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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