published Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Lottery player wins $1 million and other news from the areas around Chattanooga

Lottery player wins $1 million

DALTON, Ga. — Dalton resident Charles Shaw, a door frame inspector for a car manufacturer, won a $1 million prize playing the instant game 50X The Money.

Kankus Express 0101, 2958 Cleveland Highway in Dalton, sold the winning ticket, according to a news release from the Georgia lottery.

Shaw, who has no immediate plans for the money, said his win seems unbelievable.

"I'm pretty calm. I don't think it has sunk in yet," he said in the release.


Hunter dies in fall from tree stand

SUWANEE, Ga. — Authorities say a hunter was killed and son injured when they plunged from a tree stand in a wooded area northeast of Atlanta.

Forsyth County Fire Chief Jason Shivers said rescuers battled darkness as they tried to reach the two and located the pair by tracking a cellphone signal off Old Atlanta Road in the Suwanee area Monday evening.

Rescuers said they started CPR on Jeffery Lane McBryant, 44, of Cumming, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Shivers told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that McBryant's teenage son, whose name wasn't released, was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth with injuries that were not life-threatening.


Hunter pleads to violation

KANSAS CITY — A Tennessee hunter featured in cable TV shows admits he illegally killed a trophy deer in Kansas.

William "Spook" Spann, 50, of Dickson, Tenn., pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to killing the deer in 2007 and taking its antlers across state lines.

Federal prosecutors say Spann killed the white-tail deer with an arrow on land owned by another person. His permit allowed him to hunt only on land he owned.

Attorneys have agreed to recommend a sentence of three years of probation. His hunting privileges would be suspended in the U.S. for six months and an additional six months in Kansas. The proposed sentence includes a $10,000 fine and restitution of $10,000 to Kansas.


Hispanic, female farmers helped

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — The U.S. Agriculture Department held an informational meeting Wednesday for Hispanic and female farmers or ranchers who may have been denied farm loans improperly.

People denied loan benefits between 1981 and 2000 may be eligible to apply for compensation. The claims period opened Sept. 24 and closes on March 25, 2013.

Staff at the meeting at the USDA Service Center in Greeneville also provided an update on current programs and resources.

More information is available on the Claims Resolution website at http://www.farmerclaims.gov. Those seeking information on the claims can call 1-888-508-4429.

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