published Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Cafeteria worker strips for officers and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Cafeteria worker strips for officers

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — Police said a cafeteria worker at a Tennessee high school voluntarily stripped for officers investigating a theft report.

The Kingsport Times News reported that the 29-year-old worker at Sullivan East High School denied taking money from a co-worker's purse. The woman then told officers she'd strip to prove it.

Police told the woman disrobing wasn't necessary, but she took off her shoes and socks during the interview last week. She then removed the rest of her clothes and said, "See? I don't have it."

Police then checked a shoe she had removed, finding $27 stuffed beneath the insole.

The woman told officers the shoes belonged to her husband. She was charged with theft.


Firearms deer season opens today

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — Georgia deer hunters can begin taking to the woods this weekend with guns.

Firearms deer hunting season runs through Jan. 1 in the northern part of the state and through Jan. 15 in the southern half.

Archery and blackpowder season ran the two weeks before to firearms season.

John W. Bowers, chief of game management for the Wildlife Resources Division, said regulated hunting is the most cost-effective and efficient way to manage the state's deer herd.

During the 2012-13 firearms season, more than 295,000 hunters bagged more than 315,000 deer.

The statewide deer population is estimated at about 1 million deer.


Hearing waived in child-sales case

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee couple charged with selling their children to a sex film ring has waived their right to a detention hearing and will remain in custody until the case is completed.

The Citizen-Tribune reported that 40-year-old Connie Sue McCall and her husband, 61-year-old Ronnie Lee McCall, bypassed a hearing in Greenville on Tuesday.

A federal grand jury charged the McCalls with selling children for the purpose of creating child porn and other sex-related charges.

The alleged sex-related sale of their minor children was not final. At the time, their daughters' approximate ages were 5, 11, 14 and 16.

Washington County prosecutor Anthony W. Clark said the man who allegedly had sexual contact with the underage girls and filmed the encounters committed suicide.


Traffic deaths back on highway signs

NASHVILLE — Tennessee is resuming putting daily traffic death totals on signs over interstates throughout the state.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman John Schrorer told The Tennessean the idea is to bring the figure to the attention of everyone.

The figures had been posted only on Fridays for most of the year.

Deaths have spiked in the last half of the year, with monthly totals regularly topping 2012's tallies.

In the early months of the year, counts fell below the 2012 numbers.

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