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With nearly 16,000 customers still in the dark, EPB on Monday rolled an army of bucket rigs, line trucks and pole trailers through the streets, restoring power to an additional 3,000 homes and businesses throughout the day.

Cleanup of last week's storms continued Monday around the region.

Howard Thompson, the Bradley County commissioner indicted in January on charges of filing a false report and attempted theft over $1,000, has resigned from the commission.

NASHVILLE — Senate Republicans approved legislation tonight stripping teacher unions of their collective bargaining rights.

The decision whether to allow Sunday retail sales of beer and wine inside the city limits will now be up to Dalton voters

About 1,800 customers were still without power in Bradley County as this afternoon, said officials from Cleveland Utilities.

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee House of Representatives held a moment of silent prayer Monday for persons killed or injured during last week’s tornadoes in Bradley, Hamilton and other counties in the state.

Another 3,000 customers had power restored today, leaving about 16,000 homes and businesses without power, EPB said about 5 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Two Pentagon officials say the at-sea burial of Osama bin Laden was videotaped and that it probably will be publicly released soon.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., this afternoon toured Apison neighborhoods devastated by last week’s tornados.

A man was severely cut by a chainsaw today while helping a friend clear damage from last week’s storms, officials said.

The sister and mother of accused cop killer Jesse Mathews made their first appearances today in court.

Volkswagen workers are checking hundreds of newly made Passats parked outside its Chattanooga plant for hail damage due to last week’s severe storms.

A 25-year-old man remains in Hamilton County Jail and faces three counts of attempted murder for reportedly firing a shot a three Chattanooga Police Department officers, according to a released statement.

A group of Nashville volunteers are putting together a relief effort, called “We Love Chattanooga,” to help residents affected by last week’s devastating tornadoes that killed nine people in the county.

New Yorkers' attention once again focused on ground zero Monday, this time with cheers and words of encouragement after the death of Osama bin Laden, the architect of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Actor Charlie Sheen toured an Alabama neighborhood leveled by tornadoes and said Monday he wants to organize a relief event for victims in the state.

Authorities arrested 6 people on Sunday night caught looting at Ringgold High School and a nearby gas station, Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers said.

Mayor Ron Littlefield told the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Health Council today that any talks about funding the health department and the sales-tax agreement would go away if the county would pursue its own charter.

The Tennessee Valley Authority said today it has restored 120 of the 128 power connections lost to its distributors during last week’s storms, but 212,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia.

Hamilton County Mayor this morning released the following statement about Wednesday’s deadly tornados.

What a full weekend of sports-watching goodness. Let's not spend too much time with the intro — there's a lot to cover — let's get to work.

EPB and Volunteer Energy Cooperative reconnected another 6,600 area homes and businesses overnight to cut the number of homes and businesses without power from the two utilities to under 20,000.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today said that the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden’s “puts an end to an unspeakable reign of terror carried out by the man responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the deaths of thousands of Americans and innocent civilians around the world.”

Osama bin Laden's death drew a mix of celebration and relief from his enemies around the world, shock among his followers and warnings that his demise would not bring an end to terrorist attacks.

A top al-Qaida ideologue vowed revenge Monday for the killing of Osama Bin Laden by U.S. forces, in the first jihadist admission of the militant leader's death.

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster for parts of Tennessee because of the killer tornadoes and flooding.

Four helicopters swooped in early Monday and killed Osama bin Laden in a fiery American raid on his fortress-like compound in a Pakistani town that is home to three army regiments.

President Barack Obama announced late Sunday that Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaida responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, was killed in a firefight during an operation that he ordered Sunday inside Pakistan, ending a 10-year manhunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist. U.S. officials were in possession of his body, he said.

  • May 2nd, 2011  |
  • By By New York Times News Service
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It was an emotional day for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team as its six seniors took the field for their last home games at Jim Frost Stadium in Sunday’s doubleheader against Georgia Southern, but the end result was the same as it has been for the past four seasons.

It’s always hard, personally and nationally, to face serious financial problems. But it’s better to confront them and seek solutions than to invite worse consequences.

Erlanger Health System officials insist their financial investment in a struggling North Georgia hospital will happen at no risk to Hamilton County taxpayers, despite a hazy sense of how much will be spent.

They may lack the fluffy frivolity of their younger compatriots, but mature animals are an ideal match for people who want a more hassle-free pet experience, says a pet adoption expert.

Mitch Hufstetler scooted to his truck in the Brainerd Golf Course parking lot and pulled out another Rusty Patel cigar. He had no idea how long a three-man playoff would take to determine the winner of the Brainerd Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

Want a way to get around the long lines of traffic at Bonaroo this year? Then look no further. Organizers are looking for people to participate in the first Roo Ride — a 60-mile overnight bike ride to the four-day, multi-stage music festival, which is synonymous with long lines and bottlenecks.

What do you give the woman in your life who has never let you down — the woman who has been there for you through thick and thin?

Crime Stoppers is looking for a man suspected in a beating and robbery Wednesday. The crime occurred in the 2100 block of Windsor Street. The victim told police the robber struck him several times in the head with a large tree branch and stole about $30 from him before riding away on a bicycle.

