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Jessica Kennedy awaits court of appeals' retrial ruling

A woman convicted of facilitating the murder of the Monroe County election commissioner in 2010 is waiting to hear whether she'll be granted a retrial.

A jury convicted Jessica Kennedy on several charges, including facilitation of first degree murder in August 2012 for the 2010 death of election commissioner Jim Miller. Miller's body was found shot in the trunk of his burning car in July 2010.

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Funeral arrangements set for Monroe Co. Schools director

Update Thursday 11:20 a.m.

Funeral arrangements for the Monroe County Schools director are set for this weekend.

Mike Lowry's funeral will be at First Methodist Church in Madisonville at 11 a.m. Saturday. Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. at the Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, according to the funeral home's website. Lowry, 60, will be laid to rest in the Vonore Methodist Cemetery.

The director served as an educator in Monore County for almost 40 years. He served as a teacher, principal, and most recently the director of schools.

East TN counties ask for changes to feral hog rules


Feral hogs have become a pesky problem throughout East Tennessee, tearing up farmland at a fast rate.

Sailor surprises sister at UT graduation

By Ashley Izbicki, WBIR

Nearly 2,000 graduates in black caps and gowns received their diplomas at the University of Tennessee Friday, but one journalism and electronic media major had no idea her younger brother, who has been deployed for the past 16 months, flew home to surprise her on stage.

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Hiwassee College gives former foster kids a place to call home

The latest trouble at Becca Griffey's home came to light the day before her 16th birthday.

Placed into state custody for her own safety, she spent the last two years of her childhood trying to complete high school while bouncing between a pair of foster homes in East Tennessee and a group home for girls, all the way across the state, in Memphis.

"I didn't have anybody to hold me accountable," she said. "In school I just slid by. I did the minimum work."

Wet summer means lower electricity bills, TVA says

Wet summer means lower electricity bills, TVA says

By The Tennessean, WBIR

While heavy rain in the summer might have ruined lots of cookouts and picnics, for Tennessee electricity customers the cloudsthat brought the rain came with the proverbial silver lining.

Hydroelectric dams have been in overdrive for much of the year, producing cheap energy that has brought down energy bills across the state.

Monroe Co. woman accused of murdering her husband

(WBIR-Tellico Plains) A Monroe County woman is facing charges for the murder of her husband in September.

Michael Strickland was found shot to death in the driveway of his shop directly behind his home on Fairview Road in Tellico Plains.

Neighbors told 10News that Strickland was a well-known mechanic and was well-liked.

Monroe County and TBI investigators said the victim's wife, Marie Strickland, allegedly shot her husband. Authorities accuse her brother, Chris Smallin, of allegedly disposing crime evidence.