News for Tuesday, March 27, 2012




A mother is being treated at a local hospital after crashing her car into a home Monday evening.

AMARILLO, Texas - The captain of a JetBlue aircraft yelled about a bomb and had to be locked out of the cockpit and restrained Tuesday as the Las Vegas-bound flight was diverted to Texas, passengers said.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee handgun-permit holders and licensed hunters over age 21 will be allowed to store weapons in their locked vehicles parked on public lots, including schools, as well as parking lots owned by retailers, factories and other businesses under legislation moving in the Senate.

Tennessee handgun-permit holders and licensed hunters over age 21 will be allowed to store weapons in their locked vehicles parked on public lots, including schools, as well as parking lots owned by retailers, factories and other businesses under legislation moving in the Senate.

House lawmakers have rejected an attempt by Georgia's Senate to loosen the restrictions on a bill that would generally ban abortions five months after conception.

Local school boards would be required to let select students voluntarily express their “religious viewpoints,” be they Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Wiccan or atheist, at football games, school assemblies and graduation ceremonies under a bill moving in the House.

The local public broadcast station is asking the city for funding to help launch a new channel called Voyager with 24-hour, seven-days-a-week programming.

NASHVILLE — A House subcommittee effectively voted today to kill a proposed ban on so-called mountaintop-removal coal mining for the session, despite pleas from the measure’s sponsor.

NASHVILLE — A bill legalizing the use of medical marijuana as prescribed by doctors emerged out of the House Health and Human Resources Committee today on a voice vote.

More than 10,000 unemployed Tennesseans will lose their extended jobless benefits next month because of the state’s improving economy.

Attorney Lance W. Parr of Athens, Tenn., has been suspended for one year after he had an affair with a woman he was representing in a divorce, a news release says.

Two key elements of Gov. Bill Haslam’s anti-crime package are headed to his desk after the House took final action on the measures Monday night.

A mid-morning fire on the grounds of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale sent plumes of smoke that could be seen for miles.

Sweet news about those chocolate cravings: People who consume moderate amounts of chocolate more frequently are thinner than those who eat it less often, according to a new study.

Search teams have resumed efforts to find the body of a construction worker who fell into the Tennessee River Monday in Marion County.

A fatal accident on Interstate 75 in Whitfield County this morning caused some traffic delays.

From the "Talks Too Much Studios" here we go.

Three local public school teachers will be honored later this week as 2012 Hamilton County Teachers of the Year.

Pat Summitt deserved better. Not from her Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team. They did all they could against the Baylor Bears and 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner in Monday night's 77-58 loss in the Des Moines NCAA regional final.

What bees really like is a hollow tree, but Tommy and Cristi Hill found during the weekend that a new Chevy will do just fine.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The House has passed a bill declaring that Tennessee wouldn't enforce federal regulations governing child labor on family farms.

The Weinstein Co. is moving past the R rating earned by its documentary "Bully" and plans to release the film unrated.

CHICAGO — New research gives clear proof that weight-loss surgery can reverse and possibly cure diabetes, and doctors say it should be offered sooner to more people with the disease — not just as a last resort.

WASHINGTON — As demonstrations swirled outside, Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they are ready to confront without delay the keep-or-kill questions at the heart of challenges to President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul. Virtually every American will be affected by the outcome, due this summer in the heat of the election campaign.

DES MOINES, Iowa — With one last chance to get to the Final Four, Tennessee's seniors ran into the most imposing hurdle of all.

The Tennessee Legislature's Republican bent to favor the wealthy and appease racists has rarely been so obvious. Consider the Legislature's actions last week on two specific bills -- one to dismantle the inheritance tax on estates of more than $1 million, the other to block the merger and integration of Memphis City and Shelby County school districts.

Most of us don't often think about the Chickamauga Dam on the Tennessee River, except when we're boating, swimming or fishing or when we drive across the bridge spanning the dam.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has to be overjoyed with the tax bill approved in the General Assembly last week that now awaits his expected signature into law.

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It's not really news that the leading cause of death among people in this country involves heart disease.

Well, we all know, of course, that President Barack Obama is running for a second term for the Democrats. That's alarming to many Americans. But who's the option?

CHARLESTON, Tenn. -- Amazon's distribution center here, which already can hold enough goods to fill an estimated 67,000 full-size pickup truck beds, soon will have space to handle even more.

What medical care you receive and how you pay for it are huge questions that the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will begin to decide this week. This week, the nation's highest court will hear arguments on health care reform.

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KNOXVILLE -- One route was all Justin Hunter needed to feel a brief moment of nostalgia.

Just when MacKenzie Hammond began to think of playing music as something she couldn't live without, it started to slip through her fingers.

The Baylor softball team's motto this year is "State championship on the field, fighting for Moore off the field." But the Lady Red Raiders will be "fighting for Moore" at their field Thursday.

A group of developers at Comcast is creating apps that turn events like the Olympics and March Madness from confusing to connected.

Matt James, McMinn County: He allowed no runs and just two hits while pitching into the seventh inning before giving way with one out as the Cherokees surprised Bradley Central, 5-0.

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How would you like to rent a canoe in Chickamauga, Ga., float down West Chickamauga Creek past historical markers at Chickamauga Battlefield showing where Confederate troops forded the water, stop for a creekside lunch in Fort Oglethorpe and then pull out at Camp Jordan?

