Missing man found dead and other news from the areas around Chattanooga

Missing man found dead and other news from the areas around Chattanooga

November 1st, 2012 by Staff Reports and Associated Press in Local Regional News

Missing man found dead

JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. - A Scottsboro, Ala., man reported missing last week has been found dead, Jackson County authorities said Wednesday.

Michael Richard Harden, 25, last was seen Tuesday morning at the Fabuis Coal Mines in Flat Rock.

His body was recovered in a wooded area in the old mines during a search by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and volunteers from about 10 rescue squads and fire departments, sheriff's office spokesman Rocky Harnen said.

A preliminary autopsy report found that the probable cause of death was drowning, but a final report is pending toxicology results, Harnen said

Treasurer held on theft charge

GADSDEN, Ala. - Investigators say the treasurer of the Etowah County Rescue Squad is charged with stealing more than $96,000 from the organization.

Sheriff's officials say 26-year-old Josiah Lee Hickman, of Tidmore Bend, is charged with a theft by deception.

He was relieved of the treasurer's job and is being held in the Etowah County Jail.

Sheriff's Capt. Shane Hartley said Wednesday a total of $96,652 was embezzled from the rescue squad over an 18-month period.

Power outage set Wednesday

ROCKWOOD, Tenn. - About 60 Roane County customers of Rockwood Electric Utility will experience a temporary power interruption on Wednesday while the Tennessee Valley Authority replaces equipment at a substation.

The outage will begin, weather permitting, about 10 a.m. and last about four hours.

Although power will be rerouted to most customers, it will be interrupted to Rockwood Electric customers in the Roane Cardiff Valley Industrial Park, all of Furnace Avenue and Zumstein Drive, as well as the 600-800 blocks of North Trinity and West Dunn Streets, according to TVA spokesman Travis Brickey.

Terry qualifies for write-in effort

WHITWELL, Tenn. - Whitwell resident Stacy Terry has qualified to run as a write-in candidate for one of three open seats on the Whitwell City Commission, according to election officials.

Terry will face Steve Atterton, Cindy Holland Easterly, Harry M. Holland, Jim W. Nunley and Jean Roundtree, whose names will be on the ballot.

Dalton school gets obesity grant

ATLANTA - Twenty-one schools, including Valley Point Elementary in Dalton, Ga., are receiving grants to help fight childhood obesity.

Valley Point will get $3,000 to develop physical education and nutrition plans.