published Monday, March 18th, 2013

Opium found in Jackson County and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Opium found in Jackson County

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Five ounces of suspected opium was seized when Jackson County, Ala., narcotics officers raided a Flat Rock home Friday.

In a news release, Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen called it "kind of an interesting case," adding, "we don't see much opium around here."

He said officers executed a search warrant at a home on County Road 756, seizing 8 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia along with the suspected opium.

Four people were charged with trafficking in opium and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. They are Felicia Diane Pope, 27, of Bryant, Ala.; and Alisha Larue Fay, 24; Chase Zane Goolsby, 25; and Ronald Earnest Pick Jr., 31, all of Flat Rock. All were being held on $55,000 bonds.

A small child in the home was handed over to the Department of Human Resources, Harnen said.

Veteran slain; 2 people charged

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. — Two people were charged in the slaying of a disabled military veteran in Rogersville, who police believe was beaten and stabbed to death for his medication.

Rogersville Police Chief Doug Nelson told the Kingsport Times News that family members found Roger Hawkins dead in his apartment Saturday. Nelson said Hawkins, 52, was disabled and was a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Police arrested Austin Scott Price, 18, and Samuel Wade Hirsch, 22, and charged them with felony first-degree murder. They are being held without bond until their arraignment today.

Breastfeeding coalition to meet

DALTON, Ga. — The annual meeting of the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition is set for 2 to 6 p.m. March 26 at the Dalton/Gaston Community Center on North Fredrick Street.

The business portion of the meeting will be available via webinar. To reserve a webinar seat, link to Dinner will be served; contact to participate. More details are at

The coalition's annual conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 27 at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center. Registration is required; contact

Body found in Lake Lanier

ATLANTA — Investigators in Forsyth County pulled a body from Lake Lanier near Mary Alice Park and think that it may be the remains of a Tucker, Ga., man missing since February.

George "Marty" Counts, 47, disappeared Feb. 11 on the lake, investigators said. He was an avid fisherman and was believed to be operating his boat that evening when it was spotted going in circles with no one aboard, authorities said.

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