News for Saturday, January 14, 2012




Alex Smith completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with 9 seconds left just after Drew Brees had put the high-powered Saints ahead, and the resurgent San Francisco 49ers capitalized on five New Orleans turnovers for a thrilling 36-32 playoff victory Saturday.

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Since before Achilles dragged Hector’s body around the walls of Troy in the 12th century B.C., warriors have been desecrating the corpses of their vanquished enemies, whether to send a message or exact revenge.

Darius Miller made two free throws and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added another in the final 20 seconds and No. 2 Kentucky beat Tennessee 65-62 on Saturday.

Bulldogs earned their first SoCon win

NEW YORK — Out of a relatively balmy winter have sprung some economic surprises. People have more cash in their pockets because they aren’t turning up the thermostat. Airlines don’t have to de-ice planes or battle blizzards. And shoppers are finding great deals on coats and boots.

Tennessee's eight-point second-half lead vanished in a 65-62 home loss to second-ranked Kentucky thanks to a six-minute drought.

LAS VEGAS — Cheaper tablets, thinner laptops and an array of sleeker TVs stood out at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

WASHINGTON — A sign that Europe’s crisis has begun to weigh on the U.S. economy emerged Friday from a report that exports to the continent sank in November — far more than overall U.S. exports did.

Tennessee has its new defensive coordinator. That doesn't mean the Volunteers will run an entirely new defense next season, though.

Maybe it was just the wording. But when headlined its story on the University of Tennessee's new defensive coordinator -- "Vols hire Sunseri away from Alabama" -- it felt like the UT football program had finally gotten the better of the Crimson Tide for the first time since 2006, the year before Nick Saban took over Houndstooth Heaven.

There's no debating that the Tim Tebow overkill has dominated sports news to such a point of saturation that there's a real possibility ESPN has just started an hourlong special "Tebow: Boxers or Briefs?"

If a builder's warranty, shiny appliances, custom upgrades and low maintenance are high on your list, a new house is the way to go.

Rodney Billingsley worries the customer stream to his shoe store may dry up after the neighboring Food Lion closes in February. M&J Shoes on Wilcox Boulevard has been getting by.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, recognizing the difficulty of producing nuclear power for a population skittish after Japan’s 2011 reactor disaster and increasingly wary of the dangers, is taking steps to “demystify” the process.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday he wants to increase state grants to lure businesses like Audi to the Volunteer State.

Michelle Crutch came to the Chattanooga Housing Authority hopeful for housing. Nearly an hour later, she left in tears.

Can a Democrat running for U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleisch-mann's seat raise $250,000 in two weeks? Chattanooga businessman Bill Taylor gave it a whirl Friday, sending nearly 400 people a letter focused on big money.

Four Bradley County families have been able to recover jewelry and electronics they thought they'd never see again after officials arrested a man they say is connected to a slew of break-ins.

Whitney Hood scored a season-high 24 points and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team held off Wofford 74-67 on Friday night at McKenzie Arena.

Tennessee lawmakers gave final approval Friday to Republican-drawn political boundaries for all 99 state House districts, 33 state Senate districts and nine congressional districts.

The Public Library has a new executive director. Corinne Hill, interim director of the Dallas Public Library in Texas, has accepted a position as the permanent executive director at the Public Library.

The first time Cpl. Cory Smith ran for 20 miles was the first day of his planned 650-mile run from Fort Benning, Ga., to Indianapolis.

A legislative proposal to ditch the state-mandated teacher pay scale isn't a move aimed at hurting teachers, Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday.

For years, the Ford Focus has soldiered on with the same basic body style and mechanics, while other automakers zoomed ahead developing small cars for the fast lane.

The way things went at the start of Friday's District 5-A high school basketball game at Grace Academy, the Golden Eagles' Stephen Record appeared to be on, well, a record-setting scoring pace.

One of the alarming things about our nation's colossal debt is how casually we have come to speak of the trillions of dollars we owe, as if it were no worse than spending a bit too much on a credit card.

Chattanooga police say a man who was shot Thursday and is in critical condition was involved in another shooting three years ago in which a bullet broke the bedroom window of a sleeping child.

In the hours before the car crash that took her life, Gail Palmgren called Signal Mountain police to inform them that she and her children were returning home from Alabama, where she was having a "timeout" from her husband, 911 recordings show.

There's a challenge somewhere in the trip the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team is making this weekend. There also is a purpose. Coach Heath Eslinger always has a purpose.

