published Sunday, June 24th, 2012

2 Cleveland, Tn., brothers drown in boat accident and other news

2 brothers drown in boat accident

LAKE LOUISE, Alaska — Two Cleveland, Tenn., brothers on a fishing trip drowned, according to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

The newspaper reported that Steven Kirkpatrick, 59, and Jeffrey Kirkpatrick, 56, fell out of a 14-foot boat they had rented. Neither was wearing a life jacket.

The brothers were fishing with Rex Calfee, 51, of Charleston, Tenn., and Edwin Curtis, 56, of Cleveland, on Lake Louise. The boat motor had quit and they restarted it while the boat was in gear. The jolt sent Steven over the side and Jeffrey jumped in to rescue him, the paper reported.


Forever Wild projects progress

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Alabama's Forever Wild is moving ahead with major projects.

In the northern part of the state, Forever Wild is working to create an 11,000-acre addition to the complex of hunting and hiking properties in Jackson County. And its partnership with Baldwin County would create a 621-acre waterfront park with boat launches.

The Birmingham News reported that Forever Wild's board voted at its quarterly meeting in Guntersville on Thursday to proceed with both projects.


Battle revived over inheritance

NASHVILLE — The state appeals court has revived a legal battle to keep a Knoxville widow from collecting an inheritance from the man she murdered.

The case involves Raynella Dossett Leath, who was convicted two years ago of killing her second husband. Her first husband was Knox County District Attorney General Ed Dossett, who died in a cattle trampling incident in 1992. Prosecutors at one point charged her with killing the former prosecutor but dropped the charges after she was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder of the second husband, David Leath.

David Leath's daughter has fought to keep her former stepmother from inheriting. The Tennessee Court of Appeals reversed a trial court decision, allowing the daughter to proceed.


Perimeter cuts student help

ATLANTA — Budget cuts will mean that students at Georgia Perimeter College will have fewer tutors and people to answer questions about financial aid or scheduling.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that 92 percent of the cuts are in student affairs. That division of the metro Atlanta college includes admissions, financial aid, student life and advising and counseling.

Georgia Perimeter last week announced that a total of 292 workers were being laid off as the two-year school tries to cope with what could be a $25 million deficit next year.

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