Knoxville Residents Try To Atone For Stolen Band Equipment

Knoxville, Tenn. (AP) -- Knoxville residents worried about their city getting a bad rap are trying to help a Michigan high school's marching band get new instruments and uniforms.

A trailer loaded with more than $170,000 worth of Jackson High School's band equipment was stolen January second from a hotel parking lot in Knoxville.

The band was on its way home from a trip to the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, where they performed at halftime on New Years Day.

Insurance won't cover all the losses.

Knoxvillians have called and sent letters and e-mails to the school to apologize for their city and some have offered to help replace the instruments and uniforms.

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