The chairman of a Senate committee says he’s against changes to the state’s Open Meetings Act he believes would prevent transparency and undermine the public’s trust in government.

After being sued for creating rules in secret, a state commission on Friday rescinded a policy that directed local jailers to check the immigration status of detainees.

The state’s improving financial outlook could mean a modest funding increase for Georgia’s judiciary after years of bruising budget battles that turned the judicial branch into a favorite target of lawmakers seeking to slash spending.

Out of a relatively balmy winter have sprung some economic surprises. People have more cash in their pockets because they aren’t turning up the thermostat. Airlines don’t have to de-ice planes or battle blizzards.

According to Consumer Reports, members of the public are a very easy target for thieves. This week’s and next week’s columns will center upon the tactics (most of which are very simple errors on our part) we should use to protect ourselves against criminal activities.

Chattanoogans are shelling out less cold cash to pay their winter heating bills this year. The typical Chattanooga Gas Co. residential customer paid $21 less to heat his or her home last month than a year ago due to above-average temperatures and falling natural gas prices in December.

After more than 58 years filling Chattanooga's gas pumps, Benton Oil is no more. In the past few years, market demand for low-priced gas pushed margins so low that to stay profitable, company President Ross Benton either had to expand or sell.

A team of Washington, D.C.-based lawyers is joining Occupy Chattanooga's attorney in the group's legal fight against the Hamilton County Commission in federal court.

Chattanooga police still were searching Friday night for a man who escaped a search for him at the Volkswagen auto assembly plant at Enterprise South industrial park.

Charleston officials say they are awaiting final approval of plans to annex to the southwest and have received several requests to annex more areas farther west and south of the Bradley County city.

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The hope thus far this season for Howard coach Walter McGary was that his Hustlin' Tigers would eventually be able to become the basketball team that he envisions they can be. Friday night became a huge step in that process.

Northwest Georgia's three participants in the GHSA Wrestling Dual State Championship each made it to the semifinals Friday in Macon.

We may tend to believe that large businesses, in particular, are just naturally successful and profitable. But that couldn’t be further from the reality. Businesses of all sizes must compete in an often harsh economic environment.

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This was one Friday the 13th that was filled with anything but horror. Georgia's hopes for a special 2012 football season intensified Friday afternoon when several junior defenders announced they were staying for their final college season.

Nash Nance is trading his Tennessee orange for the green of the Ivy League. The former Calhoun (Ga.) High School quarterback was one of the handful of Volunteers who UT coach Derek Dooley announced Friday would not return to the program.

Once again, Communist North Korea is hinting that it may be open to halting its nuclear weapons production in exchange for more favorable treatment by the United States and other nations -- as well as more shipments of food to sustain the belligerent but impoverished nation.

Zaccheus Mason clearly is new to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball team.

There was obvious frustration during a recent hearing in Chattanooga on the proposed closing of three local post offices -- in Alton Park, East Brainerd and Highland Park. The facilities could close by June as part of the Postal Service's effort to stem its huge losses of the past few years.

With alarming frequency, our nation's courts have twisted the meaning of the First Amendment to the Constitution to deny—rather than guarantee—religious liberty.

As temperatures plunged to below-freezing levels this week, requests for emergency heating assistance are streaming into Chattanooga's Salvation Army.

Rugby is not for everybody, but almost every body is good for rugby, according to Kirk Neubauer, the player-coach of Chattanooga's 34-year-old club for the rough-and-tumble sport.

Having broken the teacher's union, pushed through an excessively partisan and punitive voter ID law, and taken away planning assistance from rural counties last year, Gov. Bill Haslam's legislative agenda for the new year seems almost moderate.

States should aid efforts to get ID


On Monday, citizens around the country will step out to volunteer for the 26th annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

The Chattanooga chapter of Children's International Summer Village is accepting applications through Feb. 1 for its global summer programs.

Twelve arts projects were awarded a total of $13,524 in grant funds through Allied Arts and Arts Build Communities.

Enrichment * Bryan College, 721 Bryan Drive, Dayton, Tenn.; 10 a.m. Friday; "Ethnic Diversity and the Kingdom of God: Oneness Embraced," public presentation by Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas and president of The Urban Alter

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Betsy Grafe got started arranging flowers through her church. They had planned, she said, to use silk flowers on the altar, and that just seemed unacceptable.

Lisa Underwood Magro said she feels led to write for people, including some teenagers from Maine her pastor recently told her about.

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