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The nation's poverty rate dropped last year for the first time since 2006, but the number of Tennesseans living below the poverty line increased in the most recent two-year period, the Census Bureau said Tuesday.

Republican Sens. Mitch McCon-nell and Lamar Alexander introduced a bill on Tuesday that would add another member to the National Labor Relations Board to keep an even balance between Democratic and Republican board members.

UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 seasonal workers to help with package deliveries during the busy holiday season. The Atlanta company said Tuesday that the positions will include package sorters, loaders, delivery helpers and drivers.

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Two North Alabama men have been convicted of cheating during a fishing tournament on Lake Guntersville.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team finished sixth out of 16 teams Monday in Louisville's Cardinal Cup tournament at Simpsonville, Ky.

The union that represents musicians of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera has signed a new 2-year contract that provides a 2 percent wage increase with no cuts in the size or scope of the orchestra.

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office said Monday that all 159 of the state's counties have been designated Camera Ready, a program that is the first of its kind in the nation and offers community-based assistance with film and television productions.

Former Ridgeland High School and Chattanooga State standout Jeremy Brotherton was promoted last week to interim head baseball coach at Georgia Perimeter College, after Brett Campbell took a scouting job with the Texas Rangers.

State Sen. Bo Watson, R-Chattanooga, will be the guest speaker Tuesday at the Marion County Republican Party's monthly meeting.

MONROE, Ga. — Federal authorities are investigating a small-plane crash in Walton County, Ga.

Charles Campbell has been appointed chief of cardiology for UT Erlanger Cardiology.

UTC's Teghan Henderson was the women's winner of Vanderbilt's Commodore Classic cross country meet Saturday morning at Percy Warner Park in Nashville.

DALTON, Ga. — Tracy Mardis has been named principal of Coahulla Creek High School, according to a news release.

Ewan Scott shot a 4-under-par 68 to lead the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's golf team to a third-place 286 in the first round Friday of the Tar Heel Intercollegiate tournament at Chapel Hill, N.C.

• IOS App Workshop Monday at 5:30 p.m. This is a beginner-level course for students age 12-18 and will take place at the Society of Work. For further information, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/app-workshop-ios-beginners-tickets-12612826303.

• Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam; noon CDT today, Grace Bible Church, 147 Main St. S., Dunlap, Tenn.; also 10 a.m. CDT Sunday, First Baptist Church, 106 Cumberland Ave., Pikeville, Tenn.; 5 p.m. Sunday, Mercy Missionary Baptist Church, 5456 Wassom Memorial Highway, Grandview, Tenn.; 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, John's Chapel, 5929 Old Dixie Highway, Spring City, Tenn.; 775-2806.

• The Riverside High School Class of 1966 will have a planning meeting today at 1 p.m. at the Veterans' Club, 2114 Wilder St. For more information, call Wilma Brown at 423 602-8332 or Louise Pruitt 423-255-7756.

A shooting was reported near the Bi-Lo on Brainerd Road at about 8:50 p.m. Friday night.

Bryan College opened Appalachian Athletic Conference volleyball play Thursday night with a 3-0 defeat of visiting Tennessee Wesleyan. Kara Stamper, the reigning AAC player of the week, had 10 kills in the 25-14, 25-19, 25-22 win, and Rachel Mosley and Ashley Mattoch each had seven.

It's that time of year with fall approaching, a much anticipated sport season kicking off.

The East Ridge High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its first 16 members at halftime of the Pioneers' football game on Sept. 19.

The American Quilter's Society kicked off one of the biggest conventions ever in Chattanooga in the first of three years the show will come to town.

Jensen Morgan is 25 years old, seven years removed from high school graduation and taking over the girls' basketball program at Ooltewah, his alma mater. He replaces Donnie Mullins, who stepped down

Tesla Motors has opened its first supercharger station in Tennessee at Chattanooga Airport.

East Ridge police have charged two people with the knifepoint robbery of an ATM customer.

Former Shenandoah University assistant coach David Jenkins is the new head baseball coach at Sewanee, athletic director Mark Webb announced Tuesday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., has been ranked as a "top tier" college in the 2015 "Best Colleges" edition of U.S. News & World Report.

DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — DeKalb County, Ala., authorities arrested nine people found at a Sunday house party on County Road 136 in the Painter community, where they found about 200 party-goers, many of them minors, according to a news release.

Lee University's women's golf team won the Smokey Mountain Intercollegiate golf tournament over the weekend in Sevierville, Tenn.

Orthopaedist Benjamin Miller has joined the medical staff of Parkridge Health System.

Pianist Harold Newman and clarinetist Jay M. Craven will perform in concert today at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Several Cleveland restaurants will be “Kickin’ It” this week to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, according to a news release.

• Entrepreneur Bookkeeping Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd.

On top of the Southern League Woman of Excellence honor announced Thursday for Morgan Billups, the Chattanooga Lookouts received Friday the Southern League Community Service Award.

• Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam; 7 p.m. CDT today; Bread of Life Mission, 281 W. Fourth St., Crossville, Tenn.; 775-2806.

B.J. Coleman is still known as a quarterback, but he also has taken on the mantle of coach while working as a volunteer assistant for Ralph Potter at McCallie.

For the ninth consecutive year, Site Selection magazine has ranked the Tennessee Valley Authority among its Top 10 North American utilities for economic development.

The Lee University men's soccer team will open its season tonight at 7 by hosting Tennessee Temple in the Olive Garden Invitational in Cleveland.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — A man who was lost and unable to climb out of Pettyjohn's Cave in Walker County on Wednesday was rescued, Walker County Fire Chief Randy Camp said.

A report of a child abduction around noon Tuesday turned out to be false, according to a Chattanooga Police Department news release.

Kelly Marcinek made 12 kills and Kristi Piedimonte had 32 assists as Kennesaw State defeated the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 3-0 in volleyball Tuesday night in Maclellan Gymnasium.

A new tavern-style restaurant has opened at 122 W. Main St. in Chattanooga's Southside, filling the space formerly occupied by Clyde's Auto Glass.

Six Covenant College athletes earned USA South honors for the first week of competition in their respective sports.

Dr. Mary Headrick will be the keynote speaker today at the Roane County Democratic Party's Labor Day picnic, according to a news release.

Gardner-Webb erupted for six second-half goals and beat the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 7-2 in women's soccer Sunday afternoon at Finley Stadium.

Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golfer Jordan Britt advanced to the second stage of LPGA Tour qualifying school Friday at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Sara McIntyre has been named the executive director at Crabtree Farms of Chattanooga.

Thursday league meet at Camp Jordan (2-mile)

TODAY AL MILLARD STOCKING FULL OF LOVE, Walker County Civic Center, Rock Spring, Ga., 7-10 p.m. $6 couples, $3 individuals, 1950s sock hop with music by Tommy Jett, Paul Smith and Jimmy Tawater, trophies for Best Dressed ’50s, Best Twist and Hula Hoop contests. 423-718-7651.

Grundy County, Tenn. — A single-vehicle crash in Grundy County, Tenn., caused the first road fatality of the Labor Day weekend for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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