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NASHVILLE — After 16 years as executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Richard G. Rhoda is stepping down at the end of the year.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., said Wednesday a nonpartisan congressional study demonstrates Tennessee Republican legislators were more interested in voter "suppression" than ballot security when enacting a law requiring state residents to present a government-issued photo ID before casting ballots.

When Bradley County Sheriff-elect Eric Watson announced in August that Arnold Botts would be his director of administration, he spoke proudly of Botts’ law enforcement and administrative experience as a former Cleveland police chief.

The newly elected president of the United Auto Workers local in Chattanooga said Saturday he plans to seek talks soon with Volkswagen plant officials about formally recognizing the union.

JASPER, Tenn. — Every five years the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the federal government require an inspection of a municipality's water tanks, and Jasper's next inspection is due this year.

Registration begins Tuesday for Lee University's annual fall Encore program.

The new 10th Judicial District attorney general sent his own investigator and a TBI agent to the Polk County Election Commission office Wednesday to look into allegations of vote-buying and voter intimidation during early voting.

Complaints of vote-buying and voter intimidation in Polk County early voting are under investigation by the district attorney's office.

POWELL, Ala. — A Powell man shot and wounded a man breaking into his house Wednesday, DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a news release.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A special judge ruled Tuesday that veteran prosecutor Richard Fisher must be recused from the case against accused Valentine's Day slaying defendant Michael Younger.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Special Judge John Kerry Blackwood today ruled that Richard Fisher cannot prosecute Michael Younger in the Valentine's Day triple killing that took place in 1999 in Cleveland.

Steve Bebb is hanging it up.

The Bradley County Sheriff's Office seems to be having trouble with the concept of custody.

Steve Bebb, district attorney for Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties, will leave office at the end of this month, state sources confirm.

Vince Dean, Republican nominee for Hamilton County Criminal Court clerk, will be the guest speaker today at the Pachyderm Club.

The Bradley County Sheriff's Office is investigating how a prisoner in chains and shackles was left overnight in a courthouse holding cell with no access to food, water or a bathroom.

A Rossville man has pleaded guilty to laundering some $250,000 in bribe money received from Afghan contractors in Afghanistan, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.

Construction of a proposed roundabout at Jenkins and Igou Gap roads is going to reroute traffic for the next couple of months.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The decision whether to try or dismiss new murder charges against Twanna Blair in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple slaying is now in a judge's hands.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Valentine's Day slaying defendant Twanna Blair can be tried on charges that were lodged in past years but never brought before a jury, a prosecutor argued Thursday.

Residents of Bradley, McMinn, Polk and Monroe counties overwhelmingly voted for new leadership in the 10th Judicial District Attorney's Office, rejecting a protege of the current DA in favor of a private-practice attorney who campaigned on a platform of equal justice for all.

Though the right not to be tried twice for the same crime is a bedrock of constitutional law, prosecutors have re-indicted Twanna "Tart" Blair in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple murder five years after she was found not guilty in the case.

State appeals court judges have overturned the conviction of a man whom Monroe County, Tenn., authorities charged with homicide after he was the victim of a shooting in 2009.

John Allen Brooks, who is seeking to represent District 6 on the Hamilton County Commission, and Eric McRoy, candidate for House District 27, will meet with voters from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Red Bank Community Center on Tom Weathers Road behind Erlanger North.

"The world will miss this man."

The Huey and Cobra helicopter rides being hosted this weekend by the Hixson Flight Museum at the Dallas Bay Skypark will be delayed because of bad weather in Atlanta, a news release states.

The Chattanooga City Council's November vote to grant health benefits to employees' domestic partners was "deaf to and inconsiderate of Chattanooga voters" and should be overturned at the ballot box, its chief opponent said Thursday.

A group opposed to city benefits for domestic partners today launched a push to defeat the measure in a November voter referendum.

More than a dozen candidates in the May 6 primaries are expected to speak and meet the public at a candidate forum Thursday hosted by the Chattanooga Tea Party.

The National Rifle Association is taking Bradley County, Tenn., Sheriff Jim Ruth to task for the second time in two weeks for falsely claiming its endorsement in the current Republican primary for sheriff.

Fewer than half of the candidates running for state and local offices in Hamilton County met Thursday's deadline for filing first-quarter campaign funding reports. But those who did show they've amassed more than $900,000 combined to get elected.

New murder charges have been filed against a suspect in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple slaying in Cleveland, Tenn.

A Bradley County, Tenn., prosecutor who said her boss assaulted and then fired her last week has her job back.

A Bradley County prosecutor who said her boss assaulted and then fired her last week has her job back.

The last man to be forcibly annexed by Chattanooga is philosophical about his fate.

An assistant district attorney in Bradley County says her boss, 10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Bebb, physically assaulted and then fired her last week, and she believes it is related to her preference in the upcoming DA race.

The NRA is disputing Bradley County, Tenn., Sheriff Jim Ruth's claim he has its endorsement for the upcoming election.

District 7 Hamilton County Commission candidate Sabrena Turner is disavowing a Facebook post by her campaign manager that Republican primary opponent Phil Smartt called a slap at his Mormon religion.

State senators on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the most far-reaching change ever in Tennessee's nearly 60-year-old annexation laws, teeing up the bill for final passage next week on the House floor.

The first thing the neighbors heard was the throaty roar of a motorcycle racing away in the night.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke took issue Saturday with the Times Free Press' coverage of the first "call-in" event of his Violence Reduction Initiative.

Maurice Johnson's new judge ruled Friday that Johnson, the only person convicted in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple slaying in Cleveland, Tenn., also deserves new defense lawyers.

Tennessee's disciplinary agency for attorneys has dismissed an ethics complaint alleging that 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Bebb misused his authority, according to the Tennessee speaker of the House.

Tennessee's Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance has dismissed as "frivolous" and a "cheap shot" a complaint filed by Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth against his GOP primary campaign opponent.

A Riceville, Tenn., man is believed to have shot his elderly aunt to death Tuesday before turning the gun on himself.

The Georgia state Senate approved a resolution on Monday to cap the state's income tax at its current rate.

Members of a state House committee that followed up last year on a TBI investigation of 10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Bebb expected legislative charges against Bebb and possible removal when the General Assembly convened in January.

A McMinn County businessman who drugged teenage girls and photographed them in sexual poses texted one such picture to the county's chief deputy, who was in training at the FBI Academy at the time, sources close to the investigation confirm.

People with second-shift jobs on Manufacturers Road on the North Shore need to be planning alternate routes.

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