published Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Region Digest: 911 tapes tell story of home attack

DULUTH, Ga.

Tapes tell story of home attack

Tapes from 911 recount a dramatic attack as a woman shot and killed a knife-wielding intruder who police say attacked her in her home near Duluth.

“I shot him as much as I could,” said the woman, who killed the man with a .22-caliber firearm.

Police said she shot the man nine times. They said he ran out of a back door and collapsed in her yard, according to WSB-TV reports on the tapes, released Wednesday by Gwinnett County authorities.

Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said the woman was getting out of the shower May 11 when the intruder turned out the lights and attacked her.

CLEVELAND, Tenn.

Storm cleanup listed for week

A list of neighborhoods where storm debris cleanup crews are working this week was announced Wednesday by the Bradley County mayor’s office.

The list for this week, through Saturday, includes Archer/Fairview; Cherry/Young streets; Fairview/Pine Drive; Old Alabama/Chattanooga highway; Pinecrest/Cedar Avenue; Greystone Lane/Brookhollow Drive; Valley Hills Trail/Woodville and two crews in Overbrook Circle.

Crews will make two passes through the areas to be sure residents have had time to move all debris to the rights-of-way.

Maifest celebrates links to Germany

Maifest 2011, a celebration of all things German, will be at Spring Creek Town Center on Saturday.

The festival includes traditional, Bavarian and contemporary music, food and drink; games and entertainment.

The festival benefits the Montessori Educational and Cultural Foundation and the Ocoee Region Multicultural Services. This year, Maifest also supports local disaster relief organizations that provide help to people affected by the April 27 tornadoes in Bradley County.

While many American communities with a significant German population celebrate Oktoberfest, local organizers said Cleveland’s Germans are from the Burghausen area in southeast Bavaria, which has an annual May celebration.

RINGGOLD, Ga.

1890s jamboree rolls as scheduled

Ringgold will hold its annual 1890s Day Jamboree on Memorial Day weekend despite the damage from the April 27 tornadoes, city leaders say.

“Ringgold needs this event to continue as scheduled, so that we can continue to grow stronger and closer as a community,” event coordinator Ronal Graham said in a news release. “It’s a great opportunity for us to be proud of how our community has responded thus far in a terrible situation.”

1890s Day 2011 is focused on drawing strength from the rich history of the city, and using that as encouragement to rebuild it better than ever, the release stated.

The festival will feature more than 100 booths with food, arts, crafts and vendors; live music; contests and pageants; a parade; and a classic car show. Admission is free.

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