published Monday, February 4th, 2013

Checkpoints planned in Meigs and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Checkpoints planned in Meigs

DECATUR, Tenn. — The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced that officers will be conducting driver's license safety checkpoints in Meigs County through Saturday, according to a news release from the Chattanooga District Office.

The checkpoints will be conducted contingent on manpower availability and weather conditions, according to officials.


Woman slipped into day care

ATHENS, Ga. — An Athens day care center says a woman accused of unlawfully taking her child from the center got inside by waiting until another parent exited a door requiring a security code.

The sheriff's office said Shannon Fluri, 48, had lost custody of her child. She was arrested after a 90-minute search and charged with interference with custody.

Oconee Preschool Academy reviewed what happened Wednesday and released a statement saying a teacher recognized Fluri and told her not to take the child. The teacher phoned the day care center's director, who ran after Fluri as she was leaving with the child and then called 911.


Historic Westville may move

COLUMBUS, Ga. — After years of declining attendance, the Historic Westville living history museum in Lumpkin might relocate to an urban area to try to attract more tourists.

The chairman of Westville's executive board, Tripp Blankenship, said a location could be chosen within six months. An 80-acre site near the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus is a possible location, along with Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta, board members said.

Historic Westville is 40 miles south of Columbus. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported that the 87-acre site has 30 period structures and 10 staff members who demonstrate life in the 1850s and beyond.

Annual attendance peaked at 49,452 in fiscal 1989 and dropped to 13,142 last year. The executive director of Westville, Leo Goodsell, attributed the decline to higher gas prices and schools cutting back on field trips.


2 teens killed in fiery collision

ATLANTA — Two Marietta teens died in a single-car collision early Sunday after the driver lost control and crashed into a brick sign along Sandy Plains Road, police said.

The 2001 Volvo S60 caught fire, killing the driver, Stephen Nolasco, 19, and his passenger, Matthew Bennett, 18, according to Cobb County police.

Investigators want to know what the two were doing before the crash and are asking anyone with information to call 770-499-3987.

The wreck happened about 3:20 a.m. at the intersection of Sandy Plains and Kinjac Drive. Nolasco was driving north and crossed into southbound lanes before striking the sign.

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