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WEBSTER, Texas — Prosecutors in Texas have accused a 17-year-old girl of recruiting her girlfriends to have sex with a 62-year-old Houston-area businessman for money.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney said Thursday the state party has settled a lawsuit filed against it by Mark Winslow, the former state GOP chief of staff whose personnel file information wound up in a 2010 Fleishmann TV ad.

CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire man told the state's highest court Thursday that denying him a vanity license plate that reads "COPSLIE" violates his political free speech rights.

WASHINGTON — Parts of the nation's $500 billion farm bill that Congress is considering would prohibit the government from disclosing some information about farmers or their employees, possibly preventing people from learning about nearby agricultural and large-scale livestock operations blamed for polluting water or soil.

The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office is asking for help finding 21-year-old Joshua Daniel Sutton, who is wanted for child molestation, statutory rape and giving a false name to law enforcement.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — This is one strange asteroid.

NORWICH, Conn. — A cat that Connecticut officials believe was used for target practice has survived being shot by an arrow.

GENEVA — Iran's chief nuclear negotiator signaled progress at talks with six powers Thursday on a deal to cap some of his country's atomic programs in exchange for limited relief from sanctions stifling Iran's economy, saying the six had accepted Tehran's proposals on how to proceed.

MANILA, Philippines — The world's strongest typhoon of the year slammed into the Philippines early Friday. It had been poised to be the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded at landfall, a weather expert said.

ATLANTA — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that it is awarding more than $5.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support new health care centers in Georgia.

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year to people using stolen identities, with some of the money going to addresses in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Ireland, according to an inspector general's report released Thursday.

Kerosene sold a market in Ringgold, Ga., should not be used because it could explode, according to a warning from Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black.

NEW YORK — Shares of Twitter went on sale to the public for the first time Thursday, instantly leaping more than 70 percent above their offering price in a dazzling debut that exceeded even Wall Street's lofty hopes.

TORONTO — A new video that surfaced Thursday showed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in rambling rage, threatening to "murder" someone and "poke his eyes out" — deepening the conviction among both critics and allies that he is no longer fit to lead North America's fourth largest city.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner has parental rights to the child and is ordering a lower court to work out custody, child support and visitation arrangements.

A Blue Ridge Elementary student caused a scare Thursday when he told teachers about seeing two other boys admiring a gun in the bathroom.

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Searchers have found a Tennessee man who went missing at The Walls of Jericho state park in northeast Alabama.

The Chattanooga Transportation Department has reported roads in the city that will be closing for special events over the next couple of days.

UNION CITY, Tenn. — An official at the Discovery Park of America says the West Tennessee museum and education venue had strong attendance in its first weekend.

LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. — An East Tennessee preacher who has appeared on national television demonstrating use of snake handling has been cited with possession of venomous snakes.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Yasser Arafat's mysterious 2004 death turned into a whodunit Thursday after Swiss scientists who examined his remains said the Palestinian leader was probably poisoned with radioactive polonium.

The Chattanooga Police Department has reported its arrest of Lequan Bennett, 23, in connection with a Wednesday robbery in which the victim was maced.

LOS ANGELES — Chris Brown has countersued a man who has accused the R&B star's entourage of attacking him outside a recording studio earlier this year.

WASHINGTON — Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bill outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

A convicted burglar whose charges were tossed out by a judge last year after police put a GPS device on a car without a warrant faces 10 new charges related to a rash of break-ins from last month.

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Jacksonville State University student is being disciplined for allegedly using a racial slur.

A man named as a suspect in the 2010 slaying of a Monroe County, Tenn., official was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison today as ringleader of a methamphetamine conspiracy.

ATLANTA — Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and a state lawmaker from Atlanta, said Thursday that he plans to run for governor of Georgia next year, energizing Democrats coming off a 2010 election in which the GOP claimed every statewide office.

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — Transportation officials say repairs to Tennessee Route 16 on Keith Springs Mountain in Franklin County should be complete in a few weeks.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The city of Knoxville plans to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the siege of Knoxville during the Civil War with an event at Fort Dickerson.

WASHINGTON — Federal accident investigators called Thursday for a probe of the government agency charged with ensuring the safety of commercial vehicles, saying its own look into four tour-bus and truck crashes that killed 25 people raises "serious questions" about how well the agency is doing its job.

