News for Monday, April 8, 2013




Most of Chattanooga’s city department heads have decided they would like to work with incoming Mayor Andy Berke, WRCB-TV reports.

Among the nine qualified candidates for East Ridge city manager sits the name Chris Dorsey, who once held the same position in Red Bank.

Now it’s in the voters’ hands.

The Walker County, Ga., landfill is on fire, according to a Walker County spokesman for emergency services. The fire started around 8 p.m.

NASHVILLE — Legislation that would make cock fighting a felony is dead this session after failing to pass the Senate.

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is recommending that military commanders be largely stripped of their ability to reverse criminal convictions of service members, a move that comes in response to a congressional uproar over an Air Force officer’s decision to overturn a guilty verdict in a sexual assault case, the Pentagon said Monday.

NASHVILLE — Tennesseans in 2014 will decide whether to ban a state income tax after the House gave final approval to a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution prohibiting the levy.

NEW YORK — A man dressed as the Cookie Monster has been accused of shoving a 2-year-old in New York’s Times Square and has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry says in a letter to top Volkswagen officials that an increase in the level of unionization will make it more difficult to attract more auto suppliers to Southeast Tennessee.

The two right lanes of Interstate 75 southbound at mile marker 312 in Gordon County, Ga., will be closed Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. so Georgia State Patrol troopers can conduct a traffic investigation, a news release states.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is considering shortening deer hunting season to respond to a decline in the state’s deer population.

The head of the state Democratic Party today attacked a Republican lawmaker’s bill that seeks to cut cash benefits for parents on welfare whose children don’t attend or do poorly in school.

Donnie Blake West, 20, of Flat Rock, Ala., was arrested Friday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office on drug charges.

Five people were arrested at a North Houston Street residence in Scottsboro, Ala., on Friday on drug charges by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Hamilton County Highway Department has announced the W and Pitts roads will be closed Tuesday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Authorities say a 4-year-old who gained access to a loaded gun during a family cookout has shot and killed the wife of a Wilson County sheriff’s deputy.

Officials have identified two brothers, one of whom died, who were caught in a house fire on April 1.

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Chancellor Frank Brown has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Hamilton County Election Commission by Councilman Peter Murphy contesting District 9 election results.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — National Weather Service forecasters are urging people in the western half of Tennessee to be vigilant for possible severe thunderstorms.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A 54-year-old Loudon, Tenn., man pleaded guilty Thursday to mail fraud and money laundering violations, a news release states.

NEW YORK — Annette Funicello, the most popular Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club," who matured to a successful career in records and '60s beach party movies but struggled with illness in middle age and after, died Monday, The Walt Disney Co. said. She was 70.

Law enforcement officers from across Tennessee will be out in force this weekend and next weekend as part of a “More Cops, More Stops” crackdown on drivers violating traffic safety laws, a news release states.

After a remarkably quiet start to the severe weather season in the U.S. — which included the fewest number of tornadoes in March in several decades — signs are pointing to a more active pattern for April. This includes the possibility of an outbreak this week in the central U.S.

A City Council panel voted 2-1 this morning to deny former Chattanooga Police Department Officer Mickel Hoback his job back.

Orange Grove Center, Unum, and local businesses are joining forces to host a community-wide, Earth Day recycling event, on Monday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Republic Parking lot at the corner of 4th and Walnut Streets.

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Peyton Manning and his wife Ashley have made a major gift commitment of $500,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation, according to a news release.

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — The American Eagle Foundation and helicopter tour companies in the Smokies foothills have agreed on the distance the copters must keep from nesting eagles.

MOBILE, Ala. — Airbus is breaking ground on its new aircraft assembly plant in Mobile.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Forecasters say severe storms will be possible in coming days over Alabama, bringing the threat of damaging straight-line winds and isolated tornadoes.

ATLANTA — Police are investigating how a man plunged from a 10th-floor balcony of a high-rise building in Atlanta.

Gang, buckle up. It's here; it's all happening.

Twelve people were sent to area hospitals this morning after two vans collided at the intersection of Hickory Valley and Standifer Gap roads, according to a Chattanooga Fire Department news release.

LOS ANGELES - Some people have had it with TV. They've had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don't like timing their lives around network show schedules. They're tired of $100-plus monthly bills.

DENVER, N.C. - Authorities continued searching early Monday for the bodies of two children who were trapped when dirt fell on them while playing in a hole at a home construction site near Charlotte.

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KNOXVILLE - One man suffered only a minor injury after being shot with an arrow in South Knoxville early Sunday morning, according to Knoxville Police Department Lt. David Powell.

LONDON — Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain.

