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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.

Rushing water makes Bald River Falls more breathtaking than usual

Many people in East Tennessee are a little tired of the rain. But you have to admit, it's making some beautiful local scenery even more beautiful.

At Bald River Falls in the Cherokee National Forest near Tellico Plains, the force of all the extra water is very apparent.  The water rushes 90 feet over the rocks, crashing into the river below.

It is widely thought to be one of the most impressive and scenic waterfalls in the area, and now, it's even more so!

Monroe Co. couple now charged in campground death

A Monroe County couple is now charged in connection with a murder that happened back in 2009.

Last week, a grand jury returned a second degree murder indictment against Josh Anderson in the shooting death of Vincent Cole at the bar at Hidden Lake Campground, which is located between Tellico Plains and Vonore.

His wife, Jamie Anderson, is charged with facilitation of second degree murder.

Josh Anderson was taken into custody on July 4.  Jamie Anderson was already in custody on several other charges.

 

Rescheduled fireworks hope to avoid more rain

If you didn't get your fill of fireworks in the rain this Fourth of July, it looks like there will be more opportunities to get in on the action. Several cities that decided to move their shows to drier dates now say they're seeing more wet weather in the forecast.

This year, mother nature made it clear she does not take orders from our founding fathers.

"We researched the weather and waited as long as we could and every indication was yesterday would have been a wash out," said Mike Keith with the city of Athens.