published Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Four arrested on meth charges and other news from the region around Chattanooga

Four arrested on meth charges

DALTON, Ga. — Four North Georgians have been arrested by Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office personnel after deputies made undercover buys of methamphetamine at a county home, a news release states.

Christopher Lee Mantooth, 30, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, sale of methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine and a parole violation, according the release from Sheriff Scott Chitwood. David Daniel Mantooth, 31, Melissa Nichole Gardina, 29, and Lora Ann Caldwell, 41, also were arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Caldwell also is charged with being a fugitive from justice in Tennessee. She is wanted in Bradley County on previous methamphetamine charges, authorities said.


Man struck, killed by train

LOUDON, Tenn. — Loudon County authorities say a man has been struck and killed by a train.

WVLT-TV reported little information was available after the incident Tuesday night. It wasn’t clear why the man was on the tracks.

It happened about 10:40 p.m. EDT near Martel Road and Lakeview Road. The victim’s name wasn’t immediately released.


Judge overturns prison term

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — A Cumberland County man whose 48-year prison sentence in a fatal drunken driving accident has been overturned is headed back to court.

The Crossville Chronicle reports that a judge set a hearing to decide the next steps in the case against Bobby Dwaine England.

Criminal Court Judge David Patterson in 2009 had sentenced England to consecutive 24-year prison terms in the wreck that killed Tony D. Lewis and Mary Rosanna Elmore. Patterson threw out the sentence last week after England said he pleaded guilty because his lawyer said the maximum sentence was 25 years.


State, school board at odds

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says the Metro Nashville school board’s decision to delay a vote on a charter school application is a violation of state law.

On Tuesday night, the school board discussed the effort by Great Hearts Academies to open a school on the city’s affluent west side. The Tennessean reported that after two hours the board decided to postpone a vote.

The board on a previous occasion had denied the application but was ordered by the Tennessee Board of Education to reconsider.

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