ATLANTA (AP) — A man who lost his leg to a disease is embarking on a walk from Atlanta to Birmingham, Ala., to benefit Limbs for Life.

Marvel will develop four original series for Netflix in a deal that gives the streaming service one of its most high-profile content partnerships.

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has launched an initiative to stop underage and binge drinking in the state.

Five years after the billion-gallon coal ash spill in Kingston, Tenn., a new report from Environmental Integrity Project said today that “decades of mismanagement” have led to toxic ground water pollution at all 11 Tennessee Valley Authority coal plants with concentrations of arsenic, boron, cobalt, manganese, and other pollutants exceeding health-based guidelines in dozens of downgradient wells.

Tennessee is one of the most improved states on a national exam of student performance, according to a new federal report released today.

The Hamilton County Highway Department has closed Pine Hill Road through 4 p.m. today to install a drainage culvert.

After one subpar season, Tony Johnson has been fired as head football coach at North Jackson (Ala.) High School. Johnson was hired in mid-June after North Jackson was sent scrambling to find a coach when David McKinney resigned less than two months after taking the job.

COURTLAND, Ala. (AP) — More than 1,000 people who are being laid off at a north Alabama paper mill will have a chance to find new jobs.

USA Today released a flow chart of what the nation's college football coaches make.

We did not count last night's Ball State pick on weekly ledger because we have a running standard of doing these on Thursday. (And the anything-but-cosmetic TD in the final 90 seconds that allowed Central Michigan to cover the 21 by a point was not met with cheers at the 5-at-10 compound.) 

BOSTON (AP) — When Marty Walsh won the Boston mayor's race, Vice President Joe Biden was quick to pick up the phone to congratulate him.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Army has agreed to put off the planned closure of Reserve Officers Training Corps programs at three Tennessee universities.

It can be too easy, especially when we’re younger, to take our teeth for granted.

KNOXVILLE — An 11-year-old North Knoxville boy on Wednesday was filling a cup with gasoline that spilled on him in his backyard before he lit a lighter, setting himself on fire.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.8 percent annual rate from July through September, a surprising sign of strength ahead of the 16-day partial government shutdown.

SAN FRANCISCO — The final curtain is falling on the remaining Blockbuster video-rental stores that Dish Network Corp. runs in the U.S.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Donald DeVault wonders what kind of memories his Triumph motorcycle helped make in the 46 years since it was stolen.

NASHVILLE — Blake Shelton captured album of the year, Miranda Lambert won female vocalist of the year and Taylor Swift was honored with the Pinnacle award for her achievements, but it was George Strait who won the night's top honor at the Country Music Awards — entertainer of the year.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)  — Too open. Too crowded. Too difficult.

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian rocket soared into the cosmos Thursday carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts to the International Space Station ahead of the first-ever spacewalk for the symbol of peace.

Here is your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

WASHINGTON— Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the threat of space rocks smashing into Earth is bigger than they thought.

LOS ANGELES — While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think specially trained dogs should take point in preventing violence in schools.

WASHINGTON — Republicans blistered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday over the nation's controversial health care law, bluntly challenging her honesty, pushing for her resignation and demanding unsuccessfully she concede that President Barack Obama deliberately misled the public about his signature domestic program.

SEATTLE — Voters in Washington state have rejected a ballot measure requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

The post office expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 420 million packages during the holiday season.

Jon Meek calls it double dipping.

Imagine being left on an island all alone. Think Tom Hanks in the movie "Castaway."

Q: How do I find the right shoe to avoid foot and ankle problems?

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  • By By Dr. Jesse F. Doty

It's hard to imagine Steve Vai being nervous about auditioning for a gig, but the person he was trying to impress was Frank Zappa.

Raggedy Ann has been charming children for nearly a century and her brother, Raggedy Andy, for almost as long.

The Visual Arts committee of the Athens Area Council for the Arts is hosting "Literary Visions," a juried art competition and exhibition.

The American Cancer Society’s annual “Bark For Life” will be held on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Chattanooga Market.

The mother of all craft shows takes place in Birmingham, Ala., this weekend. But there are closer options.

KNOXVILLE — It's been three weeks since a Tennessee offensive lineman received a report card.