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The Goo Goo Dolls will headline this year's Riverbend Festival on Friday, June 15, according to talent and production coordinator Joe "Dixie" Fuller.

Austin Parrish, Ringgold: He hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Tigers over Cartersville 7-4 in a game of Georgia state-ranked AAA baseball powers.

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Don't be scared if your disaster relief application says "Small Business Administration."

DALTON, Ga. -- Technically, David Crane woke up Monday morning still the head football coach at Southeast Whitfield High School. By night's end, the fourth-year coach also knew that would no longer be the case.

Chelsi Roark, a Sale Creek team captain and all-state selection, recently signed a volleyball scholarship with Bryan College. She helped the Class A Lady Panthers win a school-record 49 victories and the District 6-A and Region 3 titles on the way to the program's first state tournament, where they finished third.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Michelle Fuzzard was voted the Southern Conference softball player of the week for the third time this season after she set school and league records with her nine RBIs in a 16-4 win spanning Saturday and Sund

A new city program hopes to inspire residents to take a larger ownership of Chattanooga's 65 parks, 35 miles of trails and 4,800 acres of land.

A 57-year-old Chattanooga man has been sentenced to two decades in prison for plowing his van into the back of a car, seriously injuring five family members.

A 46-year-old Chattanooga businessman will begin serving a six-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to having sex with a teenager.

For most Americans, the milestones of youth happen at 16 (driving), 18 (voting) and 21 (drinking). For Weston Wamp, 25 is a bigger deal.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Cleveland City Council voted 4-3 Monday to appeal a 1967 agreement with Bradley County on how local option sales tax revenue is shared.

Irene Pepperberg, an internationally known animal behaviorist who holds faculty positions at Harvard University and Brandeis University, is coming to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Hundreds of black, white, young and old Chattanoogans marched Monday afternoon in a crowd that spread over two blocks down Market Street and called for justice on the month anniversary of the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Florida.

The Hamilton County Election Commission on Monday certified the March 6 presidential primary results and discussed a meeting they held the night of it.

NASHVILLE -- A controversial bill that protects teachers who discuss with students "weaknesses" in evolution and other scientific theories is on its way to Gov. Bill Haslam, who is under pressure from prominent scientists to veto it.

The scene is very clear to Daryl Black. He sits at a desk that overlooks the Tennessee Aquarium plaza, and day in and day out watches tourists and schoolchildren milling around below him, hundreds of them. To him, they are potential customers when the new Chattanooga History Center opens early next year.

Cleveland State won its rain-delayed TCCAA baseball series at Roane State by beating the Raiders 12-1 in Monday's game, following a 22-9 Cougars win and a 5-3 Roane win Sunday in Harriman.

A 20-year-old man now faces the grand jury on charges that he stabbed his 46-year-old roommate to death.

A LaFayette, Ga., police officer who accused his supervisors of trying to fire him out of retaliation will be suspended for two weeks without pay, then return to work, authorities said.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. -- Rhea County High School student Alec Smith said he's had several friends who have "gotten lucky too many times" after driving irresponsibly.

Grundy County Schools netted 13 applicants to replace retiring Director of Schools Jody Hargis.

Anyone who says "there is no scientific evidence against (evolution)" is ignorant or lying, no matter what title he may have. Here's why:

The first sign that something was up came at the end of practice last Wednesday. As University of Tennessee at Chattanooga all-conference safety D.J. Key jogged off the field, he turned and encouraged Keith Mayes to hustle toward the exit at Scrappy Moore Field.

KNOXVILLE -- It took less than a week for the Tennessee men's basketball program to solve the math problem with its roster.

The Wells Fargo Securities office in downtown Chattanooga will move to a new custom-built office this weekend. The nine-adviser, 4,400-square-foot office will sit on the second floor of Brabson Place at 412 Georgia Ave.

The Tennessee Valley Authority has hired the communications director from NCR Corp. in Atlanta to serve as vice president of communications.

Woople is a Web-based e-learning platform that allows users high levels of customization. Clients may upload their own content, workbooks, tests and videos or select program's from Woople's library. Woople also offers a number of training and customer service programs.

Vehicle collisions with deer declined for the third consecutive year last year, cutting such accidents by 9 percent from 2008 to 2011. But there still were 1.09 million deer collisions with cars last year, or one for every 193 motorists nationwide.

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KNOXVILLE -- Herman Lathers kept hoping for a return, but his left ankle had other ideas.

A mild virus is to blame for a rash of absences early this month at Clifton Hills Elementary School.

The Baylor girls' tennis team repeated as champion of the even stronger Decoturf National Championships this past weekend in Louisville, Ky. GPS was the runner-up for the second straight season, and Baylor's Samantha Caswell was named most valuable player of the rain-plagued event.

He's more at home in spikes and a cap tugged tightly over his forehead, but Chattanooga State Community College baseball coach Greg Dennis is also the school's popular social dance instructor.

Something is wrong with Peyton Manning. I don't care if his neck operation is a success and he can thread a needle with a football, something is wrong in his gourd.

The head of the Minnesota bank that took over the failed Covenant Bank & Trust in Rock Spring, Ga., on Monday said he hopes to add more services and possibly acquire other banks in Georgia.

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