published Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

'Two charged on drug counts' and other Chattanooga region news

Two charged on drug counts

STEVENSON, Ala. — Two Albuquerque, N.M, men were arrested Monday by Stevenson, police and charged with drug offenses, a news release states.

Officers stopped a van on U.S. Highway 72 for a traffic violation, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Officer Sammy Smith requested help from the sheriff's narcotics unit, and a dog hit on the vehicle, indicating the presence of controlled substances, authorities said.

Three pill containers containing hydroponic marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found.

Jason Russell Zubia, 42, and Charles Allen Torres, 26, were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana second degree and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, the release states.

Each man remains in the Jackson County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

Council won't say Lord's Prayer

CAVE SPRING, Ga. — Council members in the Northwest Georgia city of Cave Spring have agreed to forgo saying the Lord's Prayer at their meetings, a reversal of a previous vote.

The Rome News-Tribune reports council members had voted earlier to say the prayer at council meetings.

City Attorney Zach Burkhalter said the law restricts what prayers can be said at council meetings but doesn't prohibit all prayers from being spoken. He told council members they can have a prayer, but "it just has to be a more generic-type thing."

Council member Peggy Allgood suggested pastors at Cave Spring's six churches take turns saying the prayer at meetings -- a proposal Mayor Rob Ware liked.

Senate passes fireworks measure

ATLANTA — The state Senate has passed a resolution to let voters decide whether fireworks sales should be legal.

The resolution passed Tuesday in a 44-5 vote and must gain at least 120 votes in the House to be included on a ballot. The Senate resolution proposes amending the state's constitution to allow fireworks sales if Georgians vote to legalize it.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports revenue from fireworks sales would be used to pay for trauma care and firefighter services.

Hunting, fishing licenses on sale

NASHVILLE — State 2012-13 hunting and fishing licenses have expired, and new ones are on sale.

Licenses can be bought at any Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency office or license agent, online at or ordered by phone. A Social Security number is required.

Resident licenses are available to people with a valid Tennessee driver's license and people who have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the intent of making it their permanent home.

Military personnel, their families and Tennessee students also can get resident licenses.

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