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Madisonville man dies in fiery car crash

A late night crash has claimed the life of a Madisonville man.

According a report filed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 21 year old Billy Williford was traveling on Mason road when he topped a hill and lost control of his car.

The car then struck a utlility pole and came to rest in the middle of the road and caught fire.

Williford died in the crash.

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Sheriff: Man tried to burn neighbor's home

A McMinn County man is charged with attempted murder after trying to set his neighbor's house on fire.

According to Sheriff Joe Guy, firefighters and officers responded to a car on fire in a garage at a home on County Road 146 in Riceville around 3:00 am Friday morning. The fire was extinguished before spreading to the house. Two members of the Hixon family were home, and said they'd been having problems with a neighbor.

McMinn official pleads guilty to stealing gas from county

An East Tennessee elected official admits he used county money to buy gas for his personal vehicle.

Jerry Anderson will spend one year under supervised probation.

The McMinn County property assessor pleaded guilty to one count of official misconduct. Two misdemeanor counts of theft were dismissed on Monday.

Authorities say he used the "county highway department's" gas card at least twice to fill up for personal use.

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McMinn County's property assessor is facing charges of using county money to fill up his personal vehicle.

TBI: Wife of McMinn deputy stole drugs from cruiser

The wife of a McMinn County deputy is accused of stealing drugs from the safe of her husband's police vehicle.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Marquita Price, 29, of Niota, was indicted Tuesday by the McMinn County grand jury on one count of theft over $1,000, one count of possession of schedule I drug for resale and two counts of possession of a schedule II drug for resale. She was arrested and booked into the McMinn County Jail on $50,000 bond.

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An elderly man died after his bulldozer rolled over him in Vonore Saturday afternoon.

(WBIR-Vonore) An elderly man died after his bulldozer rolled over him in Vonore Saturday afternoon.

Floyd Bright, 84, of Vonore was working on his bulldozer at his farm on White Pines Road when the accident occurred. When officers arrived at his farm at about 2 p.m., Bright was already dead.

Authorities classified the incident as a tragic accident.

Monroe man faces moonshine & marijuana charges

A Monroe County man is facing moonshine and marijuana charges.

Deputies arrested Richard Lee Wilson, 53, on Tuesday. A grand jury indicted him earlier this month. Wilson is charged with possession of a still, possession of untaxed liquor and manufacturing marijuana.

In July, the Governor's Task Force on Marijuana Eradication was flying over the area when they spotted a grow operation on Wilson's property on Mecca Pike in Englewood, just inside the Monroe County line.

When they investigated, authorities found 32 marijuana plants and the moonshine.


Thousands of stolen items recovered from Meigs Co. property

(WBIR-Monroe County) Several agencies worked together to uncover thousands of stolen items from a Meigs County home that had been stolen from six counties.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff, a stolen credit card used in Madisonville sparked the investigation that uncovered the large cache of stolen goods.

"In my 22 years I've never seen nothing this large scale as far as recovery," said Scott Webb, Detective Captain with Madisonville Police Department.