published Monday, February 7th, 2011

Kiwanis to host top state justice and other top region stories

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CLEVELAND, Tenn.

Kiwanis to host top state justice

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Cornelia A. Clark will be the speaker Thursday at the Cleveland Kiwanis Club. The club meets at noon at the Mountain View Inn.

Clark holds a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University, a master's in teaching from Harvard University and earned her law degree from Vanderbilt Law School.

She was the first woman to become a partner in the former law firm of Farris, Warfield & Kanaday and worked as city attorney in her hometown, Franklin.

Clark was a circuit judge for the 21st Judicial District from 1989 to 1999. She was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2005 by then-Gov. Phil Bredesen. She began a two-year term as chief justice Sept. 1.

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AUGUSTA, Ga.

Hospital searched after bomb threat

Authorities have searched University Hospital in Augusta after a patient received a bomb threat.

Authorities say a patient got a call Saturday night in which a man told her there was a bomb on her floor and that it would blow up that night. Officers searched the hospital with a dog but found nothing suspicious.

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LITHONIA, Ga.

Man is shot outside church

Authorities say a man is in critical condition after he was shot Saturday in the parking lot of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia.

Authorities say the shooting is not connected to the church, home of embattled minister Bishop Eddie Long.

Long has been sued by four young men who claim he coerced them into sexual relationships. He has denied the allegations.

Police are investigating the shooting.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala.

Student to face discipline for slur

University of Alabama President Robert E. Witt says a student faces disciplinary action for using a racial slur about another student Friday.

Witt sent an e-mail Saturday to faculty, staff and students. Witt wrote that the university finds "this behavior totally unacceptable."

University administrators would not release more details or the name of the students involved.

University spokesman Bill McDaniel said any action taken against the student would not be released because of privacy laws.

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MARYVILLE, Tenn.

2 bound over in beating death

A Tennessee judge has ordered two people held in jail on $750,000 bond while a grand jury weighs whether they should be charged in a beating death.

General Sessions Judge Michael A. Gallegos on Friday found probable cause to believe that Jimmy Lynn Rauhuff, 40, of Friendsville, and Crystal Victoria Summey, 33, of Greenback, were involved in the October death of James Arthur Moser, of Friendsville, The Daily Times reported.

Moser was found beaten to death in his home.

Summey's sister declined comment to the paper on Friday.

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