published Monday, October 21st, 2013

Toy Convoy getting in gear and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Toy Convoy getting in gear

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — Classic vehicle owners are invited to take part in the 17th annual Highway 41 Toy Convoy on Nov. 3 to help underprivileged kids.

The caravan of cars, trucks and bikes will line up at Coffee County Middle School in Manchester at 11 a.m. CST. There will be music, food, vendors and more, including a visit from Santa, organizers said.

Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy and fly the American flag. Cost is $5 per vehicle for the convoy, $10 with entry to the vehicle show. Winners will receive trophies and door prizes.

People are invited to drop off toys for the convoy at C.A.R.S. in Manchester or Mike's Tires and Brakes on North Jackson in Tullahoma. Those who need toys for their kids are asked to contact the Coffee County Sheriff's Office, Manchester Police, Tullahoma Fire Department or Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

For more information call Katy Ishee at 931-857-3643.

Snake program set at canyon

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Dr. George Cline of Jacksonville State University will have some live exhibits when he presents a program on Alabama snakes at the Little River Canyon Center on Saturday.

Of the state's 66 known species of snakes, 55 are nonvenomous and harmless to humans, according to a news release. The 11 venomous species include timber rattlers and copperheads.

The program is set for 10 a.m. CDT at the center on state Highway 35. Admission is free.

For more information, call 256-845-9605; visit the park's website at or see Facebook updates at

Three dead in crash, suicide

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tuscaloosa police said an ex-deputy sheriff ran his wife and her male companion off the road, killing them both, before fatally shooting himself.

Sgt. Dale Phillips said the 52-year-old man was found Sunday morning with a single gunshot wound to his head.

Authorities said they were examining the scene when they found a truck down a nearby embankment containing the bodies of a 51-year-old woman and another 52-year-old man. No names were released.

Phillips said investigators determined that the ex-deputy confronted his wife and the man at the man's house before chasing them and ramming them with his vehicle.

Man runs over another in fight

ATLANTA — Atlanta police said a man is in critical condition after a driver intentionally ran him over and parked the car on top of him.

Lt. Paul Guerrucci said both men were at a gathering in southwest Atlanta when a fight escalated Saturday night.

The driver's identity has not been released, and police said the car was still on top of the man when they arrived on the scene.

Authorities said a passenger in the car held the driver on the scene and the victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Police said the man is in extremely critical condition.

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