News for Saturday, August 4, 2012



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ATLANTA — Lucas Harrell did just what the Houston Astros needed to earn a rare victory on the road.

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is probing the death of an inmate in a transport van outside the Monroe County jail.

Chattanooga police have identified the man who was taken into custody on Highway 153 after a pursuit this morning as Aaron Chad Crowe, 30, of Hamilton County.

LeKeshia Matthews was at a loss for words Saturday as she stood near the spot where her 13-year-old daughter was gunned down, shot in the head.

A park in Georgia doesn’t need a lush view of trees and mountains to make it beautiful.

Republican state Senate candidate Greg Vital will announce this week whether he’ll ask for a recount, a spokesman said Saturday.

The moonshine mile

A trip to Dawsonville will rev your engine

Dawsonville, Ga., traces its roots to moonshine and fast cars.

A huge security shake-up is under way at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, underscored Friday evening with a statement from Energy Secretary Steven Chu regarding the "unacceptable and deeply troubling breach" that occurred last weekend when antiwar protesters infiltrated the Oak Ridge plant's high-security core.

Color offers kaleidoscopic drives and cruises

ATLANTA — When President Barack Obama said same-sex couples should have the right to marry, it was national news for a few days before the presidential campaign and the country went back to business as usual.

BEIRUT — Gunmen snatched 47 Iranian pilgrims just outside Damascus on Saturday in a brazen attack that revealed the growing instability at the center of President Bashar Assad’s power.

LONDON — Fancy a traditional English fry-up for breakfast? How about a chicken curry or some kimchi? Or would a lamb samosa and some baba ganoush from a halal kitchen be more to your taste?

Hamilton County Election Commission attorney Chris Clem said State Senate Republican candidate Greg Vital's public request for a recount isn't enough to get the process moving.

TAMPA, Fla. — The Republican National Convention and the peak of hurricane season collide in Tampa this month. And though planners are banking on years of data that a major storm won’t hit, they also have laid out worse-case scenarios that include canceling if it’s clear the 70,000 expected delegates, officials, journalists and protesters would be in harm’s way.

A Nashville based Christian blogger says this week’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was a miserable failure for churches.

DENVER — In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy five years ago, the University of Colorado and other schools across the U.S. created “threat assessment teams” to identify and take action against students who might turn violent. Now, in the aftermath of the movie theater rampage in Aurora, some are wondering whether the system broke down.

WASHINGTON — Sputtering along, the economy on Friday offered some hope but no illuminating help to voters who are mired in a weak jobs recovery and flooded with familiar promises from President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. The new employment snapshot seemed too mixed and middling to jolt a consistently close race.

PASADENA, Calif. — Seven minutes of terror.

ENTEBBE, Uganda — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she hopes drones will soon be able to see through jungle cover so they can locate warlord Joseph Kony.

With intense interest in our area on buying locally grown vegetables, some area residents may be thinking about growing their own produce.

His informal survey of UTC students earlier this year, said Corey Garrett, was a mandate for change.

If you're planning a move, most likely you are scrutinizing your home for economical ways to spruce it up before putting a For Sale sign in the yard.

Every year, said Fellowship of Christian Athletes board chairman Paul Songer, at least one student says the Bible he's just been given is the only Bible he's ever had.

Not since the early 1800s has Great Britain seen the number of soldiers in its army reduced to the levels now planned -- as part of an austerity scheme to rein in catastrophe-grade spending.

The Hamilton County Election Commission found 25 more votes for Todd Gardenhire in Tennessee's Senate District 10 race Friday, and now his competitor, Greg Vital, wants a total recount.

KNOXVILLE — Rajion Neal wanted a way to push himself this summer.

From the top of the CBL Center office building next to Hamilton Place mall, two Chattanoogas stand out.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray was succinct in discussing the lessons he'd learned after making negative headlines last week.

A Chattanooga machinery producer is literally and figuratively bridging cultural divides with asphalt.

Hundreds of people showed up at the Chick-fil-A on Gunbarrel Road on Wednesday for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, but only a handful of people visited the restaurant Friday night for a "Kiss-In," part of National Same-Sex Kiss Day.

