Tennessee's natural beauty. They say the proposed wilderness areas would have no effect on privately owned land.