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Local Woman Dies In Wreck

   A Tellico Plains Woman was killed from a head-on collision on Labor Day on Croft Road near Beaty's Chapel. Virginia Hodge, 58, of Beaty's Chapel was pronounced dead at Sweetwater Hospital. Fred McCormick the driver of the 1965 Rail Buggy, Hodges rode in, was flown to UT by Lifestar, and was listed in stable condition.

   April McDaniel of Tellico Plains and the passenger of the other vehicle, a 1988 Chevy Cavalier were treated and released from Sweetwater Hospital. Apparently the Cavalier swerved and hit the rail buggy head on. Hodges had to be cut out of the vehicle. No one was wearing a seat belt. No charges were issued. Virginia Mae Hodge was laid to rest at Mt. Zion Church in Ballplay. She was survived by 6 children and eighteen grand-children and 3 great grand-children.


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KOA going in on Tellico River near Shorty's Market.

KOA Campground Going In On Tellico River

A KOA Campground is under construction off Ballplay Road near Shorty's Market in Tellico Plains. The campground is on Stokely property adjacent to Tellico River. The campground will have 70 hookups and a total of 103 units. 


Mamie Burris Fox and her brother Boyd Burris.

Mamie Burris Fox Celebrates 100th. Birthday

Mamie Burris Fox celebrated her 100th. birthday at the Tellico Plains Community Center on September  9th.  Her birthday was on September 12th. 1900. Mamie lived all her life in Tellico Plains, with her late husband Clyde Fox. Pictured with Mamie is her brother Boyd Burris, age 89. Approximately 150 people attended the birthday celebration on Saturday the 9th. Mamie has two daughters, Ellen wear and Jena Hancock. She has five grand children (one deceased) and three great grand children.


Wreck On Highway 68 Monday Afternoon

Wreck on Hwy. 68 Monday 11th.

A wreck occurred on Highway 68, Monday the 11th. around 4:30 p.m.  A Jeep Cherokee apparently making a U-turn was involved in a wreck with a late model Ford F-150 truck. It happened on Hwy. 68 east of Mountain View Market. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee was test driving the vehicle from Holcomb's Motors in Madisonville. The driver was from Spring City, Tennessee. No one was injured.


Bomb Threat at Arrowhead Land Company

A bomb threat was called into Arrowhead Land Company, Thursday the 14th. around 3:13 p.m. An altered recorded voice stated in the call that they had 40 minutes to evacuate the building before a bomb was scheduled to go off. Julie Potorski, who received the call, immediately called 911. Three Tellico Plains Police officers responded within a couple of minutes. They evacuated Arrowhead's office and the community library across highway 165. A search of the property and building was made by the Tellico Police, but no bomb was found.


Volunteer Federal Customer Appreciation Day 2000.

Volunteer Federal Customer Appreciation Day

Volunteer Federal Bank had it's Customer Appreciation Day around Monroe County on Saturday, September 30. Pictured here is part of the great staff at the Tellico Plains Branch. Coffee, soft drinks & biscuits were served up to the customers in the Tellico Plains Branch Saturday morning.


Lay's Packing Company Recalls Hot Dogs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - About 48,000 pounds of hot dogs produced by the Lay Packing Co. in Knoxville have been voluntarily recalled because of potential contamination from a bacteria that causes listeriosis. The recall involves five brands produced on July 24 and distributed to retailers in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. The USDA, which announced the recall Tuesday, said it had received no reports of illnesses, but encouraged concerned consumers to call their doctor. Listeriosis is an uncommon but potentially fatal disease with symptoms including high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea, the USDA said.


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