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A 26-year-old man initially crashed his car at the 800 block of Chestnut Street downtown and continued to drive, until he got into a second crash on Rossville Avenue early Sunday morning, according to Tim McFarland, the public information officer for the Chattanooga Police Department.

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

The section of the Tennessee Riverwalk that has been closed for repairs will reopen at 3 p.m. today, county spokesman Mike Dunne said.

JERUSALEM — An open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip was holding Wednesday, as many people on both sides of the conflict wondered what was gained during 50 days of fighting.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Have you ever been hurt in a company softball or kickball game? The South Carolina Supreme Court says you may be entitled to workers' compensation.

The Cleveland Police Department has identified a third suspect in the burglaries of several Cleveland churches.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials say the state's School Bond Authority has just completed the sale of $345 million in higher education facilities bonds at historically low rates.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama is leading the nation in improvements on Advanced Placement tests used to qualify high school students for college credits.

The curb lane of northbound 200 Market Street and the eastbound direction of East Aquarium Way between Market Street and Cherry Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday for signage installation.

NASHVILLE — George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.

NASHVILLE — General Motors is moving production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to a factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

A Chattanooga man has been charge with attempted murder in the shooting Tuesday of a 15-year-old boy on Taylor Street.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.

Long time Hamilton County Commissioner Fred Skillern dropped the gavel for the last time today.

The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department put out a fire caused by a cigarette left in a trashcan last night.

NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner Cable says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours on Wednesday morning.

City and county officials have abandoned plans to move the local law enforcement firing range from its decades-old home on Moccasin Bend to a proposed $5 million indoor shooting range on East 12th Street.

RENO, Nev.— Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist continued his political comeback Tuesday as Democratic voters selected him as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida, one of four states where voters were choosing candidates for statewide office.

DALLAS — In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust — holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods.

WASHINGTON — As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, history suggests there's no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction.

MONROVIA, Liberia — Ebola still has the "upper hand" in the outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, but experts have the means to stop it, a top American health official said during a visit to the hardest-hit countries.

WASHINGTON — The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power would significantly degrade what some have called a "terrorist army."

WASHINGTON — A century and a half after his valiant death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs.

WASHINGTON — Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

MEXICO CITY — Two lost Maya cities recently uncovered by an international team of scientists in Mexico could help decipher the story of the empire's early capitals to the south that were eventually abandoned for large cities on the Yucatan peninsula.

KNOXVILLE — The Austin Peay football team won't be walking through Neyland Stadium's doors Sunday night.

Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant could become ground zero again for U.S. organized labor efforts as a group of anti-United Auto Workers employees moves ahead with its own unionizing initiative.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has said it before this summer. Said it quite often, actually. But the words carried a bit more weight a mere five days from the Volunteers' season opener against Utah State on Sunday evening.

Just days before TennCare leaders head to court over accusations that state failures have created months-long delays in coverage, the agency’s director faced questions from lawmakers about the unfinished computer system that led to those delays.

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia's focus has shifted from preseason optimism to Saturday's opening challenge against visiting Clemson.

The Chattanooga City Council voted Tuesday to keep future retirees who are re-employed by the city from dipping into their current retirement while contributing to a new city pension.

NEW YORK — Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer and ran down one ball after another in center field, sending Dillon Gee and the New York Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Dalton, Ga., police say a teenager has been going around town, presenting his privates to women in public places.

OK, here we are, after a weekend in which Michael Sam's sack made some guy on Twitter famous because he declared bankruptcy for pledging to buy the world a drink if Sam sacked Johnny Manziel and did the money finger salute.

NASHVILLE — A Republican state lawmaker on Tuesday called Gov. Bill Haslam a “traitor to the party” over what he called efforts by a political action committee run by supporters to defeat opponents of Common Core education standards.

One of the most powerful rituals in our society is the burial ceremony of a veteran.

The 2014 college football season awaits.

United Way of Greater Chattanooga Chairman Tom Glenn announced Tuesday the campaign goal is to raise $12 million in 2014, with a stretch goal of $12.2 million.

The second suspect in several Cleveland church burglaries, 25-year-old Clint Alan Neice, was arrested in Asheville, N.C., on Tuesday, according to Sgt. Dave Romick of the Asheville Police Department.

