published Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

'Two arrested on drug charges' and more news from the Chattanooga region

Two arrested on drug charges

JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. — Two people were arrested Monday on drug charges in Jackson County, Ala., after a traffic stop on Alabama Highway 72 near County Road 11 in the Aspel community, a news release states.

Terrance DeWayne Robinson, 26, and Latrischa Elois McNeil, 27, both of Huntsville, Ala., were charged with unlawful possession of controlled substances and possession of marijuana second-degree, according to the statement from the sheriff's office.

Robinson and McNeil are being held in the Jackson County Jail.


Fatal blaze ruled accidental

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — Fire officials in Morristown, Tenn., have ruled a fatal fire accidental.

The apartment fire early this month killed 10-month-old Briana Hidrogo.

Morristown Fire Chief Bill Honeycutt told the Citizen Tribune the fire could have been sparked by an electrical fault in a cord to a space heater. Honeycutt also said there were combustible materials close to the heater.

The blaze broke out shortly after midnight on Feb. 3, and Honeycutt said firefighters were at the scene within four minutes of the call. Authorities said the child and her mother were asleep when the apartment caught fire.


Deputies recover stolen items

DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office has announced its recovery of items that had been taken the night of Feb. 11 in a theft at Snead Ag Supply in Pine Ridge, Ala.

A truck and trailer were recovered in the Asbury community by the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, while a John Deere Gator ATV and a John Deere zero-turn mower were recovered near the Shiloh Farms area of Marshall County.

A news release said suspects have been identified.

The equipment has been returned to Snead Ag Supply.


Cancer group changes name

NASHVILLE — A Nashville-based cancer information organization is updating its image, long tied to country comic Sarah Cannon's character Minnie Pearl.

What had been the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation became PearlPoint Cancer Support on Tuesday, according to The Tennessean.

PearlPoint CEO Susan Earl Hosbach said name recognition of the Minnie Pearl character wasn't strong with younger people, but the major issue was who was a cancer survivor. The real person, Cannon, beat the disease.

Cannon survived breast cancer. She died in 1996, five years after retiring because of a stroke.

In a statement, PearlPoint said the update helps clarify its role as a nonprofit organization providing guidance for cancer patients, guided by what it called the "caring and generous spirit of Minnie Pearl" as a core value.

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