published Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Alabama store giving Super refunds — and more Chattanooga region news

Alabama store giving Super refunds

GARDENDALE, Ala. — Customers of a Birmingham-area jeweler are getting about $70,000 in refunds because of the Super Bowl.

Jeff Dennis Jewelers in Gardendale ran a promotion offering a cash refund on purchases if either Denver or Seattle scored a safety during the game.

Dennis tells AL.com he was thrilled when Seattle scored a safety on Denver's first offensive play, and so are customers.

Brian Nunnally, of Kimberly, is getting a refund on a $260 necklace he bought as a Valentine's gift for his wife.

The refunds don't come from Dennis' pocket: He buys an insurance policy through Lloyd's of London to cover the cost.

This is the third such promotion that has paid off for Dennis in three years. He says the gimmick helps by increasing sales.


Alzheimer's registry endorsed

ATLANTA — The Georgia Senate has endorsed legislation that would establish a state registry of people with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders.

State senators voted 45-6 on Monday to support establishment of the registry, which would be maintained by the Department of Public Health, to assist with public policy and planning. The bill allows for the disclosure of only nonidentifying data for planning and research.

The Senate also voted 45-5 in favor of creating the Georgia Adult and Aging Services Agency to work with community partners in business and local government to address adult and aging needs. Republican Sen. Renee Unterman, of Buford, says the agency would be funded with money appropriated to the state Division of Aging Services, which it would replace.

Both bills head to the House for consideration.


168,000 deer harvested in state

NASHVILLE — More than 168,000 deer were harvested in Tennessee during the recent 2013-14 seasons, which began with archery season on Sept. 28 and ran through a final youth hunt on Jan. 11-12.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the numbers reflect the stability of the state's deer population. In the 2012-13 seasons, hunters harvested more than 176,600 deer.

Giles County saw the most deer harvested this time with 5,396. Fayette County was second, with 4,727. Other counties with at least 3,000 deer harvested were Lincoln, Henry, Hardeman, Maury, Franklin, Montgomery, Carroll, Madison, Weakley, Hickman and Hardin.

More than 1,000 deer were harvested in 73 of the state's 95 counties.


Group launches apps for Smokies

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — The Blount Partnership recently launched two free apps for visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

According to The Daily Times, the driving tour mobile app provides a history of the Smokies' most visited spot, Cades Cove, as well as GPS mapping, voice narration and historical photos to add to visitors' experience as they explore the cove.

The hiking and biking app features trails in and around the national park, including the Cades Cove Loop and the Maryville-Alcoa Trails.

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