published Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Schools consider storing rifles and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Schools consider storing rifles

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A Georgia school system is considering storing rifles in safes inside school offices in case they are needed to defend students in a school shooting.

Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said the rifles would be placed at Gainesville High School, Gainesville Middle School and Wood's Mill Academy.

Dyer said the weapons would be locked in safes in the offices of school resource officers. She said all school resource officers are armed, but recent training showed that handguns they carry would not be effective in long hallways or corridors.

The Times of Gainesville reported Gainesville police had approached the schools about the idea in April.

The school board is expected to vote on the issue in October.


License plate show coming

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The regional chapter of the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association will hold its 24th annual license plate show Sept. 28 in Cleveland from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Tri-State Exhibition Center's exhibit hall.

Hosted by the association's Appalachian Foothills Region, it is the oldest such show in Tennessee.

Prospective members and guests are welcome to attend at no charge, according to a news release.

The exhibition center is just off Interstate 75 at exit 20.

For more information, call Joe Sharp at 423-559-0836.


Boy, 4, killed in ATV accident

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Police are investigating after a 4-year-old boy died in an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle.

The Times-News cited Kingsport police in reporting that the child was playing around the parked vehicle and somehow dislodged it. Police say the ATV began rolling down a slope and hit the child, pinning him to a nearby home.

No charges were filed Tuesday, and no names were released.


Attorney indicted on theft count

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. — A Winchester, Tenn., attorney surrendered to authorities Wednesday afternoon after his indictment by the Franklin County grand jury on a theft count.

Joseph Bean Jr., 41, was indicted on one count of theft of property over $10,000 after an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a news release states.

Between October 2009 and March 2012, Bean, who was the court-appointed conservator over the estate of the victim, stole more than $42,000 from her conservatorship account, authorities said. The victim is now deceased, authorities said.

In May, the 12th Judicial District Attorney General's Office asked the TBI to investigate after the attorney over the victim's estate reported it. Bean was booked into the Franklin County Jail on $7,500 bond.

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