Tennessee parks get $1.6 million and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Tennessee parks get $1.6 million and other news from areas around Chattanooga

August 17th, 2013 by Staff Reports and Associated Press in Local Regional News

Tennessee parks get $1.6 million

NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam is awarding more than $1.6 million in grants to improve Tennessee parks and recreational areas.

The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded program established to distribute funding for diverse recreation trail projects. Twelve grants are being awarded.

Haslam said the grants assist local governments and organizations in improving community amenities such as trails, greenways and recreational facilities.

Funding for the grants is provided by the Federal Highway Administration.

Housing authority check probed

FORT OGLETHORPE - The Fort Oglethorpe Housing Authority may have been the victim of a recent check forgery.

According to a city police report, an unnamed complainant alleged that a man identified by police as 31-year-old Douglas Chad Brown wrote a Housing Authority check on May 3 at G&B Tire at 1335 LaFayette Road.

The complainant "stated that the offender cashed the check at the business for two hundred dollars. The check was passed to the tire store owner Glen Brom, who made a copy of the offender's driver's license and of the check," the report dated Aug. 9 states.

The incident is under investigation by the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office, as it occurred outside Fort Oglethorpe's jurisdiction, Fort Oglethorpe Chief of Police Jeff Holcomb said.

At this week's Fort Oglethorpe City Council meeting, Mayor Lynn Long asked Housing Authority Board Chairman Harold Reed to call a meeting. Long said he also had the city attorney hand-deliver Reed a letter asking him to call a meeting.

"If [Reed] does not call a meeting, the next step is the members of the Housing Authority will send him a letter and demand he call a meeting," Long said. "If he refuses, we will take court action to make sure he does."

Long said he was aware of the check forgery investigation but could not comment. Reed declined to comment.

Jurors acquit Clayton sheriff

JONESBORO, Ga. - Jurors on Thursday acquitted Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill of 27 felony charges including theft and giving false statements, clearing the way for him to resume his law enforcement career after a racketeering trial that had threatened to end it.

Testimony in the trial lasted four days, and Hill did not take the stand. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the jury deliberated for two hours Wednesday and then all of Thursday before returning its verdict.

Hill was elected last year despite being under indictment on felony corruption charges.