published Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

'Man says officer killed woman' and more Chattanooga region news

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    In this undated file photo provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Holly Bobo is shown.
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Man says officer killed woman

WARSAW, Ind. — An Indiana man has been arrested after police said he falsely accused an area officer of killing a Tennessee woman who has been missing for two years.

Michael Roy Wiggins, 32, was being held Tuesday on $100,000 bond in the Kosciusko County Jail.

The Journal Gazette reports Wiggins was arrested Monday on preliminary charges of obstruction of justice and false informing.

Police said Wiggins sent an email to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation alleging a North Webster officer took his squad car to Tennessee, abducted and killed nursing student Holly Bobo and then buried her body at a farm in Northern Indiana in April 2011.

Police said the officer recently had arrested Wiggins.


Threat prompts site evacuations

ATLANTA — Authorities said five state buildings near the Georgia Capitol have been searched and no explosives were found after they were evacuated following a bomb threat.

Jim Wicker of the Georgia State Patrol said Tuesday afternoon that all buildings had been given the "all-clear" and employees were being allowed back inside.

Tracey Watson with the Georgia Department of Public Safety said a call came in about 9 a.m. Tuesday involving a threat against 47 Trinity Ave., home to the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Watson said four nearby state buildings, including one that houses the attorney general and the Georgia Supreme Court, also were evacuated.


Bar accredits law school

NASHVILLE — Belmont University's law school has received provisional accreditation.

The university in Nashville received word over the weekend that the American Bar Association had granted the recognition, which is assurance that a college's education program meets quality benchmarks.

Belmont is scheduled to graduate its first law school class in 2014. A law school must be provisionally accredited for at least two years before applying for full accreditation.


Wallace 'stand' was 50 years ago

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It was 50 years ago that then-Gov. George Wallace staged his "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" to prevent blacks from attending the University of Alabama.

On Tuesday, a racially integrated crowd gathered in Tuscaloosa to remember that landmark event of June 11, 1963.

The university staged a commemoration Tuesday evening at Foster Auditorium, where Wallace faced down federal officials to oppose integration. The event honored the courage of Vivian Malone and James Hood, the two black students who enrolled despite Wallace's actions.

A memorial plaza honoring the first minority students is located at the site of Wallace's stand.

Belmont's College of Law, housed in a new building that opened in August, includes a state-of-the-art law library.

Today the University of Alabama is about 13 percent black.

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