published Friday, September 28th, 2012

Man pleads guilty to firing at plane and other news from the areas around Chattanooga

Man pleads guilty to firing at plane

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A Hayden, Ala., man has pleaded guilty to firing shotgun blasts while a restored biplane was landing at a private airfield beside his home in Blount County.

Authorities said 36-year-old Jason Allen McCay pleaded guilty to a federal charge of attempting to interfere with a flight. He could be sentenced to a maximum 20 years in prison and fined $250,000 at a hearing Jan. 10.

Federal prosecutors said McCay fired several blasts from a shotgun as a restored 1943 Boeing Stearman biplane flew over his home while landing on June 22.

The plane wasn’t hit, and no one was hurt.

Authorities said McCay previously filed complaints about airplanes flying over his house.


Drug take-back planned Saturday

DALTON, Ga. — Area law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring a drug Take Back Day on Saturday.

In Dalton, the event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kroger, 1365 W. Walnut Ave. And, in Walker County, you can drop off your old medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Walker County Civic Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, in Rock Spring, Ga.

This is a chance for the public to help prevent pill abuse and theft by safely disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications, according to a news release. The anonymous service is free, and no questions will be asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 276 tons of prescription medications.


Halloween party vendors sought

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — It is time for vendors to begin planning for the 25th annual Halloween Block Party, MainStreet Cleveland is announcing.

The party begins at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31.

The annual party is one of downtown’s biggest events of the year, routinely attracting more than 20,000 people, said Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland.

Vendor applications are being accepted at the MainStreet Cleveland office through Oct. 15. Information is available at 423-479-1000 or www.mainstreetcleveland.com.


FDR’s getaway offers free day

WARM SPRINGS, Ga. — President Franklin Roosevelt’s Georgia retreat is making a one-day offer of admitting visitors for free.

The Little White House in Warm Springs, which Roosevelt built the year before he became president in 1933, served as his personal getaway during his years in office.

Roosevelt’s home now is operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The site will offer free admission to visitors Saturday to coincide with “Your State Parks Day,” on which all Georgia state parks and historic sites are waiving admission fees.

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