Chattanoogan Jarret Kinder owns four early Ford Broncos, but only one is making the 2,000 mile trip from Tennessee to Las Vegas for four days of unabashed car show glory.

Reckless driving and speeding charges were dismissed against a 22-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder -- and former Chattanooga Lookout -- who was a finalist for Rookie of the Year this past season.

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia isn't ranked right now after coming within one play of reaching last season's BCS championship game, but the Bulldogs have been anything but disappointing in the eyes of one NFL team's scouting director.

Year after year, Wofford keeps winning. This season is no different.

In Linda Sparks' English classes, there's no hiding or ducking out. Everybody participates.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam concedes he has a "very difficult needle to thread" in persuading fellow Republicans in the state Legislature and the Democratic Obama administration to accept his plan to expand Medicaid for at least 180,000 Tennesseans.

Coca-Cola swap meet, appraisal Saturday - Nov. 9

Is your Coke collectible ‘the real thing?’

Collectors of Coca-Cola memorabilia have more than a thirst for items emblazoned in the iconic red-and-white script. It’s an obsession.

Vanderbilt hasn't won in the Swamp since 1945, but Saturday certainly presents one of its better opportunities.

Ask 10-year-old Lamarianna McDaniel what books she's read and she'll pull a dozen or more from the shelves of her fifth-grade classroom.

It started with a bulky pile of leftover shipping pallets and dead branches.

With lots of blood, plenty of gore, and — every now and then — a nail or bone protruding from an arm, the Hamilton County Health Department could have easily doubled as the set of a horror film Wednesday morning.

Fort Oglethorpe isn't wasting any time legalizing Sunday alcohol sales, which voters approved Tuesday night.

Anime fans immediately recognize the name Johnny Yong Bosch, but call him by his alter ego -- Black Ranger of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers -- and almost everyone knows who he is.

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger ignited his 2012 season with a surprisingly stellar performance against Alabama.

Former state Sen. Eric Stewart has been charged in Franklin County, Tenn., with theft and fraud stemming from a continuing investigation into his insurance business, according to court records and officials.

Not over the whole costume thing just yet?

State Rep. Vince Dean is saying goodbye to state politics and getting back to the local scene.

KNOXVILLE — An old nemesis again has reared its ugly head for Tennessee.

Mary Poston Tanner announced Thursday that she has accepted an interim position as executive director of the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies.

When Cpl. Todd Franklin arrived at the shooting scene Tuesday afternoon, all he found was a trail of blood, splattered on the front porch, through the doorway and into the living room.

KNOXVILLE — The leaves in Knoxville have begun to show the red and orange hues of fall, signifying the impending return of the Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball season.

  • Nov. 7th, 2013  |
  • By By Sam Gilbreath

Seeing pictures of old home sites, lumber sites, parts of old automobiles, cemeteries and roads are one way to experience history, but to see those things first hand is so much better, some say.

  • Nov. 7th, 2013  |
  • By By Gary Petty

When Notre Dame sophomore Tyler Enos was in middle school at OLPH, he was looking for something to do in the football offseason. So, he decided to try playing tennis.

Greek gods of 'Xanadu' roller skate into Chatt State - Nov. 8-10

‘Xanadu’ skates into Chatt State

The 1980 romantic musical fantasy "Xanadu" was so panned -- despite its soundtrack containing five Top 20 singles -- that it received the initial Golden Raspberry Award (Razzie) for Worst Director and was nominated for six other Razzies.

When thinking about ways to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Barking Legs Theatre, Ann Law decided to focus on the things she loves most — food and dance.

Hamilton Community Church, 7997 Shallowford Road, is hosting the "Light Up the City Tenacious Tour" with Jeremy Williams, "American Idol" star Bo Bice, John Berry and Daves Highway on Sunday, Nov. 10. at 5 p.m.

The community is invited to the free Loftis Middle School Community Day and Car Show Saturday, Nov. 9, at the school at 8611 Columbus Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday morning, 32 men were arrested by federal and local agents for illegally selling or possessing crack, powder cocaine and guns. At a press conference later that day, one official called them the "worst of the worst" of our city's criminals.

The "America Tonight" feature on local radio icon Luther Masingill will appear on the Al-Jazeera network Friday at 9 p.m., according to a news release. Producer Sopan Deb, a cameraman and anchor Adam May were here to follow Masingill around for three days in late October.

