published Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Y-12 report shows alarms triggered and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Y-12 report shows alarms triggered

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request show three different alarms were triggered by nuclear weapons protesters during an incursion at an Oak Ridge plant.

The Knoxville News Sentinel obtained documentation that Y-12 plant contractor B&W Y-12 sent the government in response to the incident on July 28, 2012. Three protesters cut through a fence and reached a storage facility that holds weapons-grade uranium before they were confronted.

The 102-page report states the triggering of multiple alarms "suggested a pathway was being followed."

The newspaper reported protocol required a patrol team to be sent to the point of the break-in, but the protesters weren't confronted before reaching the plant's so-called "protected area."

They face a May 7 trial.


LaFayette native takes parole post

ATLANTA — The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has appointed LaFayette, Ga., native David Morrison as director of its field operations division effective March 1, a news release said.

Morrison will be responsible for the supervision of nearly 24,000 parolees statewide. He was promoted from assistant division director, a position he had held since August 2010, the release from the board states.


Man charged in child's death

GADSDEN, Ala. — Police said a Gadsden man is being charged with capital murder in the death of his 20-month-old daughter. Capt. Bobby Jackson said warrants were being prepared Wednesday against 35-year-old Stephon Lindsay.

Jackson said officers believe Lindsay killed Maliyah Tashay Lindsay. Officers found her body at the end of a dead-end road after Lindsay's arrest Tuesday.

WBRC-TV reports police are looking for a knife or sword that may be linked to the child's death. But Jackson says the cause of death hasn't been determined.

The girl had been missing since March 5. Police said her 19-month-old mother told authorities the father said he was taking the girl to his sister's house for a few days.


Liquor re-vote planned today

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Proponents of liquor by the drink in Pigeon Forge are vastly outspending a group trying to defeat the issue as it comes back for another vote.

The Mountain Press reported proponent group Forging Ahead filed documents showing it had received nearly $27,000 between Jan. 1 and Feb. 26.

Concerned Churches and Citizens of Pigeon Forge reported it had about $3,400 in donations.

Voters narrowly approved a liquor referendum in November, but it was overturned after complaints that people who live outside the city were allowed to vote.

Today, Pigeon Forge voters again will choose whether to allow restaurant liquor sales.

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