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A regional planning effort trying to plot strategy for the 16-county area for the next 40 years has gotten its first funding from outside of Hamilton County.

Both University of Tennessee at Chattanooga cross country teams were picked to finish second behind Furman in the Southern Conference this season.

The Baylor soccer tournament is set for this Friday and Saturday at both the host school and Girls Preparatory School, and of the four local programs participating in the event, three will be in their first weekend with new head coaches.

The Chattanooga-made Volkswagen Passat sedan was picked as one of KBB.Com’s 10 most confortable cars under $30,000.

Local radio and television personalities will take part in a special race this Saturday night at Boyd's Speedway, with instruction from former Late Model national champion Dale McDowell.

Chattanooga Mayor and former Democratic state senator Andy Berke today will endorse Lenda Sherrell for the 4th Congressional District seat.

CapitalMark Bank & Trust has added Julie McLain to its wealth and trust department.

The Bryan College and Tennessee Temple men's soccer teams begin official 2013-14 athletic competition for area colleges Thursday night at 7 at Bryan's field in Dayton.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday that President Barack Obama has declared 18 counties, including Marion, Sequatchie and Bledsoe, federal disaster areas due to storms that swept the state in June.

In addition to Clynt Bell from Dade County and fellow freshman guard Deshawn Ruffin from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla. ‚— both of whose signings were previously reported — Dalton State men's basketball coach Tony Ingle introduced four transfers this week as part of his second Roadrunners roster.

• Messy Church; interactive worship experience for families, come casual and bring a towel because you might get wet; 7-9:30 p.m. tonight, Aug. 23; Bowman Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church, 300 Westview Drive NE, Cleveland, Tenn.; free meal, door prizes, crafts and games; 472-6231 or facebook.com/events/228285917380488.

• Government contracting workshops Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior midfielder Crystal Mackezyk was voted to the 11-player preseason All-Southern Conference team for women's soccer, and the Mocs were picked to finish 10th out of 11 teams in the coaches' poll released Thursday.

A home invasion and attempted burglary led to shots being fired in Catoosa County on Friday.

NASHVILLE — For a man who might want to be president, Bob Corker has been notably absent from the parade of Republican hopefuls that has marched into Iowa this month.

Dalton State College will be dedicating the renovated court of Bandy Gymnasium in honor of Melvyn Ottinger on Sept. 5 during the 7 p.m. volleyball match against Brewton-Parker.

NASHVILLE — People living in the Conasauga and Ocoee River watersheds are invited to an event at 5 p.m. today at the Ocoee Whitewater Center aimed at helping them connect, share information, develop relationships and collaborate with others making contributions to water quality.

Bill Butler celebrated his first hole-in-one on Aug. 2 at Council Fire. It was on No. 14, playing 155 yards, and he used a 6-iron with Charlie Mason, Scott Johnson and Bill Harris as witnesses.

The nation's second-biggest health insurer, Wellpoint, said Tuesday that it will change its name to Anthem Inc., the brand associated with most of the company's best known health plans.

A reunion of former area Golden Gloves boxers went so well last year that another is being held on Aug. 23 at the Henry Luken Arena in Red Bank.

The East Brainerd development proposed by local contractor Sam Issa for the 9700 block of East Brainerd Road was delayed again at Monday's planning commission meeting to let community leaders and organizers round up residents and talk about the project.

ALTAMONT, Tenn. — Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Monday held on to his slender 35-vote margin over GOP primary challenger Jim Tracy after Grundy County Election Commission members sorted through provisional ballots in a contest that's been too close to call.

Third baseman Daniel Mayora has been a big factor in the Chattanooga Lookouts' nine-game winning streak, and Monday he was honored as the Southern League player of the week.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Work to replace the bridge and interchange at exit 20 on Interstate 75 in Cleveland is requiring the highway lanes to be closed on some nights this month.

Shaw Industries Group Inc., has won several industry honors recognizing its product portfolio, leading edge design, sustainability leadership and customer service from resident flooring and commercial industry publications.

Daniel Hamilton of Collegedale won the Still Hollow Trail Race half marathon Saturday morning at the Enterprise South Nature Park with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 26 seconds.

