News for Sunday, December 22, 2013



SELMA, Ala. — Selma police say two men have been arrested on capital murder charges after a woman was shot during an armed robbery.

SEATTLE — A Seattle teenager's glasses may have saved her life in a drive-by shooting.

MARIETTA, Ga. — Police in suburban Atlanta say three people have been fatally shot at an apartment complex.

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama told Congress Sunday that he may take further military action to protect Americans in violence-plagued South Sudan.

NEW YORK — A 35-year-old man and a toddler plummeted to their deaths from a Manhattan apartment building, police said Sunday as they investigated what led to the tragedy.

NEW YORK — Apple says it has reached a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone carrier.

Peyton Manning has broken Tom Brady's NFL record for most touchdown passes in a season with 51.

Nate Washington spoiled Brad Meester's home finale. He also may have helped save Mike Munchak's job.

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Sunday afternoon that Razor Shines will manage the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2014.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is putting “Duck Dynasty” items back on its shelves and apologizing to its customers.

CHATTANOOGA — The Young African Choir is made up of 17 performers who joined the program years ago for an education and life changing experience. The group performed at different churches in Chattanooga Sunday.

BEIRUT — Syrian aircraft pummeled opposition areas in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least 32 people and extending the government's furious aerial bombardment of the rebel-held half of the divided city to an eighth consecutive day.

DERMOTT, Ark. — St. Francis County authorities say a woman was killed when a tornado struck near Hughes.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Georgia Regents University officials are defending a dental school program that used dogs to test human dental implants.

MONROE, La. — A storm system swept across the central and southern U.S. on Saturday, bringing tornadoes and wind gusts that ripped roofs from barns and hurled trees into power lines, officials said. At least two people were killed.

For a week following Jadin's death, Joe Bell lay in bed, beating himself up, wondering what he could -- should -- have done differently to help his son.

It was last Christmas when I received the best gift I could ever get. I was 39 years old.

  • Dec. 22nd, 2013  |

Tennessee’s lawmakers and lobbyists are gearing up for a booze battle in 2014 that could determine whether or not grocery stores can legally sell wine in the Volunteer State.

After knocking off the nation's No. 1 wrestler in his 133-pound weight class on Friday night, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior wrestler Nick Soto had every reason to celebrate his individual win over Stanford's Ryan Mango.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's choice to be the city's next police chief could be the most important decision of his time in office.

ATHENS, Ga. — Talk about a crowded kennel.

Drinking beers in his dead son's truck, Bobby Joe McConathy decided about 1:30 a.m. Saturday to go for a drive.

Many of workers in the labor and the delivery unit at Hutcheson Medical Center had been there long enough to watch the babies they delivered return to have babies of their own.

STANFORD, Calif. — Tara VanDerveer had one simple message for her players before facing Tennessee: "If we rebound, we win."

Names of Baylor wrestlers could be found in almost half of the 14 championship bouts Saturday in the McCallie Invitational high school wrestling tournament. And as far as team results went, it mattered little that only two Red Raiders were individual winners.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head women's basketball coach Jim Foster has spent the first half of the 2013-14 season developing depth on his team. Saturday afternoon, that depth came in handy.

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — As her teammates patted her on the back and chanted "MVP, MVP," Calhoun's Jana Johns flashed a shy smile and shrugged her shoulders when asked to describe the final few seconds of Saturday's game.

In the first few days of winter, Linda Rugina’s “Ross’s Landing” is like a deep gulp of summer.

Six weeks of rehab following elbow surgery just didn't give Andrew Godsey the feel for the game he wanted.

There's a brand of mania that afflicts some children the week before Christmas. Symptoms may include giddiness, hyperactivity, insomnia and/or weeping.

I’ve been collecting hints all year for last-minute gifts during the holiday season.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley Central wrestling coach Ben Smith wanted his team to put themselves in a position Saturday afternoon to claim the title of the Bradley Invitational. They gave themselves that chance -- but fell short of their final pursuit.

The mysterious country of Siam has always fascinated my wife, Patti, and I, and our visit there was not disappointing. Siam became Thailand in 1939, but it remains the intriguing Southeast Asian nation it has been for centuries.

  • Dec. 22nd, 2013  |
  • By By Roger Smith

Miss Margaret — technically, Mary Margaret Watson — lives on $730 a month.

The investigation into the death of a 3-month-old Marion County, Tenn., baby from "major trauma" in 2012 could be presented to a grand jury in February.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — City leaders in South Pittsburg and Kimball have worked out a deal that will allow South Pittsburg's little league baseball and softball programs to use the new ballfields at Kimball Park for the upcoming season.

Q. Whatever happened to former Pikeville, Tenn., Mayor Greg Johnson, who was charged in July 2012 with theft in excess of $60,000 and official misconduct following a state audit and investigation?

I plan special events at Hamilton Place, however, on Saturday, Dec. 7, an event occurred without my knowledge, and it made a huge impact on my family.

  • Dec. 22nd, 2013  |
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Phil Robertson shouldn't lose his job.

Tim Ensign again came out on top at the 29th annual Wauhatchie Trail Race on Saturday, winning the 10-kilometer event and earning the Golden Antlers Award for the ninth time in the past 12 years.

The thick, grayish-black coal-ash slurry that came barging into lives in the dead of night is gone now, much of it loaded onto train cars and hauled away.

The Airport Authority has once again acted in a manner that would bankrupt most businesses, and they are using taxpayer money.

I was compelled to write this after reading a recent article in the Times Free Press noting that it's possible the Barrel Drop was canceled due to pressure from local restaurants. As someone constantly evangelizing on Chattanooga's behalf I find this extremely frustrating.

  • Dec. 22nd, 2013  |
  • By By Travis Truett
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When Christmas came to Chattanooga in 1863, a month to the day following the Civil War battle of Missionary Ridge, Rev. Thomas Hooke McCallie was pastor of First Presbyterian Church, then known as the Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga.

  • Dec. 22nd, 2013  |
  • By By David Cooper
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There is not and cannot be income equality because there isn’t intelligence, education, effort and ethics equality.

We love pulling out our smart phones to get directions to lunch spots with free Internet. And it’s equally pleasing to turn on your phone and make a movie or concert reservation.

Two weeks ago, I ate a catfish. If you are Jewish, catfish is just one mysterious-and-presumed-delicious food in a long list of foods that includes pork roast, shrimp scampi, fried country ham and cheeseburgers, that you are, by religious law, forbidden to eat.

  • Dec. 22nd, 2013  |
  • By By Dana Shavin

'Twas four days before Christmas when all through the house, no one was stirring, not even your spouse.

  • Dec. 22nd, 2013  |
  • By By Julie Baumgardner

New York Life Insurance Co. has recognized four agents.

The most memorable quotes in the Times Free Press for the week of Dec. 15-21:

  • Dec. 22nd, 2013  |

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