published Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Man sentenced in child sex case and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Man sentenced in child sex case

ROME, Ga. — A Chattanooga man was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Vining in Rome to 15 years in prison Friday on a child enticement conviction.

Last June, Jason Antti, 41, responded to a Craigslist ad that solicited readers for sex with two young teen girls. The ad was created by an FBI agent.

Friday, Antti was sentenced for responding to the ad and agreeing to meet the girls at an EconoLodge in Chickamauga, Ga., last year, with the knowledge the girls were 11 and 14. He was arrested on June 8, 2012.

Antti faces 15 years in prison and 15 years of supervised watch upon his release.

The Rossville Police Department, Walker County Sheriff's Office, Murray County Sheriff's Office and FBI worked the case.

Antti was one of several people arrested by the FBI's Northwest Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force last June.


Airport welcomes world's largest jet

ATLANTA — The world's largest passenger jet has made its first stop at the world's busiest airport -- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Airport officials celebrated the arrival of Korean Air's Airbus A380 on Friday with a water cannon salute.

The double-decker, four-engine A380 is the world's largest passenger aircraft. To accommodate the plane, the airport widened two runways and three taxiways by more than 855,000 square feet and installed new passenger loading bridges.

Airport officials said Atlanta is only the fourth U.S. city to offer A380 service to Asia.


Two plead guilty in emissions scam

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta said two men have pleaded guilty to issuing more than 4,000 emission certificates for cars that would have failed inspections in exchange for payments totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Friday that Jerome Clarence Barnes Jr., of Lithia Springs, orchestrated the scheme, which not only broke the law but posed a threat to air quality and public health.

He and co-defendant Jared F. Walker each face a fine up to $250,000.


FCC expanding broadband access

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Federal Communications Commission officials said areas throughout Alabama have been targeted for broadband Internet expansion.

FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield said Thursday that $27 million of the FCC's Connect America Fund will be distributed to help expand Internet access throughout Alabama.

The Connect America Fund is being used to expand broadband Internet access to rural communities across the country.

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