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A Stevenson, Ala., man is jailed on murder charges in the slaying of another man Thursday night.

When Leo Paul George Massicotte told his girlfriend to drop him off to trek through remote woods to a friend's house through Arnold Engineering and Development Center land, no one knew he would never again be seen alive.

Meigs County Chancery Court Clerk and Master Timothy Ned Proffitt was arrested Tuesday on a grand jury indictment charging him with falsifying a hotel receipt that he turned in for reimbursement.

A kidnapped woman and three children were in the house where Cleveland, Tenn., police shot to death a convicted sex offender who lunged at them with a knife, authorities said.

TBI officials said late today they are still investigating the officer-involved shooting of Cleveland, Tenn., resident 51-year-old Robert Edwin Eaves.

Cleveland authorities confirm that Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents are arriving at the scene of an officer-involved shooting at 1009 Phillips Street Southwest.

Meigs County Clerk and Master Tim Proffitt was arrested Tuesday on a grand jury indictment charging him with falsifying a hotel receipt.

MONTEAGLE, Tenn. — The Highlander Folk School on Monteagle Mountain is steeped in some of the most important times in American history, figuring prominently in organized labor efforts in the South and as a training ground for leaders of the civil rights movement.

The man charged in Marion County, Tenn., with the June 2012 battering death of his infant son finally waived his extradition rights this week in Whitfield County, Ga., allowing his return to Tennessee to face murder charges.

The man charged in Marion County, Tenn., with the June 2012 death of his 3-month-old son waived his extradition rights and is back in the Volunteer state to faces murder charges.

A man and woman sought by Coffee County, Tenn., authorities have been located in Sequatchie County with more than $90,000 in cash from a home burglary.

Searchers in southeast Bledsoe County on Tuesday located the body of a man reported missing on Sunday atop Waldens Ridge near the Bledsoe-Hamilton-Rhea county lines.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- Regardless of what the future holds, technology almost certainly will play a part for students at teacher Ryan Lewis' alma mater South Pittsburg High School.

A Fort Payne, Ala., man is dead and his neighbor is charged with murder in the investigation of a Saturday slaying in a mobile home park in the south end of town.

Fort Payne, Ala., police have charged a local man in the Saturday slaying of his neighbor in a mobile home park in the south end of town.

COKER CREEK, Tenn. — As he walks the trail that leads across almost 400 acres of woodland south of Coker Creek, Tenn., it's not hard for Jim Sirmans to imagine the Appalachian native peoples living and thriving among the hollows and majestic peaks.

For Madge Boggild the opening of the new $21.5 million bridge over the Tennessee River at Haletown, Tenn., brought her relationship with the crossing on U.S. Highway 41 full circle.

The new $21.5 million bridge over the Tennessee River on U.S. Highway 41 at Haletown, Tenn., was officially opened this morning replacing the 1929-era steel truss span alongside.

The man accused in the 2012 rape and slaying of 24-year-old Tullahoma, Tenn., nursing student Megan Sharpton will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a special motion hearing in Sequatchie County.

Congressman Scott DesJarlais made his victory speech in South Pittsburg, Tenn., less than two hours after the polls closed in Tennessee.

The two Walker County, Ga., men named as suspects in the Oct. 20 slaying of a Cherokee County, Ala., man have been extradited to Alabama to face murder charges.

Copper Basin's Burra Burra Mine targeted for restoration work

Only copper mine in southern U.S. open to visitation

DUCKTOWN, Tenn. — The vast landscape of the Copper Basin bears the scars of 150 years of mining, but also preserves the history of a way of life.

Grundy County has been slammed by the Tennessee comptroller's office for not correcting purchasing procedures, poor record-keeping and policy and organizational problems for two years.

More than 10 gallons of moonshine, a still, automatic weapons and a hydroponic marijuana operation were discovered by Hollywood, Ala., police and Alabama State Troopers on Monday at a welding business in Jackson County.

More than 10 gallons of moonshine, a whiskey still, automatic weapons and a hydroponic marijuana operation were discovered in a local welding shop in Hollywood, Ala., Monday night.

A former Coffee County, Tenn., jailer is behind bars, accused of charging inmates money to smuggle contraband into the jail.

A Tennessee man charged in a Murray County, Ga., underage sex investigation netted a 20-year sentence in Superior Court stemming from a three-count conviction in a June jury trial.

A 15-year-old LaFayette High School sophomore was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident off Dunwoody Road in North Georgia's Naomi community.

A pair of Walker County, Ga., men are behind bars awaiting extradition to Alabama to face murder charges in Cherokee County in connection with a Monday slaying in the Farill community.

A Tennessee Comptroller's Office investigation report uncovered problems in Meigs County's finance and school departments.

Cherokee County, Ala., authorities have named two Walker County, Ga., men in the killing of 39-year-old Billy Ingram at his home in the Farill community, not far from Weiss Lake.

A state Comptroller's Office investigation reports uncovered problems at Meigs County's Finance Department and School Department.

State and federal officials have cleared the way for deep mine operations in Rhea County, Tenn., to begin extracting coal from Dayton Mountain.

After a trip that took almost 70 years and went halfway around the world and back, a Shelbyville, Tenn., farm boy who fought and died for his country on a French hillside finally got the send-off, the respect, the place of honor he earned with his life.

World War II veteran U.S. Army Pvt. First Class Cecil E. Harris will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery today at 1 p.m., bringing full circle his journey through time and halfway around the world.

A single-car crash on state Highway 108 in Marion County early Sunday claimed the lives of two Grundy County residents

Monroe County, Tenn., officials have four months to fill the county sheriff’s position after Randy White’s August election was voided by a Chancery Court order.

The Coffee County, Tenn., man accused in the 2012 slaying of 24-year-old Tullahoma nursing student Erika Megan Sharpton faces a court hearing in November on his motion to withdraw his guilty plea to a murder charge.

Newly-elected Monroe County Sheriff Randy White is out of a job after a ruling by a Chancery Court judge voided his August election to the post.

A Tullahoma, Tenn., man who named himself a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, and threatened to burn his neighbors' homes and behead them remains behind bars in Coffee County awaiting a date in court.

Even after he knew he was under investigation, authorities said a Dayton, Tenn., man continued to view child pornography at his home, where he is said to have amassed thousands of illegal images.

A Dayton man is due in federal court tomorrow for a bond hearing on child porn charges after his arrest by Rhea County and federal authorities.

No court dates are set and the men charged in a DeKalb County, Ala., slaying remain behind bars without bond in the Saturday shooting death of a 36-year-old Fyffe man, according to officials.

Scientists and engineers in the tri-state region working on a future Mars mission will test their mettle in December with a space shot.

The pair charged in the November 2012 slaying of former Jo Dee Messina stage manager Thomas Colucci face a January trial date in Coffee County, Tenn.

A $433,531 bridge replacement project on the north end of Dayton, Tenn., will divert traffic onto detour routes until next May, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Federal wildlife officials seek help in rabies operation

Vaccine baiting under way across region

In response to a localized outbreak of rabies in Jackson County, Ala., that began in May, federal wildlife officials are asking for the public's help in determining whether the deadly disease is spreading, particularly among raccoons.

Traffic flow returned to normal Tuesday about 13 hours after a rock slide closed U.S. Highway 64 east of the Greasy Creek Bridge near the eastern end of Polk County's Lake Ocoee.

Polk County and state officials say one lane is open on U.S. Highway 64 where a rock slide that happened earlier this morning is obstructing traffic.

Authorities in Georgia and Tennessee say that a man who has stood before church congregations in the region to tell his bad-luck story has been duping good-hearted people out of their money.

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