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Sheriff: Accidental shooting Monday leaves McMinn County woman dead

ETOWAH, Tenn. — An investigation is underway in McMinn County after a shooting left a woman from Etowah dead. McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy says deputies were dispatched to Starr Athens Hospital's emergency room just after 7 a.m. on Monday morning on a report of an accidental shooting.


Polk County Commissioners pass gun sanctuary resolution

POLK COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – Polk County Commissioners voted to pass a gun sanctuary resolution Thursday night. Commission Chair Greg Brooks said the resolution passed 8 to 1.


City of Athens to provide free wifi downtown

ATHENS, Tenn. (WATE) - The city of Athens is bringing the world wide web to its residents and visitors for free. The Appalachian Regional Commission approved a grant of nearly $40,000 to the city - to provide public WiFi service in the historic commercial core of the city.


Tennessee man returns home to find naked man on couch

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A man said he returned to his Nashville, Tennessee, home to find a naked man sitting on his couch drinking juice, according to a police report. The incident happened Wednesday night. The resident said he called out to the stranger, who then screamed and dropped the juice, WKRN-TV


Lightning strikes Acropolis in Greece, 4 lightly injured

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials say four people have been lightly injured after lightning struck the Acropolis in Athens during a rainstorm. A culture ministry official told The Associated Press there was no initial indication of damage to the monuments on the ancient citadel, which include th


Bristol, Tennessee Police Department cruiser involved in car crash

BRISTOL, Tenn (WJHL) - - The Bristol, Tennessee Police Department has released that one of its cruisers was involved in a car crash early Friday morning. The crash happened around midnight on the corner of 7th Street and Broad Street in Bristol, Tennessee.


Oldest Tennessee church still holding services

Sinking Creek Baptist has provided many people a church home for almost 250 years. The oldest church in Tennessee, it is located at 2313 Elizabethton Highway in Johnson City — on the same ground where it began in 1772. It is named for a tributary of the Watauga River, and was originally called Watau


Public WiFi coming to Athens, Tenn.

ATHENS, Tenn. — Residents of and visitors to Athens Tennessee have a new way to be connected to the World Wide Web. The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved a $37,500 grant to the City of Athens to provide public WiFi service in the historic commercial core of Athens.


Investigation of illegal painkillers targets 30 in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal authorities have charged more than 30 medical professionals in Tennessee with illegally prescribing and distributing millions of prescription painkillers, many of which contained opioids.


Chamber members settling in at permanent home

After almost two years of being displaced, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is back in business at its permanent location in Downtown Athens. The Chamber of Commerce was devastated by the Downtown Athens fire on July 1, 2017 and, until about a month ago, has been operating out of the McMinn County Co


Tennessee House passes hands-free driving bill

The Tennessee House has advanced legislation banning motorists from holding cellphones while driving. Currently, hand-held cellphone use is banned in Tennessee school zones.


Forever Daylight Saving Time in Tennessee? Bill likely headed to full floor votes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Despite efforts to kill the bill, a measure to keep Daylight Saving Time is likely to be scheduled for full floor votes in the House and the Senate.


Multi-agency warrant sweep underway in middle Tennessee

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Decaturville Elementary School is on a precautionary lockdown while a multi-agency investigation is underway. The school confirmed to FOX 17 News that the school is on a precautionary lockdown while an investigation is taking place at a home near the school.


Tn Health Dept: First case of measles detected in Tennessee as part of nationwide outbreak

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) says it has detected the state's first measles case aspart of a recent nationwide outbreak. The TDH says the State Public Health Laboratory confirmed a positive test for the illness in a resident of east Tennessee.


Etowah Principal May Have Violated Tennessee Law Urging Teachers to Fight School Vouchers

Etowah City School Principal Brian Trammell recently emailed his teachers and staff and urged them to lobby against the school vouchers’ bill up for consideration in the Tennessee General Assembly.


Diver rescued after being trapped for 27 hours in Tennessee cave

John Bratchley, one of the British divers who helped rescue the trapped Thai soccer team last summer, was separated from his group on a dive through a Tennessee cave. He was trapped for more than a day before he was rescued.


Lost in the Weeds: Tennessee Just Says No

A bill that would have allowed medical marijuana in certain forms was abandoned last week by Tennessee lawmakers. Tennessee was poised to join the 33 other states where residents can legally use marijuana for medical purposes. The Tennessee Agriculture Medicine Act would have created a legal medical


Museum Matters: Civil War family

The Civil War exhibit at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum reveals the history of many McMinn County families. One family that stands out is the Bogart family. Charles (b. 1809, d. 1898) and Caroline Breazeale Bogart (b.1813, d.1874) had three sons and two sons-in-law in the Civil War serving


Trash in bag could mean cash in hand

Helping to keep McMinn beautiful could come with an extra reward this year. McMinn County government and Keep McMinn Beautiful (KMB) are teaming up to host the Pick It Up McMinn Litter Hunt on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Market Park in Downtown Athens. This event will cap off Clea


Bradley Co. man shoots dog he says was trying to attack neighbors' children on trampoline

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A Bradley County man likely saved the lives of the children living next door. He says a possibly rabid dog tried to attack them while they were playing outside.