News for Wednesday, September 12, 2012




The Tennessee Court of Appeals has struck down an effort to recall Mayor Ron Littlefield after a two-year court battle.

A Ringgold woman last seen at her home has now been missing almost a week.

Since Johnson Audiology was founded three years ago, the practice has made significant strides in offering the Chattanooga and North Georgia area innovative hearing aid technology.

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His peers have selected Bradley County Schools Superintendent Johnny McDaniel as the 2013 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year.

NEW YORK — Authorities say workers at New York’s Kennedy International Airport stole 100,000 mini liquor bottles, as well as duty-free items such as larger bottles of liquor, perfume and cigarettes.

A drug-money trafficking investigation last year led to the the Whitfield County sheriff’s department receiving over $800,000 this week, Sheriff Scott Chitwood said.

CHATTANOOGA, TN -- Investigators with the Chattanooga Police Department's Homicide Unit have arrested 24 year-old LeMario Rashard Branham for the murder of Kenyeta Tramble.

Numerous homes and businesses lost power this morning when a squirrel shorted out lines in a power station near Sewanee, Tenn., according to TVA officials.

Two southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Whitfield County will be closed overnight for bridge repairs, according to a news release.

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple on Wednesday revealed that the new iPhone 5 will be in stores in the U.S. and several other countries on Sept. 21.

A 50-year-old Alabama man has been arrested on marijuana charges, officials said.

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - More than 50 Lukoil gas stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania were jacking up prices to more than $8 a gallon Wednesday to protest what they say are unfair pricing practices by Lukoil North America that they say leave them at a competitive disadvantage.

WASHINGTON - The Census Bureau reports the number of Americans in poverty stood at 15 percent in 2011.

WASHINGTON - A high-tech overhaul to the nation's air traffic control system is mostly on track to completion, but has yet to produce the benefits that airlines and passengers were told to expect, federal investigators say.

Two groups have planned separate events to support Republican candidates in November's general election.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned attacks on a U.S. consulate in eastern Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three American members of his staff. He ordered increased security at U.S. diplomatic posts around the world.

With predictions of stronger hurricanes in years to come, and constant interruptions to the supply chain due to a variety of catastrophes, businesses large and small should revisit their risk management program that includes supply chain coverage.

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  • By David Colmans

An anonymous donor put up $5,000 for information leading to an arrest after the Aug. 24 shooting of two employees at Fred’s Super Dollar store in Rainsville, officials said.

Let's cut the small talk — and we'll get back to other matters including the Fab 4 (plus 1) picks on Thursday. Today, we're unloading the notebook on UT-Florida. Buckle up. And remember Friday's mailbag, we have a spot open.

WASHINGTON - If the world's investors are right, the Federal Reserve is about to take a bold new step to try to invigorate the U.S. economy.

NEW YORK - After wrapping up a decent back-to-school shopping season, merchants are expected to see healthy sales gains for the critical winter holidays, though the pace should be slightly below last year, according to one of the first forecasts issued for the holiday sales season.

CHATTANOOGA - An elderly man escaped serious injury when his vehicle was hit by a train.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday (times EDT):

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Less than a year after going public, the digital production company founded by director James Cameron has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and agreed to sell the core of its business to a private investment firm for $15 million.

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hasn't enjoyed seeing his company's stock get pummeled on Wall Street this summer, but he is relishing the opportunity to prove his critics wrong.

NEW YORK — After weeks of speculation, anticipation and a dose of hype, Apple is widely expected to announce a new smartphone at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday.

LOS ANGELES — An Israeli filmmaker based in California went into hiding Tuesday after his movie attacking Islam's prophet Muhammad sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya, where one American was killed.

NEW YORK — Bob Dylan says the stigma of slavery ruined America and he doubts the country can get rid of the shame because it was "founded on the backs of slaves."

LONDON — At the King Ecgbert School in Sheffield, teens who go to the loo are never really alone — video cameras are inside all 12 bathrooms.

TRIPOLI, Libya - The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American members of his staff were killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad, Libyan officials said Wednesday.

CHICAGO — As Chicago teachers walked the picket lines for a second day, they were joined by many of the very people who are most inconvenienced by their strike: the parents who must now scramble to find a place for children to pass the time or for babysitters.

U.S. troops are still in Afghanistan, nearly 11 years after they invaded. Why? The answer boils down to one word: al-Qaida.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney declared a fleeting truce for partisan digs Tuesday as the nation remembered the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but campaign politics crackled through even their somber observances.

A Marion County farm recently won a really cheesy prize.

I finally got around to ordering from The Honest Pint, and I wish I'd been by long before this.

This year's RiverRocks festival, celebrating the great outdoors, is officially scheduled to start on Oct. 5, but Chattanooga's cycling enthusiasts will give it a jump-start with the Bike2Farm Ride on Sept. 29.

UTC officials' decision to end the practice of offering a public prayer before football games and replace it with a moment of silence is correct, even if it angers some individuals and community groups who wrongly interpret the First Amendment.

How could you, as the editor of the conservative editorial page, commend District 7 City Council candidate Chris Anderson for stating publicly that he's gay?

