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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.

tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

As many high school seniors begin to prepare for college, one local scholarship program is gearing up for a higher number of applicants this year.

"tnAchieves" provides assistance to public school students who continue their education at a community college. In East Tennessee, those schools include Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, and Walter State Community college.

The "last dollar" scholarship provides funds to cover whatever tuition costs remain after financial aid and other scholarships.