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A Jackson County, Ala., man was arrested on a string of charges after leading police on a chase, dodging tire spikes, going the wrong way on Interstate 59 and eventually fleeing into woods on a dead-end road.

The three people charged last week in connection with the Dec. 17 death of a Sardis, Ala., resident were transferred to Marshall County, Ala., custody over the weekend after new information was developed in the case.

A $113,300 state grant will give Cumberland County, Tenn.'s used motor oil collection efforts a generous boost with new equipment at all the collection centers in the county.

The three people charged last week in connection with the Dec. 17 death of 38-year-old Sardis resident Gary Lee Willis were transferred to Marshall County custody over the weekend after new information developed on the venue in the case.

The North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm near Cleveland, Ga., gained a spiny new resident this month with the discovery of a baby African crested porcupine in its porcupine exhibit.

Two Marshall County, Ala., residents and another from DeKalb County, Ala., were charged Tuesday in connection with the disappearance and death of a Boaz, Ala., man.

The $40 million expansion of Shaw Industries hardwood flooring plant in South Pittsburg, Tenn., will disturb a small area of wetlands on the 13-acre tract where the work will take place.

Q. Whatever happened to former Pikeville, Tenn., Mayor Greg Johnson, who was charged in July 2012 with theft in excess of $60,000 and official misconduct following a state audit and investigation?

The investigation into the death of a 3-month-old Marion County, Tenn., baby from "major trauma" in 2012 could be presented to a grand jury in February.

The father of 17-year-old Dalton McConathy, who was killed last month while allegedly picking up scrap metal in Ringgold, Ga., was in a standoff with Walker County SWAT officers early this morning, according to the Walker County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities in DeKalb County, Ala., are leading the investigation in the death of a 38-year-old Boaz man whose body was found in a burned car near the town of Geraldine.

Polk County authorities are investigating a fatal collision between a pedestrian and a train that happened Wednesday morning around 11:30 a.m., according to a release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Georgia officials say the $34 million construction project at the Rocky Face exit on Interstate 75 is on schedule and within its budget as the end of the year nears.

DALTON, Ga. — In a chemistry lab at Southeast Whitfield High School, fabrics of fashion met their fates on Tuesday in test tubes and over Bunsen burners.

Jackson County, Ala., Sheriff Chuck Phillips remained tight-lipped on Monday in the October battering death of a Pisgah, Ala., baby, but court records show investigators believe the infant's father intentionally and fatally injured her.

It's not easy to run a volunteer fire department when your best source of income comes from fundraising roadblocks that now have drawn the attention of Tennessee state troopers.

Since the tiny town of Huntland in Franklin County, Tenn., last June became the state's first municipality to pass an ordinance requiring a doctor's prescription to buy pseudoephedrine-based cold medicines, the idea has spread like wildfire.

While Tullahoma, Tenn., physician Harry Bartee continues to recover from his wounds after being shot at least four times Wednesday on the town square in Manchester, Tenn., his estranged wife's bond was dramatically reduced Thursday.

A doctor attending a mediation session in Manchester, Tenn., was gunned down by his estranged wife in front of his lawyer's office Wednesday afternoon on the downtown square, police said.

The Mountain Goat Trail in Tennessee's Franklin and Grundy counties could have more than a $1.2 million net annual economic impact on the Monteagle Mountain community and cities along the 35-mile route, a report found.

Investigators believe a fire that caused smoke and water damage to the Coffee County Drug Court building Tuesday morning was intentionally set, possibly by someone who was scheduled for a drug test or hearing that day.

Manchester Police Department officials confirmed this afternoon that detectives are investigating a shooting that happened in front of a lawyers office on North Spring Street about 1 p.m. CST today.

WINCHESTER, Tenn. — The 77-year-old Franklin County Courthouse clock hasn't worked reliably for most of Keith Henley's lifetime.

A Rocky Face, Ga., man charged in April with stabbing a Walker County man to death was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty of felony murder this week in Whitfield County.

