Why the Talk of Racketeering?

Racketeering Monroe County TN Vote Buying Investigation 2017
There’s a reasonable possibility the word “racketeering” will be a word of interest in coming days. It’s seldom used in small towns but appears for the most part in cities and urban areas where crimes and gang members proliferate. Racketeering – it has a ring. It’s used to describe “organized crime.” For the record, racketeering is a criminal activity best defined in 18 US Code 1961 […]
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Former Deputy Detained by Feds

Brian Keith Worm Hodge Arrested Blount County TN
In Custody Late Thursday, Out Friday A Monroe County Sheriff’s auxiliary deputy was placed in custody by federal agents at his workplace on Thursday and held in detention at the Blount County Jail for approximately 30 hours before being released. He was identified by the Blount County Jail‘s “online inmate system” as 32 year old Brian Keith “Worm” Hodge. Reportedly, agents arrested him while he […]
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Ethan’s Happy Place

Ethan's Happy Place Panhypopituitarism Monroe County Tellico Plains TN
Between Madisonville and Tellico Plains sits a house that is home to young Ethan and his family. Ethan Rickman is an eight-year-old child who is a student at Tellico Plains Elementary School. He loves riding the bus to school and back home each day. And he actually leaves home with excitement each morning, ready to […]
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The BUZZ to Host First Rural Writers’ Conference

Monroe County TN Rural Writers' Conference
Reaching out to East Tennessee’s Literary Community Tabitha Prock East Tennessee is a place filled with natural beauty and rich cultural heritage to which writers of all genres have been drawn including James Agee, Alex Haley, and Cormack McCarthy. An exciting convergence of our local literary community will take place Saturday, April 30 from 10 […]
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