published Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Man vows to keep wife buried in yard — and more Chattanooga region news

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    The home of Jim and Patsy Davis of Stevenson, Ala., shows where the late Patsy Davis is buried in the front yard of the house. In late March, following a civil trial, Jackson County Circuit Judge Jenifer Holt ordered Davis to remove his late wife's remains from the front yard.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Man vows to keep wife buried in yard

STEVENSON, Ala. — A Northeast Alabama man says he’ll take the fight to keep his wife buried in his front yard to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary.

Jim Davis, of Stevenson, told WAAY-TV the Alabama Supreme Court has rejected his appeal to keep his late wife, Patsy, buried on the couple’s property.

The 74-year-old Davis says he’s been fighting the city’s plan to relocate his wife’s remains for four years, and being buried on their property was one of his wife’s dying wishes.

The city’s attorney says the woman’s remains could be excavated and placed in a cemetery later this week. Davis says digging up his wife’s body and relocating her would be the hardest thing he’s ever had to do.

Stevenson is about 20 miles northeast of Scottsboro.

Phony postage plot charged

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — An East Tennessee man has been charged with mail fraud after prosecutors say he used more than $200,000 in counterfeit postage over a two-year period.

Jason Matthew Smalling of Piney Flats agreed to a one-count bill of information charging him with sending 312 priority mail packages using fake postage from the Bluff City post office.

The Kingsport Times-News reported Smalling ran a business called Value Decals. Prosecutors say he created and sold vinyl decals, some generic images and the logos of professional sports teams, from August 2011 through June 2013.

Prosecutors say some of the logos were unlicensed reproductions.

Smalling used computer software to reproduce postage information that allowed him to manipulate it so he wouldn’t have to pay to send the packages, prosecutors said.

Shutdown delays annual air show

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Organizers of an air show set for this weekend in Augusta say they’ve postponed it due to the partial shutdown of the federal government.

The Augusta Chronicle reports the 21st annual Boshears SkyFest has been rescheduled to April 26-27.

Event spokeswoman Becky Shealy says a waiver is required from the Federal Aviation Administration to have an air show with aerobatic performances, such as dives, loops and barrel rolls. Shealy said the waiver is sitting on a desk inside the FAA’s closed offices.

Man charged in penny dispute

MEMPHIS — It cost Danny Smith more than a penny to express his thoughts after buying a beer at a Memphis store.

The Commercial Appeal reported police arrested Smith, 51, after he called 911 twice on Monday, then called a nonemergency number after being dissatisfied. His complaint: The clerk at the store overcharged him by a penny.

The calls started just after 4 p.m. after Smith bought a 16-ounce Heineken. The clerk refused to hand over the penny Smith demanded, so he called 911. Police arrived and told Smith it was a civil matter.

After the third call to police in his quest for a penny, officers arrested Smith.

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