Spay-neuter day set for Tuesday and other Chattanooga area news

Spay-neuter day set for Tuesday and other Chattanooga area news

June 18th, 2012 by Staff Reports and Associated Press in News

Spay-neuter day set Tuesday

DECATUR, Tenn. - The Citizens for Animal Rights and Education will hold a low-cost spay-neuter day for dogs and cats Tuesday.

Fees are $50 for dogs, $40 for cats. Rabies shots, $12, are required for pets without proof of current vaccination. Other low-cost services are available.

Appointments are required. Call 423-334-9451.

Mowing crews working highways

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Transportation will have mowing crews at work this week on North Georgia state highways.

GDOT spokesman Mohamed Arafa said work will be performed between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. today through Friday, weather permitting.

• Dade County: Highways 157 and 189

• Gordon County: Highway 136

• Murray County: Highways 225 and 286

• Walker County: Highways 2 and 193

• Whitfield County: Highway 201

Crews also will be patching asphalt on Highway 58 in Dade County today through Thursday.

Soldiers return on Father's Day

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Nearly 100 soldiers deployed overseas were scheduled to return to Fort Campbell on Father's Day.

WSMV-TV in Nashville reported that soldiers from the 227th Quartermaster Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and 101st Sustainment Brigade were scheduled to arrive Sunday night.

Digital textbooks online for schools

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville's school superintendent says the district is preparing for the first major transition in the country from paper to digital textbooks.

The Huntstville Times reported the district is collaborating with Pearson Education. Superintendent Casey Wardynski said when school starts in August, all students will have either a laptop or tablet to support their learning.

Wardynski said the district now pays about $5 million per year for textbooks. The digital texts will cost about $3.2 million in the first year, $4.2 million in the second year and $2.5 million annually after that.

Asbestos closes federal building

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Federal officials say they have closed the federal building in Oak Ridge indefinitely after asbestos was found during a semiannual inspection.

The building houses about 350 Department of Energy workers but also has offices for contractors and the Oak Ridge staff of U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.