published Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

'Sheriff Joe Guy is Legion's officer of year' and more Chattanooga region news

Sheriff Joe Guy is Legion's officer of year

McMINN COUNTY, Tenn. — The American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for Tennessee is McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy, who will be honored Saturday at a banquet in Nashville, a news release said.

Gordon Mikitka, commander of American Legion Post 11 in Etowah, Tenn., said the reason for the award "is that the preamble of the constitution of the American Legion states that our organization is dedicated to 'uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States,' and the second thing is 'to maintain law and order.'

"He's making a difference in our community. He has done so much for our county. We've needed him for a long time," Mikitka said.


Man sought in cigarette theft

DALTON, Ga. — The Dalton (Ga.) Police Department is looking for a man who grabbed four packs of cigarettes Thursday at a Morris Street convenience store and ran out without paying.

Police described the robber as a white male with short brown hair. He was 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighed about 220 pounds, authorities said.

The release said he wore a dirty white or gray T-shirt with blue jeans. The man also has some type of tattoo on his left forearm, police said.

Anyone who knows the man is asked to call Sgt. Matthew Locke at 706-278-9085, extension 320.


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Aggressive bees enter state

MEMPHIS — The migration of Africanized bees into Tennessee has state agriculture officials and beekeepers on alert.

The first known instance of the more aggressive bees -- sometimes called "killer bees" -- in Tennessee came last year. State apiarist Mike Studer told The Commercial Appeal an East Tennessee beekeeper had mail-ordered some bees and called the Tennessee Department of Agriculture when they attacked him, stinging him about 30 times before he could get into his vehicle.

The department will put out an alert if more of the aggressive bees are found, and those colonies will be destroyed.


Storms knock power out

ATLANTA — A line of strong thunderstorms moving through a large part of North Georgia left scattered power outages early Monday morning.

Some of the heaviest overnight rains hit Atlanta's northern suburbs.

WXIA-TV reports that around 2 a.m. Monday, a large oak tree crashed onto a home in Kennesaw where more than a dozen people had gathered for a Father's Day party.

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