News for Friday, April 25, 2014



INDIANAPOLIS — Several potential Republican presidential candidates have courted gun-rights supporters during the National Rifle Association's annual convention.

WASHINGTON — Suicides among Army National Guard and Reserve members increased last year, even as the number of active-duty troops across the military who took their own lives dropped by more than 15 percent, according to new data.

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner drew criticism from left and right Friday over comments mocking his own Republican lawmakers for their reluctance to take up immigration legislation, rekindling election-year debate on the contentious issue even as President Barack Obama weighs acting on his own.

NEW YORK — A hardy Hungarian hunting dog and a pet known as the "royal dog of Madagascar" will join the pack at the Westminster Kennel Club show next year, organizers announced Friday.

QUINCY, Mass. — Massachusetts firefighters leaped into action when a cab driver knocked on their door in the wee hours and said his passenger was having a baby.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — About 25 dead cats found in plastic bags hanging from trees in a New York suburb were apparently killed with blows to the head at various times over the past year, an investigator said Friday.

East Ridge Police responded to Belvoir Hills Estates Thursday at about 6:50 p.m. on a call about a “possible drowning.”

CLEVELAND, TN — A Cleveland toddler is proving doctors wrong just two months after a serious crash. Two-year-old Katie Barkley's story is one of remarkable strides to recovery. Doctors told her parents she'd be paralyzed for life, but Katie continues reaching milestones.

Tennessee has released 6-foot-8 forward Phil Cofer from the letter of intent he signed in November.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Forecasters are predicting a significant chance of strong tornadoes this weekend across a large part of the nation's mid-section, an outbreak that could stretch from the Great Plains to the Midwest and South.

Riverbend officials have announced the remaining lineup for this year’s festival, a list that includes Corey Smith, the Family Stone, the WannaBeatles, Arpetrio, the Weeks, Cody McCarver and nearly two dozen other acts.

Jesse Jackson stood before almost a dozen Chattanooga pastors, both black and white.

Volkswagen warned Tennessee officials during difficult negotiations over incentives to expand the German automaker’s lone U.S. plant that the company has already secured offers to build a new SUV elsewhere.

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron today called for an investigation into Gov. Bill Haslam administration’s withdrawal of a $300 million financial incentives offer to Volkswagen in light of new documents that he said contradict previous administration statements.

KENNESAW, Ga. — Police say a lockdown at Kennesaw State University in Georgia has been lifted after reports of a weapon in a man's pocket turned out to be a cellphone.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death inside a Connecticut high school today, and police took a teenage boy into custody and are investigating whether the attack stemmed from her turning down an invitation to be his prom date.

KNOXVILLE — Five months after the University of Tennessee scrapped a new dining plan that required a buy-in from off-campus students, the university is once again floating a similar proposal.

MEMPHIS — Memphis police say they have charged two men with a 20-year-old slaying after a creditable witness came forward.

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) — Voters in central Georgia's Peach County will vote next month on whether to allow Sunday sales of packaged beer and wine.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a 10 year-old Memphis girl who was shot in the head by her 13-year-old brother has died.

CLINTON — Apparently high on drugs, a Clinton man was nabbed while allegedly taking a break from burglarizing a residence and was found lying in his victim’s bed early Thursday, authorities said.

Pinewood Road, between Gunbarrel Road and Will Kelley Road, will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday and continuing daily until May 30 to allow for the installation of a gas line, the Chattanooga Transportation Department has announced.

OCEONTA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama district attorney says Instagram accounts posting photos of teenage girls in her county should be taken down.

A federal judge sentenced a 43-year-old Chattanooga man to 15 years on Thursday for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Future of college athletics seem as unknown as ever. The Northwestern thing and then the release from the NCAA you and David talked about today on Press Row. Crazy.

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A man carrying a gun in a holster prompted parents at a children's baseball game to halt play and round up the children behind a dugout, but authorities say no crime was committed.

Coca-Cola Bottling Company United today announced that Chattanooga is getting the $62 million distribution center which will create 43 new jobs and occupy the old Olan Mills site off Shepard Road near Highway 153.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is coming to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to deliver the Baker Distinguished Lecture on Energy and the Environment.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seth Meyers will take his late-night act to prime time as the next host of the Emmy Awards.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the West of plotting to control Ukraine and said the pro-Russian insurgents in the southeast would lay down their arms only if the Ukrainian government clears out the Maidan protest camp in the capital Kiev.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides across the military dropped by more than 15 percent last year, but new detailed data reveals an increase in the number of Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers who took their own lives.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The men's wheelchair basketball team training for the 2016 Paralympics is squeezing in a couple of practices during a swing through coastal Georgia.

The 2900 block of Westside Drive, between South Crest Road and East 29th Street, will be closed on today from noon until 4 p.m. to allow for an emergency tree removal project to be carried out.

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

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry.

Quick work by Chattanooga firefighters saved several businesses in downtown Chattanooga last night, according to a news release from the Chattanooga Fire Department.

ROME — Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square.

