published Friday, November 9th, 2012

Three arrested on drug counts and other news from the areas around Chattanooga

Three arrested on drug counts

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Three Alabama men were arrested Wednesday on drug charges after a traffic stop, authorities said.

Antonio DeSean Jones, 22, of Hollywood, Ala.; Anthony Cordell Provens, 26, of Huntsville; and Chadwick Demar Provens, 20, of Langston, Ala., are charged with second-degree possession of marijuana, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

On Wednesday, during a traffic stop in Scottsboro, Ala., investigators found marijuana and more than $3,500 in cash, the release said.

The three men are in Jackson County Jail, and bond is set at $500 for each, the release said.


Darwin gets 4,000 write-in votes

ATHENS, Ga. — Election officials in Athens-Clarke County said Charles Darwin received nearly 4,000 write-in votes after a Georgia congressman denounced evolution and other scientific theories as "lies straight from the pits of hell."

Athens-Clarke County elections supervisor Gail Schrader released the figures Thursday. The write-in votes for Darwin, the 19th century naturalist considered the father of evolution, were merely symbolic as Republican Rep. Paul Broun cruised to re-election unopposed.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported write-in totals were not immediately available in the 24 remaining counties in Broun's 10th District. The congressman received a total of 209,917 votes in the election.

Critics urged the congressman's constituents to write-in Darwin after Broun was videotaped lambasting evolution.


King activities planned for 2013

DALTON, Ga. — A banquet, gospel music concert and the placement of a memorial wreath will be part of Dalton's 2013 celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a news release states.

On Jan. 12 a gospel explosion concert will be held at 6 p.m. at Cross Pointe Christian Center.

On Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. the historical banquet will be at the Banquet Hall at First Baptist Church. And on Jan. 21, there will be a memorial wreath-laying on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, followed by a prayer breakfast at Mack Gaston Community Center, the celebration planning committee said.

The banquet speaker will be Nwandi Lawson, founder of Reve productions, an independent production company. She is a magna cum laude broadcast journalism graduate of Howard University.

The celebration panel's next meeting will be Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center. The meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend and become a part of the celebration committee.

For more information call Chairman Windell Smith at 706-383-1116.

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