published Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Top 5 things to know in the Chattanooga area today (with video)

1) RAIN MAY EASE BUT HIGH WATERS CONTINUE TO BUILD

Finally, the rain should stop today, but don't get too excited. The precipitation should return Thursday. And in between, the flood conditions aren't going anywhere.

Rain will continue through the early part of this morning before slowing to a drizzle later this afternoon, WRCB-TV3 meteorologist Paul Barys said. But before the rain stops, water levels in streams and creeks will continue to rise, causing floods that can affect today's traffic routes and class schedules.

2) CHUCK FLEISCHMANN GETS KEY U.S. HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE SPOT

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann has landed a spot on a crucial panel for Tennessee's 3rd District.

The second-term Republican, whose district includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Tennessee Valley Authority, was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee's Energy & Water Development Subcommittee. The subcommittee oversees funding for the U.S. Department of Energy -- the federal agency that operates Oak Ridge.

3) 2.9 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE REPORTED IN DALTON

Whitfield County experienced a small earthquake around 7:39 p.m last night.

The United States Geological Survey reports a 2.9 magnitude event about four miles west/northwest of Dalton.

4) ANITA EBERSOLE WITHDRAWS NAME FROM CITY COURT CLERK CONSIDERATION

A high-ranking staff member for Mayor Ron Littlefield withdrew her name Tuesday from consideration as City Court clerk and within minutes two city judges walked out of the room after being called "unprofessional" by the city's mayor.

Anita Ebersole, deputy to the mayor, announced Tuesday she would withdraw her name from consideration as City Court clerk.

5) CHATTANOOGA'S ORANGE GROVE CENTER MARKS 60 YEARS

Orange Grove, which soon will celebrate its 60th anniversary, is a local and national model of care for the intellectually challenged. Its leaders from Chattanooga are on prominent national boards and committees, including the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. They pushed successfully to raise the bar for newborn screening in Tennessee, were the first to adopt a code of ethics for direct support staff and co-founded the leading organization in sensory enrichment research.

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