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The Red Bank Fire Department responded to a fire that may have started in the attic of a house in the 4400 block of Crestview Drive on Sunday.

YAJALON, Mexico — Authorities in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas say a bacterial disease has killed five babies and sickened 41 others in a remote indigenous community that is experiencing a wave of intense cold and rains.

Georgia redshirt junior quarterback Aaron Murray posted Sunday night on Twitter that he is coming back for his final year of eligibility.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Teenagers brawling in the food court of a Louisiana mall prompted a stampede that led police to evacuate the shopping center and shut it down early.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A semitrailer hauling 32 bulls slammed into a tree on I-75, snarling traffic on the highway and forcing Florida Highway Patrol officials to chase down and shoot one of three animals that escaped.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville police are looking for the person who shot and killed a Huntsville man in front of his home.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee will play the rest of its basketball season without its best player.

LANDOVER, Md. — The Seattle Seahawks finally won a road playoff game Sunday, taking a 24-14 NFC wild-card victory over the Washington Redskins, who lost Robert Griffin III to another knee injury in the fourth quarter.

CHATTANOOGA — Chattanooga Police arrested a teen in connection with another shooting outside a high school basketball game, this time at Howard as they played Brainerd.

KNOXVILLE — Bashaara Graves scored a career-high 23 points and No. 12 Tennessee rallied in the second half to beat No. 10 Georgia 79-66 on Sunday, giving the Lady Vols their fifth consecutive victory in this series.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga squandered a 10-0 lead Sunday and fell 29-10 to ninth-ranked Illinois.

Ray Lewis did his part to ensure that his last home game wouldn't also be the final chapter of his NFL career.

A Chattanooga judge’s teenage son was jailed after he reportedly charged at Hamilton County deputies during an arrest over the weekend, authorities said.

Police in Cleveland, Tenn., are offering a reward to anyone helping find a man who stole a police car Saturday night with his hands cuffed behind his back.

WASHINGTON — Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel is President Barack Obama's pick to be the next defense secretary.

BEIRUT — A defiant Syrian President Bashar Assad rallied a chanting and cheering crowd Sunday to fight the uprising against his authoritarian rule, dismissing any chance of dialogue with “murderous criminals” that he blames for nearly two years of violence that has left 60,000 dead.

NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association reached a tentative agreement early Sunday to end a nearly four-month-old lockout that threatened to wipe out what was left of an already abbreviated season.

AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas women’s track coach Bev Kearney resigned Saturday and acknowledged in an interview with the Austin American-Statesman that she had an intimate relationship with an athlete in her program in 2002.

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan and India traded accusations Sunday of violating the boundary line dividing the two sides’ forces in the disputed northern region of Kashmir. Pakistan said an Indian cross-border raid on border post killed one of its soldiers, while India said its troops had fired into Pakistan to retaliate for shelling that destroyed a home.

NEW YORK — Every day, throngs of riders stand on the edge of danger in the nation’s busiest subway system, waiting on platforms with nothing between them and the tracks.

NASHVILLE — Before the Legislature boosted funding for Tennessee’s state film incentive program in early May, a number of movies with stories rooted in locations throughout Middle Tennessee were shot elsewhere.

For weeks, the developers behind Chattanooga Village — the promising mixed-use development proposed off state Highway 153 near Boy Scout Road — have been under attack for their efforts to bring jobs, homes and opportunity to Hixson.

Hunters, anglers, hikers and a range of small businesses and communities have long found recreation, jobs, solace and a special way of life on the Cumberland Plateau. Yet this richly forested high plain, which runs parallel to the Appalachian Mountain foothills across eastern Tennessee and into northwest Georgia and eastern Alabama, continues to face long-term threats to the viability of its globally renowned ecological diversity.

MIAMI — The Southeastern Conference is on a run of unprecedented success in college football, but it's not for everybody.

MIAMI — With an annual salary of $5.48 million, Nick Saban of the University of Alabama is the highest-paid coach in college football.

Donna Elle knows it's hard to stick with a resolution.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — As revelers around the world rang in the new year last week, the workers and robots on Cormetech's factory floor here continued their around-the-clock production of a key element to help many people breathe a little easier.

Project: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital expansion

In its heyday the local branch of the NAACP had more than 5,000 members.

Question: How is Marilyn "Mary" Cody doing after Nancy Rus rescued the homeless woman from Chattanooga streets?

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defeated Samford 74-70 for the Mocs' first Southern Conference win of the basketball season Saturday night in Birmingham.

KNOXVILLE — Don Mahoney undoubtedly knows he's inheriting a nice situation.

A Southeast Tennessee lawmaker hopes that arming some teachers with concealed weapons will give schools at least some form of defense in the face of a massacre such as the December slayings at a Connecticut elementary school.

