A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT is in effect into Wednesday due repeated rainfall. A Flood Watch is in effect for our area until 7 AM Wednesday. Where there are more pauses in the rain, totals will be closer to 2 inches but some will receive at least 4 inches of rainfall total. Creeks and streams run high and areas with poor runoff could face flooding problems. Busy commute hours could face more slowdowns, with fog and standing water on roads as well.
ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) -- A McMinn County sheriff's deputy tried to talk a man from the rail of a bridge and used a Taser to subdue him when his attention was diverted.
Deputy Caleb Martin says he arrived in response to a call Sunday night to find 26-year-old Mark Dockery swinging a metal pipe at motorists. Martin says when Dockery saw him, the man ran to a bridge over a small stream and stood on the rail.
The report states Dockery was drunk and threatened to jump and take the officer with him, if he got too close.
Martin talked Dockery back from the outside bridge rail and -- when the man's attention was diverted by another officer's flashlight -- the deputy stunned him with a Taser to prevent him from jumping.
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