If cars were movie characters, the new Cadillac XTS would be James Bond — smart, sinewy and sophisticated.

There was too much of nearly everything coach Russ Huesman didn't want to see Friday during the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's first preseason practice.

Invista may cut up to 80 jobs, about 20 percent of its workforce, at its Chattanooga plant in coming months, citing market conditions and reduced military contracts for one of its products.

Joe Smialek has experienced both sides of the World's Longest Yard Sale — one year he traveled the sale as a buyer in a motor home, and this year he set up shop in his daughter's Georgia garage as a seller.

The Chattanooga Lookouts were anemic at the plate Wednesday night and Thursday night in Huntsville, managing just one combined hit in the two losses.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann didn't hesitate Thursday night to call his triumph in the Republican primary "a great victory."

Erlanger has signed a contract to pay a search firm up to $195,000, plus expenses, to find a new CEO for the hospital.

Negotiations got under way Thursday over how to split up the local option sales tax revenue in Walker County, Ga., over the next 10 years.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Voter rejection of the proposed wheel tax to fund school projects left education officials looking for a plan B on Friday.

A Murfreesboro, Tenn., woman remained in the Hamilton County Jail on aggravated assault charges Friday after she was accused of pulling a gun on her husband's ex-wife inside a bank, records show.

Former Cleveland High School basketball standout D.J. Bowles has backed out of his commitment to play for the University of Central Florida and has reopened his recruiting process.

• HR Consulting from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at The CO.LAB, 55 E. Main St. Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain will offer legal advice to local small businesses and startups. Email Peter Connolly at to schedule a 30-minute time slot.

It's all news this summer. The heat, the heat, the heat. Cities are fighting to keep their shrubbery alive. Gardeners have abandoned their backyards and their tomato plants. Firefighters are busy keeping blazes down.

Scottie Mayfield gave up the fight Friday and conceded the 3rd Congressional District Republican primary to U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.

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Automotive parts retailer Pep Boys has closed its longtime Brainerd store and is referring customers to its new Gunbarrel Road site.

ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal is asking state agencies to find another $553 million in reductions through June 2014.

Donna Perkins' classroom is stocked with whiteboards, desks and computers, but little else.

ATLANTA — Tim Hudson gave up only four hits and no earned runs in 7 1/3 innings to remain unbeaten in his career against Houston, and the Braves stayed hot with a 4-1 win Friday night that left the Astros with their worst 32-game stretch in franchise history.

A downtown bar will be suspended from serving beer next weekend after the Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board cited it as a disorderly place.

A collaboration used in Tennessee hospitals to improve surgical outcomes is gaining national recognition for its effectiveness as the group more than doubles the number of hospitals involved.

Five years after making the first score in any women's sport at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Carrie Hawkins-Powell has been hired as coach of its NJCAA Division III volleyball program.

The Chattanooga State and Cleveland State baseball programs both will be starting their annual instructional leagues for high school players within a couple of weeks, and both still have openings in what clearly has been a win-win addition to area development in the sport.

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia football coach Mark Richt is hoping for a lot of touchdowns this season.

Decosimo, a top 100 accounting and business advisory firm, and alliantgroup are co-hosting a complimentary webinar Aug. 22 covering government tax incentives for the design, building and construction industries.

With the summer heat on across the Tennessee Valley, electricity users are getting some relief with TVA wholesale rates 4 percent below those of a year ago.

Memorial Hospital's chief executives predictably view their stalemated talks for a new insurance contract on reimbursements differently than do Blue Cross Blue Shield officials.

Some have raised the question: How could America ever elect a man president so devoid of professional accomplishment to manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job as Barack Obama?

These people filed for marriage licenses in the Hamilton County Clerk's office, July 23 - 27:

NASHVILLE — One day after an anti-gay activist unexpectedly captured state Democrats' U.S. Senate nomination, embarrassed Tennessee Democratic Party officials denounced their new nominee, Mark Clayton, for being "associated with a known hate group."

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