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Monroe man accused of squatting in national forest

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File Photo: Fallen leaves adorn a pool on the Bald River Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in the Cherokee National Forest near Tellico Plains. (PAUL EFIRD/NEWS SENTINEL) File Photo: Fallen leaves adorn a pool on the Bald River Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in the Cherokee National Forest near Tellico Plains. (PAUL EFIRD/NEWS SENTINEL)

All Terry L. Sharkey wants to do is live off the land.

There's just one problem — the land he keeps choosing is federal property.

Sharkey this week traded life off the grid in a section of the Cherokee National Forest in Monroe County for a jail cell. He is facing federal charges after U.S. Forest Service agents discovered an elaborate homestead Sharkey constructed on Gravel Stand Mountain, including cabins built from trees in the national forest, court records stated.

The case began in April when a pilot conducting a flyover because of an arson case in the Cherokee National Forest saw a tent and what appeared to be a bathtub made of rocks on the mountain.


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