Nearly six of every 10 students in Hamilton County public schools would have been eligible to receive a $4,600 voucher to attend a private school under Republican-backed legislation that won surprise early approval recently.

President Barack Obama’s disaster declaration for Tennessee came through Sunday night, bringing with it a train of federal recovery programs that will help storm-shattered communities in Southeast Tennessee recover.

Sunday school at Apison United Methodist Church is supposed to start at 9 a.m., but no one here is interested in sticking to the schedule.

There are divergent, sincerely held views on the death penalty. Capital punishment generally has the support of the American people, though significant minorities oppose it.

Economist Adam Smith was onto something when he spoke of the beneficial “invisible hand” of the market. He pointed out that individuals making voluntary buying, selling and other economic decisions will naturally create the most efficient allocation of resources in a society. That is markedly different from a government-controlled or “command” economy, which creates shortages and massive inefficiencies.

There has been understandable nationwide alarm over recently discovered cases of air traffic controllers at major airports sleeping on the job. No planes have crashed, fortunately, but in some cases, the sleeping controllers were the only ones on duty!

Don’t be so quick to judge others

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

I found a recent letter concerning the state of the military which struck me as too quick to jump to conclusions about conscientious objectors and pacifists, among others.

State Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, and state Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, have done the right thing for their constituents and all other residents of Chattanooga and Hamilton County. They delayed action on their proposed legislation that would have allowed both Chattanooga and Hamilton County governments to publish mandatory legal notices on their websites rather than in traditional and far more accessible newspapers of general circulation.

When the U.S. Supreme Court shamefully ruled last year that corporations could be viewed as having the rights of individual American citizens and thus could not be barred from spending their money to influence elections, it unleashed a tsunami of unchecked vested interest spending by corporations in election campaigns. Worse, the court also decided — wholly contrary to its core logic that corporations must be regarded essentially as individual citizens — that corporate spending on election activities need not be reported or capped.

Cole Brand gave up his first home run as a pro pitcher Saturday. “He hit it 500 feet. It sounded like a rifle shot. I didn’t even turn around. I think I asked the umpire for another ball before it got out of the infield. That’s how sure I was that it was gone,” said Brand, the former Bradley Central pitcher who’s in his second season with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Having just put his University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team through a grueling workout not 30 minutes earlier, Lady Mocs coach Frank Reed left campus a couple of years ago to visit some friends in East Ridge.

The Vancouver Canucks are ready to get their offense restarted. The Nashville Predators? Well, in goalie Pekka Rinne they trust.

Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies powered their way to another playoff upset — not that he considers it one.

Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell was suspended for two weeks without pay Sunday by Major League Baseball for inappropriate comments and gestures he made toward fans before a game in San Francisco.

Brooks Conrad hasn’t lost his knack for delivering in the clutch as a pinch-hitter. Conrad drove in the winning run in the ninth inning with a pinch-hit single to give the Atlanta Braves a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

The Chattanooga Lookouts are not producing many base runners these days, and those who do get on are taking themselves off.

Baylor School junior Gina Lambiase is among the 20 girls selected to the U.S. Lacrosse Tennessee High School team that will play May 28-29 in the Schoolgirls Division of the women’s national tournament in Stony Brook, N.Y. The first Baylor girl to make one of these statewide teams, Lambiase is the only East Tennessee player chosen this year.

Lisa, given the events of last week, it seems odd to even be thinking about entertainment, but some folks are probably ready for a little diversion. We were very lucky, compared to others, losing only power at our house. That said, there are plenty of events worth noting in the next few days.

Fashion is about expressing yourself. Some people say you shouldn’t wear something because you’re older. But, in my opinion, fashion doesn’t have age limits. My biggest fashion critic is my daughter. She likes me to add color to my outfits, which is a good thing because I mostly wear black.

In an effort to help some of its residents overcome their drug addictions, Marion County commissioners unanimously approved a move to give the money in the DUI fund to the 12th Judicial District’s drug court last week. Officials said the money in the fund can be used only for treatment, which is how the drug court got its start.

  • May 2nd, 2011  |
  • By By Ryan Lewis
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For years they played music behind some of the best-known country singers. For years, the Gem Theater has been Etowah’s gathering place for live performances — music, drama, vaudeville and occasionally movies.

In 1992, the bombs began to rain onto Sarajevo. Exploding out of the hills that surround the Bosnian city, the mortars held captive tens of thousands of people for three years, as rebel Serbs used bombs and snipers to try to send the people of Sarajevo back to the Dark Ages.

Jose-David and Lourdes Resendiz have lived in Georgia for 14 years, but with the governor likely to sign a bill passed by the Legislature that aims to crack down on illegal immigration, they’re packing up their things and preparing to leave.

Two local lawyers have created a one-stop shop to keep people current on legal developments in local and national courts. Lee Davis and Bryan Hoss started the Davis & Hoss Law Blog earlier this year to share law news with fellow attorneys, police and law students.

Chattanooga officials are watching a proposed 16.5 percent cut to the city’s Community Development Block Grant funds, which could reduce money planned for development in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.

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