Incumbents in Bledsoe’s sheriff and county mayor races were a mixed bag against their foes on Thursday’s ballot.

Germantown's Tim Jackson, a member of The Honors Course in Ooltewah, won the Tennessee State Amateur golf championship for the sixth time Friday — and the second time in three years.

• Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam; 11 a.m. Sunday; Summer City Church of God, 2621 Kiuka Road, Dayton, Tenn.; also 6 p.m. Sunday, Wolf Creek Baptist Church, 9225 Wolf Creek Road, Spring City, Tenn.; 775-2806.

• 82nd Airborne Association: Collegedale City Hall pavilion beside Imagination Station playground, 4910 Swinyar Drive off Apison Pike, Collegedale, 6 p.m., Alvin C. York chapter holds annual summer picnic, all airborne paratroopers and their families invited. 423-432-2715.

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

Incumbents in Bledsoe’s sheriff and county mayor races were a mixed bag against their foes on Thursday’s ballot.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster picked up another piece for his team Thursday with the addition of Jacksonville University guard Queen Alford.

Hamilton County Lt. Rick Hamrick will retire Sept. 1, according to the sheriff's department. Hamrick was suspended with pay on June 10 while the department investigated allegations that he purchased unauthorized meals for himself and others using taxpayer money.

Volkswagen's $6.68 billion cost-cutting plan has suffered a major setback after labor leaders forced management to ax detailed proposals drawn up by consultants, sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Lee University golfer Taylor Davis holds a two-stroke lead Wednesday after two rounds of the 99th annual Tennessee Amateur golf tournament at Memphis Country Club.

Follow LIVE updates from Times Free Press reporters as election results come in.

The Super Bowl TV ad that launched the Chattanooga-made Volkswagen Passat has fallen from its perch as the most shared spot of all time, according to Adweek.

A 5 year-old child was hit by a vehicle at 2549 Glass St. about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Chattanooga police responded to the scene and said that the child suffered minor injuries.

The United Auto Workers has plans to select an election committee for its Chattanooga local union on Aug. 19, says a UAW newsletter.

Tusculum College wide receiver Justin Houston from Bradley Central and Carson-Newman sophomore defensive back Dante' Thomas from Dalton were among the first-team preseason All-South Atlantic Conference football players announced Tuesday, and Carson-Newman senior receiver Anthony Eubanks — son of the former Tennessee Temple basketball star of the same name — was a second-team choice.

A three-judge labor panel has ordered Tennessee American Water and other American Water subsidiaries to pay back higher health care premiums and other benefits charged over the past three and a half years to about 3,200 utility workers, including more than 70 represented by Utility Workers Union of America Local 121 in Chattanooga.

New season-ticket buyers for University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball games can pick where they will sit in McKenzie Arena at a "select-a-seat party" Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Georgia is one of the visiting teams in the 2014-15 season, which also includes the four-team Battle 4 Atlantis on Nov. 26-27.

The Tennessee Forum, a group working to oust three state Supreme Court justices in Thursday's election, last week linked spending by the three to "Washington, D.C., Democrats."

Chattanooa attorney Randall D. Larramore has been elected president of Paty, Rymer & Ulin, P.C., which has now changed its name to Paty, Rymer, Ulin & Larramore, P.C.

It's been a great summer for Chris Robb after ending his University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golf career with All-America honorable mention.

A South Pittsburg, Tenn., native living in Vail, Colo., was killed in the aftermath of a car crash there Friday, a local newspaper reported.

ROSSVILLE — Ridgeland High School's Rhythm of the Ridges Band has been invited to march in the 95th annual Veterans Day parade in New York City in November and is raising money for the trip.

• Women Entrepreneurs Symposium, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleishmann, R-Tenn., is the honorary chairperson and the event will feature female entrepreneurs and mentors. Sloane Scott of FLO Thinkery as keynote speaker.

• He’ll Do It Again Benefit Concert for school supplies for the Carlene Institute for English in the Dominican Republic; 7 p.m. tonight; Orchard Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, 951 N. Orchard Knob Ave.; free but offering taken; call Carlene Francis at 347-353-6309.

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