Male driver dies in one-car crash in Bradley County - and more Chattanooga region news

Male driver dies in one-car crash in Bradley County - and more Chattanooga region news

December 31st, 2013 by Staff Reports and Wire Service in Local Regional News

A midday accident proved fatal for a motorist near Cleveland.

A midday accident proved fatal for a motorist...

Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Times Free Press.

Male driver dies in one-car crash in Bradley County

BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. - The Bradley County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit is investigating a fatal single-car crash that occurred Monday morning on Georgetown Road (State Highway 60) just west of White Oak Valley Road, a news release states.

The driver, Randall Lewis Geren, 67, of Decatur, Tenn., died from his injuries. Geren was the only occupant of the vehicle.

The car was headed toward Cleveland when it left the road on a curve and struck a tree, officials said.

This is the eighth traffic death in Bradley County this year.

Police probe horse shooting

DYERSBURG, Tenn. - Investigators in Tennessee are looking into why someone shot and killed a horse on a farm.

Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box told The State Gazette a poacher may have mistaken the 3-year-old Appaloosa filly for wildlife and fired the fatal shot.

Box said the owners of the horse, valued at more than $2,500, found it dead Thursday morning from what appeared to be a small gunshot wound above its left eye.

Few Alabamians get new IDs

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Few Alabamians have obtained a new form of identification that many will need in less than a year if they want to take a domestic flight without carrying a passport.

State Trooper spokesman Steve Jarrett told the Montgomery Advertiser that less than 6,000 of Alabama's 3.8 million licensed drivers have obtained a STAR ID. That stands for Secure, Trusted and Reliable Identification.

The new IDs are Alabama's way to comply with the federal REAL ID law, which was enacted in 2005 as a security response to acts of terrorism.

People born after Dec. 1, 1964, will need one of the new IDs or a passport to board a domestic flight starting Dec. 1, 2014. People born before Dec. 1, 1964, will need the new ID or a passport starting Dec. 1, 2017.

Alabamians can apply at driver's license exam offices with the proper documents. That includes a document such as a certified birth certificate or passport that verifies a person's identity and date of birth, a document such as a Social Security card or W-2 income tax form that verifies a person's Social Security number, and a document such as a utility bill, mortgage contract or rental agreement that verifies the person's address.

Giant M&M now atop tower

ATLANTA A giant yellow M&M has been hoisted atop the structure used for Atlanta's Peach Drop New Year's Eve celebration downtown.

Organizers announced this year's celebration will include "a new twist," as a giant "M&M Peanut" will be featured alongside the peach. They say the 800-pound peach still will begin its descent shortly before midnight during the celebration at Underground Atlanta.