As the story goes, Charlie Strong — then a Florida assistant football coach — was interviewing for a head-coaching position in a BCS conference when that school's athletic director asked him whom he intended to hire as offensive coordinator if he was chosen.

Tara Harris doesn't like your family — at least not the stick-figure version of them affixed to the back of your van.

MIAMI — Alabama backup quarterback Blake Sims played in nine games during the regular season and did well with his opportunities.

HOUSTON — J.J. Watt swatted away passes, Arian Foster ran away from tacklers and the Houston Texans did just enough to knock Cincinnati out of the NFL playoffs for the second straight year.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers showed how dangerous they can be when they’re at full strength Saturday night, overwhelming the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 in an NFC wild-card game that was never really close.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A 15-0 run in the first half and a 13-0 surge in the second helped the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team cruise to a 76-46 win against UNC Greensboro on Saturday at Fleming Gymnasium.

When Notre Dame decided to accept invitations to bowl games in 1969 following an absence of more than four decades, facing Alabama was not a matter of if but when.

After his team's 55-44 win over White County Saturday, Bradley Central girls' basketball coach Jason Reuter described the victory the best way he knew how.

For those who missed the Southern Scuffle last week, there is still an opportunity to see a Top 10 wrestling team this afternoon.

MIAMI — Outside of Nick Saban declining overtures to coach in the NFL, there may be no greater cause for extended Alabama football glee than tailback T.J. Yeldon and receiver Amari Cooper.

ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers will convene Jan. 14 with a familiar theme: a budget shortfall explained mostly by an economy that's not keeping pace with rising health care costs.

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. — When one-term Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett left office last week, he left behind a budget in the red, a jail shipping inmates to another county and employees who had been asked to volunteer for layoffs.

The roll that coach Jim Higgins feared had abandoned his Soddy-Daisy wrestling team was back in full force Saturday.

CEDARTOWN, Ga. — The expected and unexpected ruled the day at the Georgia Area 7-AAAA wrestling duals tournament Saturday.

Anyone watching the Baylor School girls' basketball team play may forget at times that half of the eight players in the usual rotation are in the ninth grade. Coach John Gibson included.

I was walking through the newsroom the other day when my cellphone jangled in my pocket.

Sequatchie County Schools leaders are looking to add an armed guard at the county's elementary school, redesign school entrances and reshape school drop-off and pick-up procedures for parents, all in the name of school safety.

Two-year-old Brennan Nowell is locked in his loved ones' minds as the "smiling, blue-eyed angel that absorbed life and loved all around him."

On Dec. 15, 2012, our country faced another devastating school shooting.

  • Jan. 6th, 2013  |
  • By By Corin Harpe

The most memorable quotes in the Times Free Press for Dec. 30-Jan. 4.

One of the area's most successful high school football programs will have a completely new staff next season after North Jackson head coach Shawn Peek and four assistants resigned.

The parent company of Cornerstone Bank in Chattanooga announced today that it has completed a $15 million stock issue to help strengthen the bank's balance sheet for future growth.

IT’S REASSURING to learn that the government avoided the “fiscal cliff.” Now we can blissfully continue our plunge into the bottomless pit of government spending.

If you could start over again, would you make the same decision? According to a recent survey, 78 percent of active duty military personnel say a resounding “yes.”

  • Jan. 6th, 2013  |
  • By — ARAContent

Miller & Martin has promoted five attorneys from its Chattanooga office to member status.

The NAIA-ranked Lee University basketball teams could not quite complete a two-day Mississippi sweep of Southern States Athletic Conference opponents Saturday at William Carey.

Lee University assistant women's soccer coach Chris Walker, a former all-conference Lee men's player, has been hired to head the University of North Alabama women's program in the Gulf South Conference. That's the NCAA Division II league Lee will be joining after this school year.

When they opened the prison gates and gave Cedric Conner back his freedom after four years in jail, the state penitentiary guards in Wartburg, Tenn., said something he remembers to this day.

John Medina, affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University, is a developmental molecular biologist with a lifelong fascination for how our minds react to and organize information.

  • Jan. 6th, 2013  |
  • By By Julie Baumgardner

Dakota Brown wants parents to enjoy the books they read to their children as much as their children do.

I feel that raising revenue immediately and cutting expenses eventually is not proper economics. This appears to be a gamble that eventually the economy will rebound to the point that expenses will not have to be cut. The term Ponzi comes to mind.

Political fights for the presidency and plunging over the fiscal cliff may be in our nation’s rearview mirror. But locally, things are about to heat up when City of Chattanooga voters elect a new mayor and council members in March.

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