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.