published Monday, December 31st, 2012

Encore Program open to seniors and other news from areas around Chattanooga

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    Ellie Pfahl, Lee University's director of community relations, is also the coordinator of the Encore Program. She has been reviewing the program this week with former students who drop in at her office for early registration. Registration includes course descriptions and a student identification.
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Encore Program open to seniors

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Lee University's Encore Program for people age 60 and up has a slate of new mini-courses for spring, according to a university news release.

Classes offered include Introduction to Fitness for the Encore Years; More than Western Movies; French for Fun!; America in the Post-War World; Hand Built Ceramics; The Book of Habakkuk; Our Appalachian Heritage; Blogs and Blogging, Estate Planning 101; and Computer for Beginners I, II, III, IV, according to the release.

Fast-track registration is 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 10 and Jan. 14 in the Higginbotham Administration Building.

For class fees, times and other information, visit or contact Ellie Pfahl at 423-614-8598 or

Bullets fired into apartments

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Police say nobody was injured when somebody fired gunshots into three units at a Huntsville apartment complex.

WAFF-TV reported police were called about the gunfire at the Capri Apartments after 7 p.m. Saturday.

Police said they found bullet holes inside two apartments that were occupied by tenants when the shots were fired. A third apartment damaged by gunfire was unoccupied.

No arrests have been reported.

Company hits milestone

MEMPHIS — A Tennessee producer of sustainable feedstock has hit an important milestone by delivering its product to a plant in western Kentucky.

Officials say Delta BioRenewables, of Memphis, delivered a commercial-sized batch of sweet sorghum juice this month to the Commonwealth Agri-Energy plant in Hopkinsville, Ky. The machines that turn corn into ethanol at the plant were used to make ethanol from sweet sorghum.

Pete Nelson, co-founder of BioDimensions and business development director, told the Memphis Daily News the company is looking to use sorghum to supplement corn. He said sorghum is drought tolerant and would make a good rotation crop.

Police chase ends with 2 dead

CARROLLTON, Ala. — Alabama State Troopers are investigating a police chase that ended in a head-on crash that killed two people in the fleeing vehicle.

The crash happened Saturday on state Highway 17 in Pickens County.

WBRC-TV reported a Carrollton police officer attempted to pull over a car that sped away. Police Chief Anthony Durram said his officers were calling off the chase when the fleeing car struck another head-on.

Sgt. Steve Jarrett of the Alabama State Troopers told the crash killed the driver and a passenger in the fleeing car. He said two other people were taken to Pickens County Medical Center.

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