published Sunday, July 6th, 2014

TBI investigating death of man in custody

TBI investigating death of man in custody

LOUDON, Tenn. — Officials are investigating what happened before a man died in Tennessee Highway Patrol custody in Loudon County.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine told the Knoxville News Sentinel the death happened after 33-year-old Kevin Courtner became “combative” following a chase on Interstate 40 Friday afternoon.

DeVine said Courtner was arrested around 3:15 p.m. near the intersection of I-40 East and I-75.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Miller declined to discuss the case and referred all questions to the TBI.

District Attorney General Russell Johnson requested the investigation.

English language camp set at Lee

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Lee University English Language Center will offer a free English language camp July 14-18, according to a news release.

The camp is for rising first- through sixth-graders and will focus on the development of writing, reading, speaking and listening skills through interactive crafts and activities. All children who are not native English speakers are welcome to attend. Lunch and snacks will be served daily.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m.–2:45 p.m. daily in the Walker Memorial Building on Lee’s campus.

Enrollment will be limited to the first 30 children who sign up, so early registration is encouraged

For more information or to register, contact Dr. Chris Blake at 423-614-8223 or

Historical society schedules picnic

SHERWOOD, Tenn. — The Franklin County Historical Society will hold its annual covered-dish picnic in the historic community of Sherwood, Tenn.

The event is set for 6 p.m. CDT July 21 in the garden of Epiphany Mission. The Rev. Bill Barton will discuss the mission and local historian Jarod Pearson, of Cowan, will talk about the missionaries who struggled to establish churches in the rugged terrain of the South Cumberland area. Non-member guests are welcome.

Society members from Sherwood and Crow Creek will be on hand at 5 p.m. to conduct informal tours of sites of historical interest, including the Epiphany church building and gardens; the home of town founder Charles D. Sherwood and the Sherwood Cemetery.

McDonald’s tests app in Columbus area

COLUMBUS, Ga. — McDonald’s is trying out an app in Columbus allowing people to use their smart phones to order food, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports.

Customers can download the McDonald’s ordering app for an iPhone or Android device and connect it to a credit card for payment. Mobile ordering stations have been installed at Columbus-area restaurants.

Directions tell customers to create their order in the app, scan a code at the ordering station and then submit the order and pay. Customers can pick up the food inside the restaurant or have it delivered to their cars.

A McDonald’s spokeswoman told the newspaper that the technology is being tested in a few markets.

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