News for Thursday, August 2, 2012




U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is shown winning the Republican primary for the 4th House District by getting 76 percent of the vote.

Jonathan Welch has won the District 2 seat on the Hamilton County Board of Education, despite a write-in effort from Mike Harvey.

Rhonda Thurman will keep her seat on the Hamilton County Board of Education.

Freshman U.S. Reps. Chuck Fleischmann of Chattanooga and Diane Black of Gallatin have prevailed in their hard-fought Republican primary campaigns.

Rhea County election officials say they are having computer problems and no voting results are available at this point.

For the first time in 12 years, Hamilton County residents had a choice for assessor of property, and they used the opportunity to re-elect incumbent Bill Bennett for a fifth term.

Chattanooga voters have overwhelmingly approved creating an independent city auditor position.

First-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican from Ooltewah, won the 3rd District Republican primary with close to 40 percent of the votes, according to Associated Press figures.

JoAnne Favors won today’s election with 3,957 votes in a newly-drawn district that pitted two black Democratic incumbents against one another in the primary election. Incumbent Tommie Brown got 1,514 votes.

Republican Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga was leading opponent Greg Vital by a slim 15 votes in their race for the Republican nomination for the state Senate District 10, unofficial election returns show.

Vote results from the Tennessee Secretary of State's Office and the Associated Press show different winners in the Republican primary for District 31 in the state house.

Rep. Richard Floyd, a Republican from Chattanooga, won with 90 percent of the votes the race against Basil Marceaux Sr. in the House District 27 GOP primary.

With almost 86 percent of the precincts reporting, attorney Gary Starnes is ahead in the race for the Hamilton County Sessions judge with 14,682 votes, while interim Judge David Norton follows with 8,857 votes.

With six of Bradley County’s 17 voting precincts reported, opposition to the proposed wheel tax remains at about 75 percent of the vote, according to the Bradley County Election Commission.

DULUTH, Ga. — Federal and local authorities say agents have seized more than 86 pounds of heroin in a major drug bust in suburban Atlanta.

KNOXVILLE — Three anti-war activists today entered not guilty pleas to misdemeanor trespassing charges after the U.S. government submitted a revised complaint — known as an "information" — for their alleged intrusion into the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant last Saturday.

In Cleveland, candidates and their campaign supporters are weathering the sun to wave at passing motorists in the hopes some of them are voters too.

EAST RIDGE, TN — Overnight storms caused damage throughout the Tennessee Valley. The Chattanooga Fire Department says it was busy all nights answering calls of downed power lines, but it seems East Ridge got more of it.

Despite its lopsided loss to Alabama in last January's BCS national title game, LSU will open the 2012 season ranked No. 1 in at least one poll.

Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley Thursday for his first individual gold of the London Olympics.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Voting was slow but steady through the lunch hour here today, according to Bradley County election officials.

BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner has reached a deal to sell the team to Tennessee truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam III, according to multiple reports.

In a 6 to 2 decision this morning, Chattanooga Beer Board members voted to suspend a downtown bar’s beer license for operating a disorderly place.

BEIRUT — Kofi Annan announced his resignation Thursday as Syria’s peace envoy and issued a blistering critique of world powers, bringing to a dramatic end a frustrating six-month effort that failed to achieve even a temporary cease-fire as the country plunged into civil war.

The Dixie Group, Inc., lost $404,000, or 3 cents per share, during the second quarter due primarily to a drop in commercial carpet sales and extra expenses preparing for new carpet lines coming out this summer.

Gang, sorry we didn't get back to the conversation Wednesday — we were meeting-rific and covered up with our TPS reports. So it goes, but there were some excellent responses to the Olympic Rushmore talk, and we liked McPell's idea for a winter and summer split.

The Chattanooga Fire Department reported it was kept busy last night answering calls on downed power lines and responding to two fires.

Two people were killed Wednesday afternoon in a car crash on North Lee Highway.

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week, though the data was likely skewed higher by seasonal factors.

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LONDON — Russia wants to knock your socks off. Denmark is stylish and sophisticated. Ireland is up for a party — on a budget.

TOKYO — Sony's red ink worsened in the April-June quarter and it lowered its full-year earnings forecast as it battles a strong yen and declining sales of liquid crystal display TVs and video game machines.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Aaron Sorkin is confronting critics of his HBO drama head on.

CHICAGO — A judge is set to decide Thursday whether to declare a mistrial and put an end to Drew Peterson's murder trial just days after it began, and legal experts say the ruling could result in the former suburban Chicago police sergeant going free, though that remains unlikely.

LONDON — It's time for Round 2 of Michael Phelps vs. Ryan Lochte.

MIAMI — The U.S. is locking up more illegal immigrants than ever, generating lucrative profits for the nation's largest prison companies, and an Associated Press review shows the businesses have spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers and contributing to campaigns.

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WASHINGTON — Thousands of Medicaid health care service providers still got paid by the government even though they owed hundreds of millions of dollars in federal taxes, congressional investigators say. A legal technicality is making it harder for the IRS to collect.

LOS ANGELES — More than three years after Michael Jackson’s death, his youngest brother continues to raise questions about the validity of the pop superstar’s will.

WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. — The Oglala Sioux Tribe occupies a seemingly prime piece of South Dakota — a vast, scenic reservation that stands near a crossroads for tourists visiting Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, the historic Old West town of Deadwood and other popular sites.

When it comes to Michael Phelps, the answer seems obvious with just a cursory glance of the medals table. The guy has won 15 golds — “insane,” says Serena Williams, who certainly knows a thing or two about winning — and now he’s got more total Olympic medals than anyone, with a few more races to extend the record into almost unfathomable territory before he’s done in London.

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The Rev. Melvin Ellis of Memphis will climb into his familiar position at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday and preach. A year ago, his heart wouldn't have allowed it.

Marc Michael has had several jobs, including working for a research facility and as an entertainment editor. In college, he studied physics and botany before getting a degree in literature.

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I'm usually the one who brings the potato chips to potlucks. I wouldn't describe myself as the least domestic of women.

Q: I have a lot of loose, sagging skin at the front of my neck under my chin. What can be done to improve the appearance of this area?

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Members of BlueCross who go to Memorial hospital since contract negotiations failed between the parties may well pay more out-of-pocket costs, according to officials from both sides and national experts.

In today's elections, The Times has made the following endorsements.

NASHVILLE — After a record turnout for early voting and millions of dollars shelled out for often-negative ads, Tennessee voters get their say today on which Democratic and Republican nominees will be in races this fall for seats in the state Legislature, U.S. House and U.S. Senate.

Chattanooga-based Unum Group beat Wall Street estimates in the second quarter by three cents per share, posting after-tax operating income of $225.3 million, or 79 cents per share.

KNOXVILLE — When the going got tough last season, Tennessee's football team got going in the wrong direction.

Dalton, Ga., lost more jobs than any other U.S. metropolitan area in the past year as the self-described Carpet Capital failed to match the recession rebound in most of the country.

The Mocs will begin their 2012-13 season against a college basketball behemoth

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the receiving numbers of Texas A&M's Ryan Swope.

The email sounded a wee bit suspicious.

The Chick-fil-A on Gunbarrel Road made a day's worth of sales by the end of lunch Wednesday.

Over the past two weeks, the Free Press editorial page made a series of endorsements in preparation for today’s election.

Police are investigating Red Bank's first homicide of the year after a state representative's father-in-law was gunned down in a robbery over the weekend and died Wednesday morning.

A straw poll in Tuesday's primary election showed about 71 percent of Dade County voters favor dedicating a fixed portion of property taxes to help support the library.

On Wednesday evening, the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration's industry inspector group came out swinging at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's effort to decertify SHOW — Sound Horses, Honest Judging, Objective Inspections, Winning Fairly.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A new playground, designed to be inclusive for every child's physical abilities, opened here Monday.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bridgett C. Burris, a second-grade teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School, is this year's recipient of the Lillie F. Fitzgerald Excellence in Teaching Award.

Find polling places and voter ID requirements for Tennessee's elections here.

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Two of three automakers with Tennessee assembly plants posted sales gains in the U.S. in July, with Volkswagen hitting its best mark for the month since 1973.

One of the oldest homes on Lookout Mountain is getting a new owner.

As CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Vicky Gregg heads an insurance giant that collects billions of dollars a year from employers and individuals to pay health care claims for more than 3 million Tennesseans.

Forget memorizing formulas, times tables and equations. A new set of math standards will require Tennessee students to fully master the why and how of math concepts as opposed to just coming up with the right answer.

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Johnny Hellweg, Daniel Meadows and former Ringgold High School standout Kyle Heckathorn combined to one-hit Chattanooga as Huntsville beat the Lookouts 5-1 on Wednesday to square the series at two games apiece.

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Memorial Hospital officials claim their breakdown in contract talks with BlueCross BlueShield is a "fairness" issue.

Republican state Senate candidate Greg Vital today refuted a Chattanooga Free Press editorial that said he “used his personal wealth to intimidate” candidates and would-be candidates from entering the 10th District race. “I never intimidated anyone,” Vital said.

About three dozen people slid into the pews of the small courtroom, folding their hands and craning their necks to look at prosecutors standing in the front, holding up a large stack of paper citations.

Hamilton County commissioners voted Wednesday to clear the county mayor to spend $555,500 for seven acres adjacent to Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School for a future replacement school.

Tennessee officials are asking for input on what kind of essential health benefits residents would like to see in insurance plans offered under the federal health care law.

Forty-three voters decided the outcome of North Georgia's Lookout Mountain district attorney's race.

Adding to election day confusion of road construction and the World's Longest Yard Sale, Sequatchie County, Tenn., voters in some districts must cast ballots today according to old district lines because of 2010 redistricting and overlapping County Commission terms.

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The Chattanooga police and Crime Stoppers are looking for information on an April burglary at Gollywhoppers, 6337 East Brainerd Road.

The Double Cola Co. is expanding its distribution in Georgia under an agreement reached with Gusto Brands Inc. in LaGrange, Ga.

The youth movement continues in the Chattanooga Women's Amateur.

I found the July 25 school board election editorials interesting.

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