Man drowns in Little River and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Man drowns in Little River and other news from areas around Chattanooga

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

Man drowns in Little River Canyon

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - A 19-year-old from Rome, Ga., drowned Saturday evening at Little River Canyon National Preserve, according to a news release.

Park Ranger Larry Beane said Ricardo Perez and his friends set out to swim Little River at Martha's Falls, but Perez went under the water and didn't come up.

The friends called rescue crews, who found Perez's body in nine feet of water just before 9 p.m.

In the release, park Superintendent Gail Bishop said this is the first drowning accident in 2013 although there have been four rescues in the river corridor this year.

Mowing crews schedule work

CARTERSVILLE, Ga.Crews from the Georgia Department of Transportation will be mowing along state highways this week. Work hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today through Thursday, weather permitting. Motorists are asked to use extra caution when work crews are present.

Catoosa County: SR 151

Chattooga County: SR 48, SR 157 and SR 337

Dade County: SR 136 and SR 299

Fannin County: SR 60 and SR 5

Floyd County: SR 20 and SR 100

Gordon County: SR 61 and SR 156

Pickens County: SR 53 and SR136

Walker County: SR 136.

Judge: Sex tape violated privacy

MARIETTA, Ga. - A Cobb County Superior Court Judge ruled Friday that a woman who secretly recorded herself engaged in a sex act with Waffle House CEO Joe Rogers illegally violated his privacy.

The Marietta Daily Journal reported Rogers' attorneys hope the ruling will lead to charges of sexual abuse being dismissed.

A former housekeeper for Rogers accused him of forcing her to perform sex acts with him to keep her job.

Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard learned that the woman was sent to a private investigator's office and was given a spy camera that was used to record in Rogers' bedroom without his consent.

Court documents say the woman also made 15 audio recordings of sexual encounters and kept a towel that held Rogers' DNA.

Dual enrollment no longer free

FLORENCE, Ala. High school students looking to earn college credit through a University of North Alabama program now will have to pay $100 per course to participate.

The dual enrollment program initially offered free courses, but university officials said the program has grown more than administrators anticipated.

John Thornell, vice president of academic affairs, told the TimesDaily of Florence that high school students took 800 courses at UNA during the 2012-13 academic year.