published Friday, March 26th, 2010

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Chattooga River body identified

Authorities say the man whose body was found in the Chattooga River on March 12 was Taty Stivey.

Mr. Stivey had been reported missing in Floyd County, Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett said.

A Lyerly resident found the body. The identification took time because of extensive decomposition, authorities said.

Floyd County law officers will investigate the cause of death, Sheriff Everett said.

LaFAYETTE, Ga.

School board sets called meeting

The Walker County Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. today for a called meeting to discuss a school improvement grant and personnel.

The meeting is at the Walker County Board of Education, 201 S. Duke St., LaFayette, Ga.

The board will hold a planning session April 13 and a regular meeting April 19. Both are set for 6 p.m.

CLEVELAND, Tenn.

Great Strides will be held Saturday

The Cleveland 2010 Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis and the 65 Roses 5K Road Race will be held Saturday on the Lee University campus.

Proceeds benefit the CF Foundation, event co-chairwoman Vanessa Hammond said.

The road race begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. The route will travel throughout Cleveland's historic downtown. Registration begins at 7 a.m. for the run begins and 9 a.m. for the walk.

Cystic fibrosis is a complex genetic disease that destroys patients' lungs. It affects 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. There is no cure.

The national event raised $35 million last year. The Cleveland community has raised more than $364,000 for CF research in the past nine years.

For more information, call walk coordinator Rosie Holsinger at 614-8406, or visit www.leeuniversity.edu/cf to register online.

JAMESTOWN, Tenn.

State shedding York Institute

All employees of the Alvin C. York Institute in Jamestown are being laid off as part of the state budget process.

Tennessee Department of Education spokeswoman Amanda Maynord Anderson said the state is handing off the 600-student school to the Fentress County public school system.

Notices were being mailed out today as part of more than 850 layoffs across state government. Anderson said 94 filled positions are being eliminated at the school.

The state has funded the school's operation for decades. Anderson says the state's contribution will now fall from $5.5 million annually to about $3.2 million.

Anderson said the employees were getting three months' notice that their state jobs were being eliminated. Each will get about $3,200 severance and tuition credit.

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