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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.

Water is still short in McCaysville, Ga., where rain continues to have a detrimental effect on supplies.

Bige (BYj) Newman grew up in rural, 1940s-era Meigs County, the middle child of his parents' 11 children.

A chemical spill at JIT Chemicals on Manufacturers Road led to some "tense moments" for employees, according to Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner.

A four-car crash on Interstate 24 this morning killed two women, one from Alabama and another from Wisconsin, and injured to other people, according to Georgia Highway Patrol officials.

When we got to Mrs. B’s Reggae Café on a recent weeknight, the parking lot was empty and we had the place to ourselves.

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. — More than $1 million in grant funding was doled out Tuesday as Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam made stops in three Sequatchie Valley counties.

DUNLAP, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that potential federal legislation legalizing works council-type labor boards in the U.S. without a union could benefit Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam handed out more than $1 million in grant funding today as he made stops in three Sequatchie Valley counties.

For most of the past 68 years, the spot was nothing more than a resting place for hikers.

A domestic violence call and gunshots drew the attention of Tullahoma police last month, but when the suspect in that incident started admitting to dozens of burglaries all over Coffee County, that got everybody's attention.

Residents in Copperhill, Tenn., and McCaysville, Ga., have been asked to conserve water because of equipment problems, heavy rains and a muddy Toccoa River.

Heavy rains across the western side of the Chattanooga region caused flooding today in some areas, but no major problems, officials said.

A new, super-potent form of marijuana known as "dabs" made its way to Manchester, Tenn., with the Bonnaroo festival crowd this month, adding another drug concern for law enforcement in Tennessee.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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