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Former Friendsville employee takes plea deal in $15k theft


A former Friendsville employee charged with theft for stealing more than $15,000 from the city took a plea deal in court.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Machella Meaghan Gilliam agreed to the deal Monday.

Deputies began investigating Gilliam last April after a state comptroller's office audit revealed missing funds.

Gilliam is a former town clerk.

Friendsville's mayor says the town has adopted a new policy to keep this from happening again.

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Woman who spent 12 days alone in Smokies was 'unprepared'


(WBIR) A 44-year-old woman is in the hospital after Blount County deputies found her in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Monday morning.

GSMNP officials said she woman called 911 on her cell phone Monday morning, saying she had hypothermia.

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Former postal workers admit to lying for benefits


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Federal officials say two former U.S. Postal workers from Maryville have admitted to lying to collect government benefits by falsely claiming that one of the pair was so injured she couldn't work.

Federal Prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's office in Knoxville say the couple was caught after video captured the two taking a cruise, waking for hours at a time at different ports, followed by a trip to Disneyland.

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Alcoa Schools change financial policies after alleged employee theft


Officials with Alcoa City Schools have made substantial changes to their financial policies after they say an employee stole close to $350-thousand dollars from the district.

Director of Schools Dr. Brian Bell said they have developed stricter guidelines when it comes to placing a purchase order. The district also has new protocols for travel reimbursements and use of the district's credit card.

Boy's birthday wish is to help the homeless


(WBIR) Most soon to be 12-year-old boys want a game or toy for their birthday, but not one local boy. He's asking for cases of bottled water.

Nicholas Bryant is a 5th grader at Townsend Elementary who turns 12 on June 29. He's asking for bottled water donations instead of regular gifts.

Nicholas began his water collection last year after helping his church feed the homeless and learning on the radio that people also need bottled water. So, that's what he asked for from friends and relatives.

Maryville College kids get scientific for trip west


(WBIR) Some Maryville College students concocted a smart and fun way to raise money to take a trip out west.

There was food, inflatables and dunk the professor. But they also blinded them with science with things like catapulting things through plant cells and having dry-ice ice cream.

The students hope to raise enough money to attend a American Chemical Societymeeting, but also show folks that science can really be fun.