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McMinn Central football player battles disease

McMinn Central football player battles disease

Dylan Cochran has a lot more on his mind than just victory on the field. 

His ordeal began last year when went to the doctor with a suspected concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit. But doctors had a much more serious diagnosis for the 17-year-old.

A disease called Adreoleukodystrophy (ALD) threatens to disable him.

Now his family is hoping a bone marrow transplant will help keep him on the field.

As one of McMinn Central Football's kickers, he's got to be cool under pressure, but not even his illness seems to rattle him.

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Parade rolls through Tellico Village on 25th anniversary

Parade rolls through Tellico Village on 25th anniversary

An East Tennessee community is marking a major milestone. Tellico Village is now 25 years old.

Friday, an anniversary parade rolled through town to celebrate, full of marching bands, antique cars and motorcycles.

Residents say the community is special because it's tight knit and there's plenty of things to do.

"Well it's a very active community. We have three golf courses, a wellness center. I just participated in a couple of months ago in a physical health program which was great, so they have a lot of different things," said Jim Trocolla.

Tellico Plains eatery caters to bikers

Tellico Plains eatery caters to bikers

Nut-n-Fancy in Tellico Plains is minutes away from favorite East Tennessee motorcycle routes.

Just so there's no confusion, the sign outside the restaurant says 'bikers welcome.'

"We're on the Cherohala so we get a lot of bikers and they're great customers so we wanted to make sure they knew they were welcome," Nut-n-Fancy owner Deborah Snyder said.

Motorcycle riders say they appreciate the hospitality at Nut-n-Fancy.

"It's good food and a lot of people hang out together just like comraderyship," Keith Pitchford said.

Miller murder investigation now focuses on 'other persons'

Miller murder investigation now focuses on 'other persons'

Now that a jury has convicted 29-year-old Jessica Kennedy of helping rob and kill Monroe County Election Commissioner Jim Miller, the victim's family wonders what is next in the ongoing investigation of those Kennedy supposedly helped.

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Kennedy found guilty of facilitating murder of Jim Miller

Kennedy found guilty of facilitating murder of Jim Miller

It took a Monroe County jury nine hours to determine the fate of a woman accused of killing Election Commissioner Jim Miller in 2010.  When all was said and done, at 8:20 p.m. Monday the jury determined 29-year-old Jessica Kennedy was guilty of facilitating the murder of Jim Miller.

Kennedy's trial started last week and featured almost nine hours of recorded interrogations where she repeatedly changed her story until ultimately confessing to a role in Miller's death.

State to honor teens killed by drunk driver in Athens

State to honor teens killed by drunk driver in Athens

This week, state leaders will honor two East Tennessee teenagers and their friend who were all killed by a drunk driver.

The crash happened four years ago, in July of 2008 along Highway 305 in Athens.

17-year-old Racheal Slade and 16-year-old John Daugherty died. Their friend, Shane Standridge, survived but died this year from his injuries.

The state says it will announce details on an upcoming sobriety checkpoint in memory of the three young people. That announcement is set for Wednesday at the McMinn County Sheriff's Department.

Monroe Co. Marine returns to East Tennessee

Monroe Co. Marine returns to East Tennessee

An East Tennessee Marine is home after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan. Private First Class Kyle Day returned to his Monroe County home Friday evening, where he was greeted by family and friends.

"I feel good. Finally, to see me friends and family - it's really nice. Very relaxing," he said.

His grandmother, Ginger Day, said she is thrilled he made it back to Tennessee safely.

"It's so good to welcome them home under good circumstances. But never, ever forgetting that some came home in a different way, gave it their all," she said.