Artist Sam Glaser is making a stop Sunday, Nov. 10, at Mizpah Congregation, 923 McCallie Ave., as part of his 10-day Southern leg of the 50-city "The Promise" concert tour.

As a tribute to those who served in the military, area parks are offering special activities and discounts in honor of Veteran’s Day this weekend.

Chattanooga poet and musician Christian J. Collier will celebrate the release of his debut EP, “Between Beauty & Bedlam,” at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 10. Tickets for the all-ages event are $10, and doors will open at 6 p.m.

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Genius gets thrown around a lot when it comes to music, but only one guy is known as "The Genius" as opposed to "a genius."

Scenic City Clay Arts will hold its grand opening Saturday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday is the last day to RSVP for a fund-raising event in support of the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park.

The first time I tried the Sunday buffet at Dayton Coffee Shop in downtown Dayton, Tenn., I took the advice of friends who eat there all the time and ordered the child-size portion of my chicken and dressing. And it was plenty. Really it was.

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Two men were debating whether Hawaii is pronounced "HaVaii" or "HaWaii."

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Jumpstart your holiday shopping while enjoying a party thrown by Riverview retailers tonight, Nov. 7, when they kick off their annual Holiday Hoopla shopping weekend.

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If you’ve lived below the Mason-Dixon Line for any amount of time, you’ve probably experienced the Southern concert tradition of someone requesting that the band play “Free Bird.” Usually, they’re drunk. And loud.

Natural gas is one of our nation's most viable resources for many applications.

SAN FRANCISCO — The final curtain is falling on the remaining Blockbuster video-rental stores that Dish Network Corp. runs in the U.S.

Miller Industries' sales jumped by more than a third this summer but profits were down slightly for the Chattanooga-based tow truck manufacturer.

Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation has hired its second CEO in its 25-year history.

An $8.5 million tax agreement for a Canadian automotive supplier has cleared the Hamilton County Commission and next moves to the Chattanooga City Council next week.

Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration won approval Wednesday to invest $45 million in water projects, including three reservoirs it contends could send more water downstream to Alabama and Florida, states that say metro Atlanta uses too much.

Bryan College senior catcher Tyler Latham and Tennessee Wesleyan senior starting pitcher Jarrod Jameson were among the 17 baseball players announced this week as NAIA preseason All-Americans for 2014.

With national recognition for his instrumental skills and collaborations with the likes of The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, David Mayfield's career has hit plenty of high notes.

LaFayette Presbyterian Church, 107 North Main St., LaFayette, Ga. will host a Sacred Harp choir from Liberty Church in Henagar, Ala., at 7 tonight, Nov. 7, in the sanctuary of the church.

‘Chelsea Lately’ comic at Comedy Catch - Nov. 7

Josh Wolf performs Thursday night

Josh Wolf has done it all when it comes to comedy. And that’s just the way he likes it.

Live music, laughter and a discussion on building a healthy relationship led by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott will highlight a special date night sponsored by First Things First, the nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families in Hamilton County.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga needs bowlers to participate in its annual Bowl-A-Rama fundraiser for ill children.

Aquarium hosts 4-course sustainable seafood dinner - Nov. 7

Meal is part of the Aquarium's Serve and Protect sustainable seafood program.

The idea for the dinners, according to information on the attraction’s website, is to help people discover how making wise seafood choices can have a positive impact on the world.

Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Bill Gaither will host an evening of music, laughter and inspiration featuring the Gaither Vocal Band on Friday night, Nov. 8, in Memorial Auditorium.

The name of Joy Kills Sorrow pretty much sums up the philosophy of the Boston-based band.

Southern gospel performers the Jeff Hullender Family will appear at Sacred Sounds at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at the Ringgold Depot, at the corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold, Ga. Also appearing will be Wally O'Donald. Randall Franks from TV's "In the Heat of the Night" will emcee.

With vocals that have been likened to Neil Young or Gram Parsons and the position as frontman of Grammy-nominated indie act Band of Horses, Ben Bridwell has plenty to be proud of. But when it comes to promoting himself as a solo artist, he's terrible.

Guests at “Hands For Hope,” a benefit for Siskin Children’s Institute, can take advantage of spa, salon and nail services, or even purchase a fitness package, in one convenient location. And all are offered with special event pricing.

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