published Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Fire engulfs Rome buildings and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Fire engulfs Rome buildings

ROME, Ga. — Fire has engulfed two buildings in the Northwest Georgia city of Rome.

Authorities said the blaze broke out around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday at a doctor's office on North Fifth Avenue. They told CBS Atlanta that flames quickly spread from that building to a second structure next door.

WAGA-TV reported that one building had completely burned to the ground and the other one was still burning shortly before dawn Wednesday.

The fire was near some motels in the city and several streets north of Floyd Medical Center. Rome police had blocked off some roads and were asking motorists to avoid the area.

No injuries have been reported.

Rome is about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta.

911 worker helps dad on first day

TUCKER, Ga. — A Georgia 911 operator is being nominated for a national award for training a colleague, who took a call from her own family during her first day on the job and helped dispatch an ambulance to her father.

DeKalb County dispatcher Crystal Morrow tells WAGA-TV that she was surprised when she heard a familiar voice -- her aunt -- on the other end of an emergency call. Morrow's father had gone into diabetic shock.

Morrow said she walked her aunt through what she had to do, and also sent an ambulance to her father during the call on Aug. 6, 2013.

Operator Danielle Harvey, who had trained Morrow, is now a finalist in the third annual Smart Telecommunicator Awards from Framingham, Mass.-based technology firm Rave Mobile Safety.

Body found may be missing man

DYERSBURG, Tenn. — Dyersburg Police have tentatively identified human remains discovered by a turkey hunter on Tuesday as those of a Dyersburg man missing since 2012.

The State Gazette reports Curtis Tyler was 27 years old when he was last seen at a Dyersburg trailer park on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

Dyersburg Police Chief Art Heun said items found with the body lead them to believe it is Tyler's. However, they are awaiting the medical examiner's report for positive identification and cause of death.

Family members released a statement to the media saying words can't express the pain they have felt since Tyler went missing. They call Tyler a funny, kind-hearted person who "always kept a smile on his face no matter what was going on."

Traffic stop nets two arrests

IDER, Ala. — A traffic stop by a sheriff's deputy on County Road 732 in the Ider area of DeKalb County, Ala., on Tuesday night netted two arrests.

During the stop, Deputy Nathaniel Bates ran the driver's licenses of the three males in the vehicle, which revealed that Scotty Cuzzort, a passenger, had a felony warrant for probation violation out of Jackson County. Cuzzort was turned over to Jackson County authorities.

Bates, with consent to search the vehicle, also discovered a syringe, and Dustin Shae Roberts, 27, of Higdon, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Roberts is awaiting bond in the DeKalb County Detention Center.

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