Lee University seeks new nursing program and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Lee University seeks new nursing program and other news from areas around Chattanooga

February 23rd, 2013 by Staff Reports and Associated Press in Local Regional News

A Lee University sign on campus.

A Lee University sign on campus.

Photo by Dan McLaughlin

Lee seeks new nursing program

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Lee University in Cleveland wants to start a four-year nursing program.

University President Paul Conn said Thursday there are a lot of steps to take to make the program a reality.

Lee chief academic officer Dr. Carolyn Dirksen has begun a national search for a director of nursing, who will be hired within the next few months.

School officials hope to have the program available for students in the fall of 2014, the Cleveland Daily Banner reported.

Parking rule rankles truckers

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - Truckers nationwide have railed against a Warner Robins ordinance aimed at banning long-term parking in city lots.

City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday banning trucks from parking for more than two hours without permission from the owner of the lot. Truckers are ordered to take 10-hour rest breaks, and the city is home to several large industrial companies and a military base.

Councilman Mike Brashear and other city officials told the Telegraph of Macon they've received messages from truckers from across the country looking to weigh in on the ordinance.

City officials say the ordinance stemmed from concerns over prostitution and public nuisances. Business owners say that hasn't been a problem.

City officials say they will reach out to truckers at a council meeting Tuesday.

Inventions set record at Y-12

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Officials at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge are celebrating a record year for employees receiving patents.

Eleven U.S. Patents and Trademark Office patents were awarded to workers in 2012. A dozen employees were recognized. Another 74 workers were honored for submitting invention disclosures.

Nine-year Y-12 employee Paul Vanatta said he and Rusty Hallman began working on a moisture blending system in 2007 to fulfill a need at the government weapons plant. Vanatta said he and Hallman are working to transfer the process to the private sector.

Man freed from escalator

ATLANTA - A man is recovering after his foot became caught in an escalator at an Atlanta shopping center, leading to an hourlong effort to free him.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported firefighters used heavy equipment to remove the unidentified man's right foot from the escalator in a parking deck at Phipps Plaza on Thursday.

Atlanta fire Capt. Marian McDaniel said the man, who is in his 30s, was at the mall to work on the sprinkler system. McDaniel said he was carrying a ladder up the escalator when the ladder somehow slipped and "created a wedge in the stairs of the escalator" where his foot became stuck.