published Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

'2 escapees back in custody' and more Chattanooga region news

2 escapees back in custody

MANCHESTER, TENN. — Police say two inmates who escaped from the Coffee County Jail didn’t stay free for long.

WSMV-TV in Nashville reported that 19-year-old inmates Adam Djuan Winton and Jeremy Ryan Tate bolted from the facility about 4:30 a.m. Monday. The escape happened while an inmate was being taken to have his blood sugar checked before breakfast.

Capt. Pam Freeman said the inmates jumped a fence and ran away but were caught after a couple of hours.

Freeman said officers found one of the escapees hiding at his mother’s house.


Peabody ducks mark 80 years

MEMPHIS — The Peabody in Memphis is celebrating the 80th year of being graced by its most famous patrons — a team of ducks that swim in a fountain in the lobby.

This year, the hotel is celebrating the arrival of the fowl guests by sharing facts about their iconic mascots during the traditional twice-a-day duck march.

Duckmaster Anthony Petrina told The Commercial Appeal the ducks don’t get names but that may be so he doesn’t get too attached to them.

The birds moved into the hotel in 1933 when the manager and his friends returned from a hunting trip drunk and put live English call ducks in the fountain.

The marches started in 1940 when former circus trainer and duckmaster Edward Pembroke offered to train the ducks.

The ducks go to a farm in Shelby County after three months of duty.


Classrooms often unused, study says

ATLANTA — A two-year study by the University System of Georgia shows classrooms are empty during most of the week.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that of the 440 classrooms at the University of Georgia, the average is used just 18.5 hours per 40-hour work week. When the classrooms are used, just two-thirds of the seats are full. That is a 31 percent utilization rate.

At most schools, the results show capacity for additional courses and for some bigger classes.

The highest overall use rate comes at Georgia Gwinnett College, at 77 percent.

Officials say one of the factors affecting utilization rates is an increased use of online courses.


Driver detained after chase

ATLANTA — The Georgia State Patrol says authorities have detained a man suspected of driving drunk during a chase that spanned two counties and caused multiple wrecks. One injured a pregnant woman.

Police told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the chase began when the man turned his vehicle around to avoid a driver checkpoint in Gwinnett County. He then sped away. The driver was caught when he crashed into oncoming traffic.

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