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TULSA, Okla. — Two men were arrested Sunday in a shooting rampage that left three people dead and terrorized Tulsa’s black community, and police said one of the suspects may have been trying to avenge his father’s shooting two years ago by a black man.

Jonathon Niese took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his first start since signing a rich contract and the New York Mets completed a season-opening sweep of the Atlanta Braves with a 7-5 victory Sunday.

HARRIMAN, Tenn. — Hundreds of veterans have signed petitions in support of a new hospital in East Tennessee.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — A huge mulch fire at the Sevier County Solid Waste Landfill is out, but firefighters continue to watch for hot spots.

NEW YORK — “Mike Wallace is here to see you.” The “60 Minutes” newsman had such a fearsome reputation that it was often said that those were the most dreaded words in the English language, capable of reducing an interview subject to a shaking, sweating mess.

Have you ever wanted to be in the movies? Do you have any clothes that would make you fit in with the 1940's? If you answered yes to both questions, Tuesday could be your lucky day, WRCB-TV3 reports.

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With gas prices seemingly forever on the rise, most people would happily avoid having to pull up to the pump. Once every couple of decades, however, the Markert family looks forward to the opportunity.

This year's Palate 2 Palette event will be a time for clowning for artist Miki Boni.

Looking for a way to spend your Easter Sunday? Here are a few ideas for egg hunts and dining.

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Discontent with Mayor Ron Littlefield's surprising decision to shift the Bessie Smith Strut from its traditional, 30-year home on Martin Luther King Boulevard to Riverbend's riverfront venue has generated enough backlash that there's a chance it will be reversed.

I have always loved the Frog and Toad children’s books, and my favorite story in that series is one called “Alone.”

After a reprieve in 2011 from the previous five years of steadily rising property foreclosures, the number of Hamilton County properties lost to bad debts appears to be on the increase again.

The fairways and greens at Augusta National shuffled the deck of players on the leaderboard at the Masters. Some—such as Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Fred Couples—knocked themselves down with early bogeys Saturday.

The crowd continued to grow until the parking lot swelled with black and white faces gathered the week before Easter. They came to witness the moment when Mount Peria Missionary Baptist Church members would dedicate to God the place where their new building would stand. They came to celebrate.

All homes include a mountain view, and are a five-minute drive from the Soddy Creek boat ramp, which grants access to Chickamauga Lake. Because of the rural location, all homes qualify for 100 percent rural development financing.

Harry Hawkins lives a pasture away from the prospective site of the first deep coal mine to be part of Walden's Ridge life in nearly 100 years. But it won't be new to him, or to many of his Dayton Mountain neighbors in Rhea County.

It's a happy Easter in the land of milk and money. Dairy executive Scottie Mayfield said he raised $450,648 in the first seven weeks of his inaugural run for office, setting a quarterly fundraising record in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District and positioning himself as a serious challenger to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.

The offense got off to another slow start Saturday, but sophomore Stephanie Rieck sparked the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to a 9-2 softball win over Elon to finish a three-game sweep in Southern Conference play at Jim Frost Stadium.

Twice before, the Southern Baptist Convention has called for the federal government to do something about illegal immigration.

Garages and basements in Bradley County should have more storage space this morning. Hundreds of households took part Saturday in the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at Tri-State Exhibition Center, organized by Keep America Beautiful Cleveland/Bradley County and Santek Environmental.

Sign after sign appeared on the walls of The Johnson Group building on Market Street last weekend. Gang graffiti was spray-painted in black on the white walls. "Once they start tagging your building, they continue it and it takes hours to get off," said Sandy Allison, owner of the building.

It was a different kind of gunfight in Etowah on Saturday as about 400 people held up cards in a bidding war to buy firearms from the McMinn County Sheriff's Office property room.

Here we are, looking back at a crazy Saturday at Augusta National that featured big strides forward and big slides back. The leaderboard flipped on us, turning upside down at least twice and leaving everyone asking, “What just happened?” and “How did he do that?”

Some Cleveland High School teachers plan to build a sensory garden as a learning place for special-needs students. About half the estimated $8,000 needed has been raised by appeals to the community. Now the teachers will be asking fellow educators directly for contributions.

Dr. Mary Headrick, a Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, will speak at the JFK Club on Monday. Headrick is a Maynardvillle physician who is competing with Democratic candidate Bill Taylor in the August primary.

Jervon Johnson recently signed to continue his basketball career at Lee University. The 6-foot-2 Ooltewah High School senior finished his three-year varsity career with 1,641 points, with 323 3-pointers.

Pitchers tend to have the edge over hitters at the dawn of every Southern League season, but Saturday night was finally different for the Chattanooga Lookouts.

