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As summer drifts into fall and homeowners start raking up leaves to burn, state forestry officials in Chattanooga’s tri-state region are reminding people that they’ll need a burn permit starting in October and continuing through next spring.

HALETOWN, Tenn. — Haletown resident Chris McNabb was born 53 years ago on the old U.S. Highway 41 bridge over the Tennessee River.

Rhea Middle School continues to dry out, but students and teachers are back in the classrooms today after up to 50,000 gallons of water leaked into the school's main hallway early Saturday.

The man charged in Marion County, Tenn., in the 2012 death of his 3-month-old son continues to hold out against extradition as state officials seek a governor's warrant.

People in nearby rural communities are struggling with getting health care despite ongoing efforts to boost health insurance enrollment through the Affordable Care Act.

A trial date has been set for the couple charged in the August 2013 death of 5-year-old Spring City, Tenn., boy Landon Robbins.

Just the name World of Beer makes the taste buds start longing for something cold and sudsy.

The last time a police officer died in Chattanooga, the gunman was wearing a bulletproof vest and brandishing two guns. Police shot the gunman multiple times with their service weapons, but he didn't go down.

TRACY CITY, Tenn. — As motorists enter Tracy City from Monteagle in Grundy County, a time warp lies just to their right.

DAYTON, Tenn. — A probe by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will follow the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old Spring City man by a Rhea County deputy sheriff early Friday.

A Rhea County, Tenn., sheriff's deputy fatally shot a 23-year-old man who took a weapon from another deputy early this morning in the Rhea Medical Center emergency room, officials said.

Tennessee State Parks officials want to hear from the public on current business and management plans for Fall Creek Falls State Park on the Bledsoe-Van Buren county line.

When Bledsoe County's Justin Angel took the oath of office Friday evening to assume his seat as a 12th Judicial District Circuit Court judge he marked some milestones, at least as far as recent history is concerned.

Funeral services today for long-lost World War II veteran Cecil E. Harris closed quietly just after noon with the playing of Amazing Grace as family and friends remembered the U.S. Army private from Tennessee who gave all.

From a leaf-strewn grave on a French hillside to a flag-draped casket in a Tennessee church, U.S. Army Pfc. Cecil E. Harris' seven-decade journey made one final stop in Chattanooga on Friday en route to his final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery.

The body of U.S. Army PFC Cecil E. Harris, who was killed in France in 1945 and missing until last September, is scheduled to land on Tennessee soil today at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville at 11:06 a.m.

Sequatchie County, Tenn., property owners will have to pony up almost 10 percent more in property taxes after a vote to increase the rate by 21 cents.

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. — If you want reliably good, clean water to drink in northwest Bledsoe County, you have to go to prison.

Folks with disabilities now have a new place where they can wet a line and take in the beauty of Lake Guntersville, thanks to a pier project at the city-owned Goose Pond Colony Resort in Scottsboro, Ala.

A Jackson County, Ala., deputy was forced to shoot a man Thursday at a home in Bryant where authorities were called to investigate a domestic disturbance, authorities said.

A Jackson County, Ala., deputy was reportedly forced to shoot a man Thursday at a home in Bryant where authorities were called to investigate a domestic disturbance.

Walker County, Ga., Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell is proposing a 59-percent increase on county portion of property tax millage rates to generate money she says is needed to keep pace with increasing expenses and state requirements.

ATHENS, Tenn. — A series of judicial battles that started in 2010 with Walter F. Fitzpatrick's attempt to have President Obama indicted over the "birther" issue came to a close Tuesday when the retired Navy commander was led off to prison in handcuffs.

The man who in 2010 tried to have the Monroe County grand jury foreman arrested was sentenced on Tuesday by a McMinn County judge to three years in prison on more recent extortion and perjury charges stemming from a June jury conviction in Athens.

