published Monday, December 24th, 2012

Hudson named board attorney and other news from the areas around Chattanooga

Hudson named board attorney

DUNLAP, Tenn. — Attorney Sam Hudson has been appointed board attorney of the agency that operates the local Head Start program, according to a news release.

Hudson's appointment was announced during the December meeting of the Sequatchie Valley Planning and Development Agency by the chairman, Dunlap Mayor Dwain Land.

"We picked a good meeting to get Sam on board," Land said.

Hudson is a graduate of the University of Tennessee law school and West Point, and he currently serves on the board of the Sequatchie County school system.


Woman found dead in home

NASHVILLE — Authorities are investigating the death of a Dickson County woman who was found dead in her bed Saturday, as well as the attempted suicide of her husband.

According to WTVF-TV, the woman's name has not been released.

Officials say her husband, Morris Long Jr., 23, stepped into traffic on Interstate 40 near the suburb of Bellevue on Saturday morning and was hit by a truck.

Long was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center but authorities said his injuries were not life-threatening.

Long is being investigated by authorities in Dickson County. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigating is looking into both incidents.


8 gun traffickers sentenced

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Eight people have been sentenced in federal court on charges they participated in a gun trafficking scheme that allowed firearms to get into the hands of a Mexican drug cartel.

The eight defendants were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn in federal court in Huntsville.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said the weapons included three sniper rifles and various assault rifles.

Blackburn sentenced Gary Lee Madison to almost five years in prison. The others' sentences ranged from six months in prison to probation.

Vance said 19 of the firearms were recovered by the Mexican Army after they had gotten into the hands of Los Zetas, a drug cartel.


Thousands attend meal in park

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Thousands of homeless and working poor showed up in a Savannah park for the Feed the Hungry Christmas Dinner.

The Savannah Morning News reported it was the first time the event had been held in a downtown Savannah park. One of the organizers, the Rev. Carl Gilliard, said he hoped the event would bring recognition to the large number of homeless in the Savannah area.

Those who signed up for a meal also received a bag of produce. Gilliard said those who came to the dinner will be monitored and offered services to help them.

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