The 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics report "Education Pays..." illustrates that higher earnings and lower unemployment rates are often reported among bachelor's degree holders, compared to those with only a high school diploma.

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Sometimes, the Rants generate their own rants.

MOST TENNESSEE legislators say that they don't "believe" in evolution, but they continue to exhibit the intellectual capacity of their monkey ancestors.

When Lookouts owner Frank Burke wanted to escape recurring flooding and maintenance problems at the aging Engel Stadium and move the Lookouts to a new ballpark downtown, he did something sports team owners nowadays rarely do: He financed his new stadium himself.

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The InterContinental Hotels Group, the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, opened the 137-room Holiday Inn-Hamilton Place last week at 2220 Center St., just off Shallowford Road near Interstate 75. It is the only full-service hotel outside of downtown Chattanooga.

Starting a business isn't for everybody. Few have the stomach to put it all on the line, day after day. It's not just the house, the car and the future that go back to the bank if the business fails.

CBL & Associates Properties Inc., the Chattanooga-based shopping center firm, has appointed Jeff Curry as its chief legal officer. Curry has been serving as interim chief legal officer for CBL since February 2012 and has served as an external legal adviser to CBL since 1986.

With the way his ace has been throwing this spring, Soddy-Daisy softball coach Clifford Kirk thought putting up an early run against Seymour in the Gold championship game of the 22nd Lady Trojan Invitational might put the Lady Eagles in a pinch.

Several weeks into discussions over a rezoning plan proposed for schools in east Hamilton County, parents fear they’re nearing a deadlock with school administrators.

Even as the Cleveland/Bradley Public Library increasingly engages its patrons directly through digital media, the library is considering new ways to use technology to manage its nondigital collection and give its staff more time to interact with visitors.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond wants a retirement program with mandatory retirement at age 60 for sworn officers and higher payouts until those officers are eligible for Social Security benefits.

If you watched the Oscars, it was hard to miss Angelina Jolie’s thigh-high slit, Jennifer Lopez’s seriously plunging neckline or the dresses with extremely low backs and cutouts in places you normally expect to see fabric.

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During a quiet spring break, a late winter rain nearly flooded our neck of the woods. When it stopped, my husband and I hiked up into the quiet woods behind the farm.

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Nearly 2,000 years ago, the life and mission of Jesus Christ on Earth were drawing to a close.

All winter long, the New York Mets heard critics lampooning them, certain the club would hit a wall from the get-go. Saturday, these plucky Mets got busy hitting balls over the wall. Lucas Duda homered twice and became the first player to take advantage of the pulled-in fences at Citi Field, David Wright also connected and the Mets beat Atlanta Braves 4-2.

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield says critics of his anti-gang legislation in the General Assembly shouldn’t ignore the second half of his comprehensive approach to addressing youth violence.

Emergency personnel needed nearly half an hour to free a woman from a car after the vehicle left the road and hit a tree Saturday morning, Janice Atkinson of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said.

The city recently spent $270,000 to buy City Hall’s front lawn. The City Council’s next step comes May 3 during a meeting for public input on how to pay for $1.2 million worth of proposed new buildings to replace the aging, concrete-block City Hall at 1214 Lula Lake Road.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior runner Chris Berry shattered the school’s 10,000-meter record by nearly a minute late Friday night at the Stanford Invitational and qualified for this year’s NCAA East Regional track and field meet.

A near-record 63 players made the cut at this Masters. Almost all of them shared one game plan: Attack the four par 5s. The anticipated third-round shootout at Augusta National never developed.

Lee University completed a Southern States Athletic Conference baseball series sweep of Southern Polytechnic with 6-5 and 7-0 victories Saturday at Olympic Field in Cleveland, but the first one was harder than it needed to be.

Four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods has never finished worse than a tie for 22nd at the April major tournament as a professional. He is tied for 38th today after shooting an even-par 72 on Saturday, far below expectations for the pre-tournament favorite.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offense got better as spring football practice progressed, the defense started better than it finished and there's still a lot of work to be done.

The top drawing card for Georgia's spring football game this Saturday is likely off the table. Heralded early enrollee Keith Marshall, who was expected to challenge Isaiah Crowell and Ken Malcome on the tailback depth chart, sat out Saturday's second scrimmage with a hamstring pull and is expected to miss the final week of workouts as well.

Tyler Bray wasn’t lighting up the box score. Da’Rick Rogers wasn’t catching pass after pass. While Tennessee’s quarterback prefers 400-yard passing days and Rogers wants to score on every play, neither came even close to those wishes Friday during the Volunteers’ first spring scrimmage.

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