published Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Chickamauga man found dead and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Chickamauga man found dead

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — A 24-year-old Chickamauga, Ga., man's body was found floating in the water face down off Panama City Beach this week.

The body of Kevin Lamar New Jr. was removed from the water behind Tropic Winds Condominium on Front Beach Road, where he had been fishing, according to news reports in the Panama City News Herald.

A beachgoer administered CPR to New until paramedics arrived about 6 a.m. Sunday. He later was pronounced dead at Bay Medical Center, according to the report.

New's wife told authorities that he was prone to seizures and that he was off his medication at the time. An autopsy is pending, according to the news report.


Deal orders Bibles back in park rooms

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday instructed the state's Department of Natural Resources to return Bibles to cabins and lodge rooms at state parks, according to a news release.

"Out of an abundance of caution to avoid potential litigation, the commissioner removed the Bibles from rooms -- though they were still available on site -- after a complaint from a visitor," Deal said in a statement. "The attorney general and I agree that the state is on firm legal footing as we move to return the Bibles to the rooms."

The governor said the Bibles are donated by outside groups, not paid for by the state.

"I do not believe that a Bible in a bedside table drawer constitutes a state establishment of religion," he said. "In fact, any religious group is free to donate literature."


Clown attempts home break-in

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Madison County Sheriff's Office says a man dressed as a clown tried to break into a mobile home.

The Jackson Sun reported the pre-dawn attempt Tuesday was unsuccessful.

Sheriff David Woolfork said that, beyond the clown getup, there was no detailed description of the would-be intruder or the car he was seen driving away in.


Hepatitis risk testing urged

NASHVILLE — Tennessee health officials are urging people to take a five-minute online assessment about whether they are at risk for hepatitis C.

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner said baby boomers are five times more likely than the general population to have the disease.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the assessment online at http://www.cdc.gov/ HEPATITIS/riskassessment.

Dreyzehner said it's important to know if one has any form of hepatitis. The A and B forms can be prevented with vaccines, and hepatitis C can be cured if treated early.

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