published Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Meth lab found; man charged and other news from areas around Chattanooga

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    A Pisgah, Ala., man was arrested Tuesday night and charged in connection with the seizure of a methamphetamine laboratory.
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Meth lab found; man charged

PISGAH, Ala. — A Pisgah, Ala., man was arrested Tuesday night and charged in connection with the seizure of a methamphetamine laboratory, according to a news release.

Members of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office narcotics unit executed a search warrant at a home in Rosalie, Ala., and found a meth lab and a small amount of meth, the release stated. Deputies also seized a pistol with an altered serial number.

Darrell Ray Miller, 50, was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance first, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an altered firearm, the release stated.

He is being held in the Jackson County Jail, and no bond has been set.

Couple charged with child abuse

CALHOUN, Ga. — A Calhoun, Ga., mother and her boyfriend have been charged with child abuse after her 2-year-old son was taken to Gordon County Hospital with suspicious bruises, authorities said.

Cody James Cronon, 19, and Tamara Stone, 22, were arrested and charged with first-degree cruelty to children Tuesday, according to a news release from the Calhoun Police Department.

Cronon and Stone were taken to the Gordon County Jail. Bond had not been set late Wednesday. The 2-year-old and another child have been removed from the home, authorities said.

Former coach pleads in sex case

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — A former Alcoa High School softball coach headed off his sexual offenses trial by changing his pleas.

The Daily Times reported Robert Paul Talley, 41, of Knoxville, will serve four months in jail on his plea in sex crimes against female former students who were 13-17 years old.

Talley entered pleas of guilty and "no contest" Tuesday to a variety of charges against him. He was sentenced to four years in prison but will serve only 120 days in jail and the rest on community corrections status.

He must surrender his teaching license and will be listed permanently on the sex offender registry.

Resident sues over body farm

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — A Jefferson County resident has sued the county board of zoning appeals over its decision to approve the location of a cadaver research facility that would be operated by Carson-Newman College.

Doris Ligon filed the lawsuit in Chancery Court on Wednesday seeking to nullify a Dec. 18 vote by the board to approve the body farm that would be next to her property. She said in a news release that the board exceeded its authority in approving the research facility.

Carson-Newman officials say the site would not be toxic and the purpose is to study the effects of corpse decomposition on soil, air and water near it.

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