The newest housing addition to Alton Park is taking longer to finish than developers first planned, but backers of the 88-unit apartment complex insist it will provide needed rental housing when it is ready for occupancy next month.

This nation's historical march toward fairer elections may well be stymied this November by two deplorable phenomena.

Chattanooga's top tourism promoter wants renewed investment on sports and riverfront infrastructure to continue 10 straight years of growth in the industry.

Monsters. That's what Georgia State coach Bill Curry called Tennessee's wide receivers last Saturday following the Volunteers' 51-13 victory. And he meant it as a compliment.

KNOXVILLE -- For Tyler Bray, it's simply another football game.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Senior cornerback Sanders Commings has rejoined Georgia's veteran defense and is eager to play Saturday night when the No. 7 Bulldogs host Florida Atlantic.

Baylor tried a new lineup in its TSSAA Division II-AA East/Middle Region volleyball match at GPS. It had nothing to do with strategy and everything to do with necessity.

Steve Spurrier coached Florida to six Southeastern Conference football championships and one national title nearly a generation ago, while Urban Meyer more recently guided the Gators to two national championships in a three-year stretch.

Chattanooga City Councilman Andraé McGary skipped a City Council meeting Tuesday to campaign for state Senate, missing 14 votes and a citizen's complaint about a housing project in his district.

A Middle Tennessee State University freshman who died Monday is suspected of having meningitis, and health officials want anyone who was in close contact with him to be evaluated.

An advocacy group that challenged Christian religious practices of the Ridgeland High School football coach and team has complimented Walker County's response to the issue but has more questions for the school system.

A Chattanooga man has stepped forward and claimed the $1 million prize he won last week.

Winston Brown and Walt Moffitt tied for medalist honors with rounds of 4-under-par 68 in the Tennessee Mid-Amateur qualifier at the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay on Monday.

The Red Bud will not bloom this year. One of the Chattanooga area's four golf majors was canceled Monday by Valleybrook course owner David Drake, who had only 11 confirmed participants for the tournament that was to be held this weekend.

Susan Zeglen had never taken a college entrance exam before taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last fall.

A 21-year-old faces a prison sentence of two to four years after a jury found him guilty of reckless homicide in the shooting death of an 18-year-old.

More than 100 people crowded a room at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Tuesday to talk about using a largely untried fuel in local nuclear reactors to help keep plutonium out of the hands of terrorists.

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  • By Pam Sohn  |

When Cleveland High School cross country coach Casey Parks took his team out of the Cherokee Classic a few weeks ago, it gave his runners an opportunity to work on their speed and endurance training.

DAYTON, Tenn. -- Rhea County commissioners will balance their new budget without a wheel tax or solid waste fee, but those revenue sources may appear later, commissioners indicated.

The Land Trust for Tennessee and the TWRA are hoping to raise money to complete the purchase of a 68-acre tract of land near the old Blythe Ferry site to add to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge.

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  • By Pam Sohn  |

The Chattanooga City Council looked at two sides of the affordable housing issue Tuesday afternoon.

New business licenses provided by the Hamilton County Clerk for Sept. 3-7:

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TUNNEL HILL, Ga. -- It's not uncommon for softball teams with elite pitchers to get caught flat-footed defensively at times. Northwest Whitfield is no different, but when the Lady Bruins need a big defensive play, they more often than not produce it.

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. -- They're farming sunshine in Tennessee's horse country, where members of the Duck River Electric Membership Corp. can buy a piece of ol' Sol for as little as $600.

GPS entered Tuesday's soccer match against visiting Chattanooga Christian wanting to leave a good impression, since it was Bruiser Night on campus.

A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday revealed allegations of detailed "pill mill" operations in the Chattanooga area against four owner/operators of local pain management clinics over at least the past four years.

NASHVILLE -- With the presidential election less than 60 days away, Democratic President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are racing down a well-trod path targeting swing states.

Elaine Swafford knew the challenges she faced when she took over the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, a charter school identified as one of the worst-performing schools in the state.

NEW YORK -- A Georgia woman who survived a rare fleshing-eating disease told Katie Couric on Tuesday that she doesn't take life for granted anymore.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia used quarterback Aaron Murray in the shotgun and employed a lot of four-receiver sets during the second half of Saturday night's 41-20 win at Missouri.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga running back J.J. Jackson answers three quick questions about bouncing back from close losses and Thursday's home opener:

KNOXVILLE -- All Tennessee's defense needed was a look at the box score.

The Citadel pulled off one of the biggest wins in the Football Championship Subdivision so far this season last Saturday, upsetting then-No. 3 Georgia Southern 23-21 on a late 37-yard field goal by Thomas Warren.

Congress returned to Washington this week for what will likely be a short session focused on doing as little as possible besides ensuring that government doesn't shut down when the federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.

Reading the editorial page Sept. 8 left me appalled and disgusted at the blatant abuse of journalistic influence to back a political candidate. Just go ahead and change the name of the newspaper to "The Democratic Daily."

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night have stayed the post office from the completion of its appointed rounds. Now however, two new obstacles present a formidable challenge to the service's financial viability: the Internet and Congress.

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  • By Christopher A. Hopkins CFA

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. -- What was I going to do with the invitation? Say no? To the one group of people who never say no?

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