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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A drone carrying cellphones, marijuana and other contraband into a South Carolina maximum-security prison never made it inside the 12-foot-high razor wire fence, and authorities said Wednesday they are looking for one of two people accused in connection with trying to sneak it in.

Chattanooga-based Unum Group grew at a brisk pace in the second quarter, brushing aside the memory of previous years that saw rising profits but slipping revenues.

DONETSK, Ukraine — Almost two weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down, clashes on Wednesday between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site to recover remains still baking in midsummer heat in farm fields — deepening frustration for victims' relatives and the governments whose citizens died.

MACON, Ga. — Bibb County sheriff's officials say a deputy accused of soliciting a teenage girl for sex has been arrested.

JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip — An Israeli airstrike hit a crowded Gaza shopping area on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 150, hours after Israeli tank shells slammed into a U.N. school sheltering displaced Palestinians, killing 15 people, Gaza health officials said.

In a radio ad posted on the Shelby County Democratic Party’s website, party chairman Bryan Carson alleges racism in Mayor Mark Luttrell’s administration, tracing it to audio of a 2003 fire fighters union meeting presided over by interim county fire chief Dale Burress, a Luttrell appointee, in which a racial slur was used by an unidentified man.

BERLIN — Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles.

Authorities arrested a man who allegedly stopped traffic to stab himself Tuesday afternoon in Morristown, officials said.

NASHVILLE - Republican Joe Carr spent about $100,000 on television advertising from July 1 through July 18, but the Tea Party favorite's buy was exceeded 11-fold by his GOP primary target, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, disclosures show.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — When neighbors in Kingsport went to help a man whose home bore the brunt of a tornado, they made a discovery police say couldn't have been caused by the wind.

Hamilton County schoolchildren improved their TCAP test scores this year in seven of 11 categories, according to results released by the Tennessee Department of Education, but the gains were concentrated in the upper levels.

Chattanooga police have identified a 22-year-old man who was shot in the knee at 262 W. 38th St. about 5 p.m. Monday.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A movie theater chain says it's reviewing complaints after its Augusta theater showed scenes from the R-rated film "Sex Tape" instead of the children's movie "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" in a summer movie program for youngsters.

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