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Oneida teacher enjoys 50th summer break

Mary Ann Brewster has taught a lot of students since 1963.  She was hired by the Oneida Special School District that year as a first grade teacher.

"Then they put me in freshman English.  I taught that for a little bit.  Then they moved me up to junior English and senior English and I've been there ever since," Brewster told WBIR.

Fall 2013 will mark the teacher's 50th year instructing students in Oneida.  You don't have to ask her if she still enjoys her job.  You can tell she's happy by the smile on her face.

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Animals dumped after Campbell Co. shelter closed

(WBIR-Campbell Co.) It's been more than a month since a Campbell County animal shelter closed amid allegations that animals were improperly euthanized, but now, some residents said they are concerned because pets are being abandoned in their neighborhood.

The TBI has been conducting an investigation, and full-time employees at Adrion Baird Animal Shelter have been on paid administrative leave since April. David G. Young, the Deputy Mayor, said the shelter will remain closed until the investigation is complete.

Okla. tornadoes bring memories to '02 Mossy Grove victims

Sue Jones looked through a large, black scrapbook Tuesday, with the words engraved "Mossy Grove Tornado."

"When it came, my husband said we better get in," she recalled the night of November 10, 2002. "It was really eerie. There was no wind, but you could smell this earth."

Jones lost her home after the overnight EF3 tornado struck the small Morgan County community. Seven people died from that storm, including an infant.

The grandmother brought out the photo album after watching the coverage of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on television.

Former student accused of killing assistant principal will have new trial this fall

A new trial for a former student accused of killing a Campbell County assistant principal is scheduled to begin this fall.

Kenneth Bartley pleaded guilty in 2007 to charges tied to the shooting that left Ken Bruce dead and two other administrators injured at Campbell County High School.

His attorney says the teen didn't have enough time to consider his options, and Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood agreed that Bartley should get a new trial. The state appealed the decision, but an appeals court upheld it.

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Abandoned special needs woman inspires new Tennessee law

Last June, authorities were called to a Campbell County bar when a young woman walked in.  She couldn't tell anyone her name, where she was from, or how she got there.

Investigators finally identified her as Lynn Cameron, 19, of Illinois.  She is mentally disabled, with the mental capacity of a two-year-old.  Her mother, they learned, was no longer able to care for her, so simply dropped her off at the Big Orange Bar in Caryville, and drove away.

'Stand in the Gap' continues push to curb meth use

The Stand in the Gap Coalition is looking to tackle the region's meth problem with the help of local politicians and officials.

Since the organization found its footing in 2011, it has created chapters in 10 counties across East Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.

"There's strength in numbers," said organizer Edwin Robertson.

It may need those numbers too. It was just last month that the Tennessee Meth Task Force projected Tennessee to overtake Missouri as the number one state in the country for meth busts.

Hollywood animator inspires kids in East Tennessee

Some Scott County kids got a special treat on Friday, straight from Hollywood!

The man behind a pretty well-known kids show visited students in Oneida, showing off his talents to an appreciative audience at both the high school and elementary school.

Bob Boyle created Nickelodeon's animated series "Wow Wow Wubbzy".

Boyle talked to the kids about his work, how he got into animation, and how they could do the same.