The founders of Chattanooga Whiskey are quietly prepping the May launch of Freedom Moonshine, an unaged rye whiskey that will compete with established conglomerates and backwoods bootleggers alike.

WASHINGTON — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, authorities said.

NEW YORK — Health officials are worried about recent U.S. measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996.

When she turned 13, America Burnette and her parents finally had "The Talk."

KNOXVILLE — The two iPhones sat on the coffee table in Donnie Tyndall's new office inside Thompson-Boling Arena, each continually buzzing right after the other in some sort of melody.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, one of the most celebrated black leaders of the past half-century but a lightning rod for criticism, is coming to Chattanooga today, even as the country’s largest neo-Nazi group assembles here to mark its 40th anniversary.

DALTON, Ga. — The hair is a bit more gray than it was in 2001, his build perhaps a pound or two heavier. Georgia football coach Mark Richt may even speak a wee bit more softly these days, if such a thing is possible.

When Fred Fletcher became a commander in the Austin Police Department and saw a growing risk to bicyclists from cars on the road ignoring the law, he asked a rookie officer for advice.

Tennessee, Vanderbilt and reigning league champion Auburn are among six Southeastern Conference football teams who are scheduled to kick off their 2014 seasons on the SEC Network.

Authorities have launched a homicide investigation into the death of a nearly 2-year-old Chattanooga boy after an autopsy found a lethal amount of a powerful painkiller in his bloodstream.

Tre' McLean had a restless night of sleep after University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball coach Will Wade sent him a text.

It was while walking off the Finley Stadium turf, before he even had processed the just-completed Blue/Gold spring game two weeks ago, that University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman began grousing.

The Chattanooga Lookouts were victorious at AT&T Field on Thursday night, defeating Birmingham 5-4 after playing six games in five days.

If Hamilton County residents notice specially marked SUVs cruising around their neighborhoods in the coming months, there is no reason to be alarmed.

The Signal Mountain boys' soccer team started Thursday evening's match 80 minutes away from a potential first-ever District 7-A/AA regular-season championship. Less than a minute in, they had inched closer with a one-goal advantage.

There were a number of former Bradley Central and Cleveland high school football players who didn't get to participate in the rivalry, which was stopped from 1993 to 2001 due to issues in the community.

The National Guard Armory on Holtzclaw Avenue on Thursday became a one-stop shop for homeless people to find services.

Q: I have been noticing more donation bins being set up around the city, and have heard issues with some benefiting local nonprofits and others that benefit out-of-area nonprofits.

  • April 25th, 2014  |
  • By By Jim Winsett
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For nearly 90 years, acreage along Bonny Oaks Drive — where The Dent House and University of Tennessee Extension Office are located — was home to hundreds of at-risk children.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander called on Volkswagen on Thursday to build its new sport utility vehicle in Chattanooga and "put all the fuss about the United Auto Workers election behind us."

More men died during training here for the Spanish-American War than fell during the nearly eight-month war.

A prosecutor has dismissed charges against the only man arrested in a 2012 shooting that left a man dead on Tunnel Boulevard.

Former East Ridge, Chattanooga State and Oklahoma State big man Philip Jurick is one of four new players signed by the Chattanooga RailRunners professional basketball team.

Picture two Youtube videos. One of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke giving a speech, and one of former Chattanooga mayor Ron Littlefield giving a speech.

A 21-year-old Chattanooga man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday for his role in a 2011 drive-by shooting death.

Q: Dad, should I listen to my bosses or my professors when it comes to what I should be learning for the future?

Really want to protest the Nazis?

Many children are familiar with windmills, especially the colorful pinwheel styles they can hold in their hands. But do they know the true value of the energy they generate?

As part of efforts to redevelop a portion of Market Street near downtown, city crews cut down trees in front of the Chattanooga Choo Choo and buildings across the street.

In the past month, we've seen two quiet but important moves by the Barack Obama administration to cede U.S. control over key institutions.

  • April 25th, 2014  |
  • By By Rep. Chuck Fleischmann

Three local artists selected for Tennessee Craft Fair

Thursday's front page of the Chattanooga Times Free Press was a snapshot of the confused world we live in.

Walter Williams compares the Affordable Care Act to Nazi Germany and quotes Rudolph Rummel: "The more power a government has, the more it can act according to the whims and desires of the elite."

The similarities between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama are many.

  • April 25th, 2014  |
  • By By Ron Hart
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Unemployment fell in metropolitan Chattanooga, Cleveland and Dalton, Ga., last month to the lowest levels since 2008 as the economy continued to bounce back from the worst downturn since World War II.

CapitalMark Bank and Trust more than doubled its first quarter earnings as loan volume swelled by nearly a third over the past year.

Hibbett Sporting Goods continues to make a bigger play for the Chattanooga market as it plans to open a new store this weekend in Brainerd and another on Signal Mountain Road within the next couple of months.

Eight area agencies and businesses are urging residents to dispose of unused prescription drugs during Saturday's 2014 drug take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Orlando F. Smith, 39, is the man shot multiple times at a home under construction south of Pikeville, Tenn., according to authorities in Bledsoe County, Tenn.

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