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RINGGOLD, Ga. — The former foster mother charged with murder in the death of a toddler in her care was granted bond in a Superior Court hearing Friday and a gag order was issued in the case.

Clara Edwards, the woman charged in May in the foster care death of 2-year-old Saharah Weatherspoon who died on Jan.1, was given a $75,000 bond today during a Catoosa County court hearing in Ringgold, Ga.

A 14-year-old was charged Tuesday in what the local sheriff called the "brutal" shooting death of a DeKalb County, Ala., woman.

Marion County, Tenn., authorities won't be able to take a next step in investigating the May death of a Chickamauga, Ga., woman whose body was found in Nickajack Lake until a cause of death is determined.

A 14-year-old has been charged in the shooting death Tuesday of a Mount Vernon woman, according to authorities in DeKalb County, Ala.

Cleveland State Community College's accrediting organization has warned the school in a yearlong sanction for failure to comply with requirements.

A Tullahoma, Tenn., mother accused in 2013 of pimping her teenage daughter to men in exchange for drugs has been sentenced along with her boyfriend to 20 years in prison.

Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tenn., got a 92-acre chunk of historic Rhea County land in a gift last week from alumnus, former Mohawk Homes president and the president-elect of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Bill Kilbride.

Etowah and Ducktown in Southeast Tennessee were among the six Volunteer State towns named Thursday to the most recent listing of communities named to the Tennessee Downtowns revitalization program.

A Tullahoma man sought by authorities after a domestic dispute and shots-fired call was apprehended after a foot pursuit.

Tullahoma authorities in Coffee County, Tenn., are seeking an armed man in connection with a domestic dispute and shots-fired call that happened late Wednesday on Normandy Road.

A Rhea County, Tenn., commissioner up for re-election faces a court date on an assault charge just before voters go to the polls in August.

Future tornado warnings for the residents of the tiny Franklin County town of Huntland will come partially in the form of a siren's wail howling across Southern Tennessee's landscape.

BELVIDERE, Tenn. -- For the last three decades Janie and John Lovett have marked their days by the turning of a 108-year-old water wheel.

South Pittsburg, Tenn., resident James Roger Tant has been missing since March of 2012, and Marion County authorities say there have been no new leads since early in the investigation.

National Weather Service officials have confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down in Jackson County, Ala., near Scottsboro and cut a path northeast to Hollywood.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — A chance meeting led to a grisly slaying in a pastoral Coffee County setting over the weekend, and a 37-year-old man is behind bars after confessing to eating parts of his victim.

Coffee County Schools has filed a lawsuit against Manchester and Tullahoma, Tenn., to recover more than $500,000 in liquor tax revenue owed to the system going back to the 1980s.

The LaFayette, Ga., City Council on Monday night named a Georgia Tech graduate to the post of city manager.

Coffee County, Tenn., authorities say a local man is charged with murder and abusing the corpse of a woman from Pikeville in Bledsoe County he has admitted to killing, dismembering, and eating part of her remains.

DeKalb County, Ala., officials are awaiting funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help cover expenses for repairing county roads damaged by flooding from the April 28 storms.

The effort to build a permanent farmers market and community kitchen in Pikeville, Tenn., got high marks last week from a leading official with the Appalachian Regional Commission.

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. — Starting this summer, Fall Creek Falls State Park will be the setting for a Spiderman-like experience of nature from above with the opening of an aerial adventure park.

Alabama voters in Jackson and DeKalb counties picked their favorite primary candidates on Tuesday from the race for the governor's office to a tally in the town of Hollywood on whether to allow alcohol sales.

The victims in the fatal crash this morning on I-75 north of Dalton have been identified as Chattanooga residents.

DeKalb County, Ala., voters chose a November contender in the race for revenue commissioner and a number of state races in Tuesday's primary election.

Voters across Alabama are at the polls today choosing primary party candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, Senate and House representatives, along with local races.

Primary voters in Alabama’s DeKalb and Jackson counties headed for the polls today will have light local ballots countered by a number of state party races to decide.

DUNLAP, Tenn. -- His wheelchair is his chariot.

A 72-year-old Crossville, Tenn., man who in 2012 skipped out on a vehicular homicide trial in Cumberland County was taken into custody Wednesday after a five-hour standoff with police in Reno, Nev.

Authorities in Tullahoma, Tenn., are looking for help to find a local man last seen walking not far from his home.

Former foster care mother Clara Louise Edwards on Wednesday made the 14-mile trip from her jail cell in Hamilton County to the one in Catoosa County, Ga., where she is charged with murder in the death of a toddler who was in her care.

A battered-baby death in Marion County, Tenn., now is almost 2 years old, and no charges have been filed.

The two new veterans outpatient clinics in Athens and Harriman in East Tennessee, where ribbons were cut in April, answer longtime needs in the region, officials say.

Investigators are still working to establish where a 46-year-old woman found dead in the passenger seat of a Winchester, Tenn., man's car was killed.

The storms that struck Northeast Alabama and South Central Tennessee on April 28 produced the fourth-largest tornado outbreak in North Alabama history, officials said.

An informal memorial event for Scott Crisp, a widely-known traditional Cherokee dancer, storyteller and historian of Cherokee lore and culture who died suddenly on Monday, is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday at Red Clay State Park in South Bradley County.

Almost 40 people were arrested Wednesday on more than 130 drug-related charges after a four-month investigation by the Etowah, Tenn., police department.

A four-month investigation by the Etowah Police Department resulted more than 130 charges landing almost 40 people in jail Wednesday on a variety of drug charges.

Scott Crisp will never pound the earth with the Cherokee bear dance again.

Voters in North Georgia Republican primaries decided the Senate District 53 and House District 2 seats for the next term.

In the GOP primary for state House District 1, early results show former Dade County Commissioner Robert Goff making a comeback in the three-way race with incumbent John Deffenbaugh and fellow challenger Alan Painter.

Early election results show incumbent John Deffenbaugh leading Robert Goff and Alan Painter in the state House District 1 Republican primary. Deffenbaugh had 155 votes with Painter following with 87 and Goff a distant third with 46 votes.

Marion County and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents are still sorting out what happened to a Chickamauga, Ga., woman whose body was found by a fisherman Saturday morning in Nickajack Lake.

The body found Saturday floating in Nickajack Lake near the U.S. Highway 41 bridge in Marion County has been identified as Shanna Leigh, 50, of Chickamauga, Ga., according to officials.

People who have spent most of their lives on the easternmost piece of U.S. Highway 41 in Marion County say Aetna Mountain's going to win the battle for the pavement.

A Middle Tennessee pain clinic doctor, targeted last month in a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into overprescribing, says restrictions are strangling supplies of pain medications in rural communities and are causing misguided investigations of some pain management doctors.

A Sequatchie County, Tenn., man underwent surgery on Thursday for multiple gunshot wounds to his legs, and another man remains behind bars today on attempted murder charges.

The identities of the victim and suspect in the shooting Wednesday in Sequatchie County have been released.

The Tullahoma Regional Airport in Coffee County, Tenn., will see $2 million in improvement projects launched by the end of summer.

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