A local developer wants to resurrect the state-owned Old Stone Fort Golf Course site in Manchester, Tenn., with the idea of offering up the links to the public, particularly senior citizens, women and youths.

Parts of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama in the Chattanooga region are being targeted for rabies vaccination bait drops this fall in an overall battle against the disease and to fight off what federal officials say is a "small outbreak" in Northeast Alabama.

The father charged last week in Marion County, Tenn., in the 2012 death of his 3-month-old son is fighting extradition from Georgia where he lives.

The case of a Sequatchie County, Tenn., man charged in May with shooting another man in the legs with an assault weapon has been bound over to a grand jury.

A small tract of land in Van Buren County, Tenn., has added to Fall Creek Falls State Park more than eight acres of Cumberland Plateau land and an icy swimming hole known as Crusher Hole.

Students headed to class this month for fall semester at Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville will find a $10.5 million, 46,000-square foot facility aimed at technology waiting for them.

U.S. and Alabama health officials have confirmed five cases of rabies in Jackson County animals since May.

Grundy County voters picked a new sheriff and county mayor, and re-elected the incumbent Road Superintendent over a strong showing by a write-in candidate, according to unofficial results.

Sequatchie County deputies early Wednesday served a search warrant at a Mahoney Road home in the Daus Community and found a "'large amount of methamphetamine," officials said.

An arrest has been made in the 2012 death of 3-month-old Marion County, Tenn., infant Colin Russell.

After more than half a decade of debate, fire and safety problems and, finally last month, an exodus from the Grundy County Jail for state-ordered repairs, officials are taking bids for a new county lockup.

An arrest has been made in the 2012 death of 3-month-old Marion County, Tenn., infant Colin Russell.

Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force agents seized $125,000 in cash and arrested two people Tuesday in a lengthy investigation linked to an international narcotic distribution network.

Grundy County, Tenn., sheriff candidate Russell Baker's run for office has been clouded with questions about his residency and qualifications for the ballot.

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. — A dozen buildings, made of quarried stone, sand and mortar-chinked logs 80 years ago by Civilian Conservation Corps workers, are the focus of a preservation effort in Bledsoe State Forest.

Sequatchie County's ballot is filled with nonpartisan contested races for sheriff, county executive, County Commission, road superintendent and constable.

ALTAMONT, Tenn. — A Grundy County deputy's trip into the woods led to this week's discovery of a large outdoor marijuana-growing operation and almost 40,000 plants worth $37 million.

GRUETLI-LAAGER, Tenn. — A deputy who was out walking in a remote area near Gruetli-Laager spotted some water hose that led him to several pots with marijuana growing in them and, ultimately, to at least $37 million worth of the plants, according to Grundy County Sheriff Brent Myers.

Cleveland, Tenn., authorities are offering a $500 reward for information leading to arrests in car burglaries and vandalism that happened over the weekend in and around the town's greenway and greenway parking areas.

MENTONE, Ala. — Since 130 years of history went up in flames in March, only memories and blackened stone stand testament to the former glory of the Mentone Springs Hotel, the "Grand Old Lady" of East Alabama.

People in McMinn County, Tenn., are the targets of a scam being perpetrated in the name of the county's judicial officials, and some victims have lost $500 to $1,000.

McMinn County, Tenn., Sheriff Joe Guy says scammers are calling people, especially elderly residents, claiming to be “Sheriff Joe Guy” and telling them they have missed court dates or have dates upcoming in court involving a “hefty fine.”

It was a night the town wanted to forget.

ALTAMONT, Tenn. — Grundy County officials say moving inmates out of the county's 1970s-era jail while electrical repairs are made is faster, safer and more cost effective than leaving them there.

Inmates at the Grundy County Jail in Altamont, Tenn., have been moved out while electrical repairs are made to the county's aging lockup, state officials confirmed.

A study of America's non-interstate rural roads ranks Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama among the top 15 states for fatal accidents and suggests a major overhaul of the states' rural transportation systems.

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