Road construction will last until 7 p.m. today on Spears Avenue from Bell Avenue to Lawn Avenue and on Sawyer Avenue from North Market Street to Hamilton Avenue.

Weather today will be partly sunny, with a high near 76. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 56.

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KYBURZ, Calif. — A kayaker was being credited with helping to save a family of five after their SUV had veered off a road and ended up in a Northern California river.

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean ministry: ‘Indication’ that North Korea preparing for fourth nuclear test.

LAS VEGAS — Everything went to script Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards until the end, when Luke Bryan pulled off an amazing upset and won entertainer of the year.

A former Chattanooga Police Department officer could find out today whether he will get back the job he lost in 2009.

Lexie was on the losing end of a dogfight.

"It's completely changed my life. If it wasn't for that, I'd be graduating and maybe working for my dad. I wouldn't say I'm set, but pro golf is going to be easier." — UTC senior golfer Steven Fox on winning the U.S. Amateur title

KNOXVILLE — Tailback Rajion Neal sprinted around the left end for a first down on the first play of 11-on-11 work in Tennessee's second spring scrimmage on Saturday.

District attorneys, public defenders and a few legislators in a local area that will be heavily affected by a proposed judicial redistricting plan say changes are not needed. Many question Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey's motives.

NASHVILLE — The grueling pace set by GOP leaders to complete this year's legislative session early has sparked bipartisan criticisms for weeks that proposed laws are sometimes not getting properly vetted while debates on others are short-circuited.

ATLANTA — Logic says something has to give in tonight's NCAA championship game between Louisville and Michigan inside the Georgia Dome.

One of the biggest reasons for Georgia's offensive success last football season was the solid foundation provided by its line.

Nine fledgling businesses competed for the top spots in The Company Lab's first all-female 48-Hour Launch.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Experimental digital imagery took center stage during Cleveland State Community College's "Accessiblity2013: CMD+R," a two-week program dedicated to engaging the public with creative marriages of technology and art.

As the lights dimmed in the Tivoli Theatre on Sunday afternoon, hundreds of "This American Life" fans hushed quickly.

Former UTC golfer and coach Ben Rickett has volunteered to provide a first-person account of his daily activities as caddie at the Masters for UTC senior and U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox.

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  • By By Ben Rickett

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — No matter the changes to the car, the tires, or the weather, Martinsville Speedway is Jimmie Johnson’s kind of place.

My oldest granddaughter is just like me.

ATLANTA — For the first four innings, Tim Hudson wondered if Jeff Samardzija would be too tough to beat.

The Chattanooga Lookouts lost close calls Friday and Saturday night to open their 2013 season.

Name: Ashley Dantzler Age: 19 School: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore

Chattanooga police are investigating weekend shootings that injured two men.

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The B.B. Comer Bridge over the Tennessee River was named to a Top 10 list of savable bridges for 2013 and is the target of a preservation effort.

The up-and-down 2013 season of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team took yet another downturn Sunday afternoon at Jim Frost Stadium.

Chattanooga police are looking for 38-year-old Issac Lebron Moore.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Town leaders say they need more information about a proposed pump station along Timber Ridge Drive that would supply water to the Jasper Highlands development before deciding whether to sell or lease the land.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Bryan College's entrepreneurial organization Enactus — formerly Students in Free Enterprise — recently won its third regional championship and will compete at the national level in Kansas City, Mo., in May.

BARRY COURTER: Lisa has taken a few days off and, after looking at the schedule of events for the coming week, I understand why.

It was another successful weekend for the Chattanooga State baseball team — even more so in light of the opponent — but Sunday's result kept it from being sensational.

Ginger Stiles, a sister of East Hamilton head coach Cara Stiles, is one of five breast-cancer survivors invited to throw ceremonial first pitches on Friday when Baylor hosted its first Hits for Hope high school softball tournament at Warner Park.

A bill that would end long-term, undercover video recording of animal abuse — like one used to convict Tennessee walking horse abuser Jackie McConnell last year — is moving through the Tennessee Legislature this session.

Yasiel Puig opened the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run to left field Saturday night at AT&T Field, but the Chattanooga Lookouts couldn't add to it in a 5-4 loss to Huntsville.

ATLANTA — Given the week Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is enjoying, the question had to be asked.

Bryan College students, faculty and staff will hold the college's ninth annual community service day Tuesday.

"A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law."

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  • By By Robin Smith

Gov. Bill Haslam calls his school voucher program, the Tennessee Choice and Opportunity Scholarship Act, the perfect solution for those students who are struggling in one of the state’s 83 “priority,” or “failing,” schools, as determined by student test scores. The amount of a voucher is determined by the cost of student education at a public school.

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