The results of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe into a fatal shooting by a Marion County deputy in September will be submitted soon to 12th Judicial District Attorney Mike Taylor, but officials remain mum on the outcome.

A meth lab fire Sunday night in Franklin County, Tenn., injured nine officers who responded to an Estill Springs campground to investigate reported domestic violence and a possible meth operation.

A meth lab fire Sunday night in Franklin County injured nine officers who answered a domestic violence call in Estill Springs.

LOOKOUT VALLEY — The Chattanooga region’s interstates and major U.S. and state highways will be flooded with state troopers and safety messages over the Thanksgiving holiday under a state and national effort to minimize traffic fatalities.

Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers will be out in force and posting safety messages over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend as part of a safety mission called the “I-40 Challenge: the Drive Toward Zero Fatalities.”

Fired former Jackson County, Ala., administrator Sandra Erickson on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the County Commission, its members and chairman, claiming breach of contract, wrongful termination, defamation and denial of due process.

A donation of thousands of dollars worth of state-of-the-art mechanical equipment will give students at Coffee County Central High School an edge seeking jobs in manufacturing industries.

In the cold dark of night, small groups of men at the direction of President Abraham Lincoln undertook a secret, one-night guerrilla operation to burn nine railroad bridges in Confederate-occupied East Tennessee.

Y.B. Ashby wasn't born in Grundy County, Tenn., but her soil is billowed by his grave. It's where his heart found a home and his soul took root.

Maybe Kelly Sharpton couldn't bear the pain any longer.

Cleveland, Tenn.'s Museum Center at 5ive Points is calling for submissions to display in its annual quilt show to open in late January, according to officials.

An agreement between a nonprofit group looking to save the B.B. Comer Bridge in Scottsboro, Ala., from the wrecking ball and the company contracted to demolish it could lead to the old steel span's preservation.

State auditors tallied 17 findings in a review of financial statements of Sequatchie County, Tenn., for the year ended June 30, including improper money transfers and disbursals and 152 "missing" inmate phone cards.

Former state Sen. Eric Stewart has been charged in Franklin County, Tenn., with theft and fraud stemming from a continuing investigation into his insurance business, according to court records and officials.

Former state Sen. Eric Stewart has been arrested in Franklin County on theft and fraud charges stemming from his insurance business, according to court records and officials.

NORMANDY, Tenn. -- It was like a scene from a horror movie as Ricky Greene slipped his hand into the darkness under a concrete slab that had been pried up from his yard in Coffee County.

HALETOWN, Tenn. — Gigantic steel girders are going up on the new U.S. Highway 41 bridge over the Tennessee River in Marion County as work resumes on the project that had been delayed for months.

Longtime Georgia House Rep. Jay Neal, R-LaFayette, is stepping down from his seat to take an appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal to a state Department of Corrections post.

An Estill Springs, Tenn., man is free on a $125,000 bond after firing a shotgun at teens who were rolling their principal's yard with toilet paper.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — When Kim San Chinese Restaurant opened on Keith Street here in 1986, mullets were the style, MTV was cool, cellphones were science fiction and the Commodore 64 computer was the height of technology.

Trenton seems to fit the model. Two people died there about a block from each other. Ringgold does, too. Death toll there: 8.

Two tornado shelters with room for at least 100 people are almost completed in Bridgeport, Ala., among the latest of 25 such facilities planned across Jackson County.

Four towns in Jackson and DeKalb counties in Alabama received more than $750,000 to divvy up for sidewalk projects for residents and schoolchildren to use.

As Congress nears agreement on ending the federal shutdown, Aerospace Testing Alliance, the primary contractor at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tenn., is in the odd position of sending workers home by the hundreds while preparing to hire new workers for a heavy schedule of testing set to begin next week.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — It all started with a toy cap gun.

A notice at the top of Alabama State Parks' online homepage says it all:

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