With the same captivated devotion of a woman watching "The Bachelor," Dee Virgin has spent countless hours bleary-eyed in front of a video screen. Knowing the stout challenge he is about to face, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore cornerback has studied as many highlights of Central Michigan star receiver Titus Davis as possible.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The 48-year-old steeple of the former First Baptist Church in downtown Cleveland was removed Tuesday and will be preserved by Check Into Cash founder and CEO Allan Jones.

KNOXVILLE — There was little in the way of surprise regarding the two-deep chart the Tennessee football program released Monday afternoon, except maybe for the player who emerged from the pack at punt returner.

A Dalton, Ga., woman told police that her husband threw her to the ground Monday night, pointed a shotgun at her head and threatened to kill her.

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia's pipeline of tight ends during the Mark Richt era has included Ben Watson, Leonard Pope, Orson Charles and Arthur Lynch.

A suspect is wanted by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office for a reported carjacking that took place at the 58 Mart located at 8909 Highway 58 on Sunday.

Monday marks the unofficial end of summer. Families and friends gather on Labor Day for one last hurrah before kids really knuckle down to the new school year and their parents — the workforce to whom the national holiday pays tribute — return to their jobs after a long weekend.

The Honors Course is not Tim Jackson's home golf course.

A Hixson shopping center hit by the Great Recession and store shifts has regained its footing with new additions, including a first-in-the-market Burkes Outlet.

JASPER, Tenn. — The Jasper Public Library is in need of two costly upgrades, and city leaders are examining the potential costs.

For a sixth go-round, builders, developers and Chattanooga officials will meet to talk about the weather — rain specifically.

If you've heard it once, you've heard it half a million times ... before you buy a new food product, look at the label and read the ingredients. Unless you're a food scientist, though, it's hard to know what's what. Do you have any idea what butylated hydroxytolune is? And what about Blue Dye 1? It's not for Easter eggs, that's for sure.

Let's review the league. As always, we'll list these in the order of our personal power ranking:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved a plan Tuesday to allow nuclear wastes to be stored on site at nuclear plants, ending a two-year suspension of new plant licenses over waste concerns and clearing the way for the Tennessee Valley Authority to add another reactor at its Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.

Georgia will be working with its bordering states to reduce the number of people who are driving under the influence this holiday weekend as a part of the national Hands Across the Border initiative.

Exchange traded funds have gained tremendously in popularity over the past 20 years with both professional and individual investors. Yet questions still arise frequently as to how an ETF differs from a conventional mutual fund.

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  • By Chris Hopkins

A couple of days rest did a lot of good for the GPS soccer team.

A 15-year-old black male came into Erlanger hospital this evening about 7:30 p.m. with a single gunshot wound to his right shoulder, according to a news release from the Chattanooga Police Department.

Welcome to Fare Exchange and to the questions of the day. For starters, we are looking for rice pilaf, Greek chicken, shrimp and grits as served by TerraMae Appalachian Bistro, and where to find the best regional food in Chattanooga.

  • Aug. 27th, 2014  |
  • By Jane Henegar

TTI Floor Care North America, which bought Oreck Co. out of bankruptcy last summer, plans to expand Oreck's Cookeville, Tenn.,plant and add 211 jobs over the next five years.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Chattanooga Lookouts are in a tie for first place after beating the Jackson Generals 8-2 on Tuesday night.

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been kidnapped by the militant group.

Long before Andy Berke became mayor of Chattanooga and proposed a Baby College to teach parents how to care for their 0- to 3-year-old children so they are healthy and prepared to learn, the United Way of Greater Chattanooga was doing similar work.

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A committee's work to study police promotion methods has turned up an interesting and continuing need, especially in light of racial strains illuminated recently in Ferguson, Mo., where only about 6 percent of the 50-member police force is minority in a town that is almost 70 percent black.

Will somebody tell me how Germany, with slightly more than one-third our population, a highly unionized workforce and taxes almost double ours, can be ahead of us and second only to China in exports?

A new statewide survey shows more than two-thirds of Tennesseans believe new EPA controls on carbon emissions from coal and oil facilities will reduce pollution and help public health.

GADSDEN, Ala. — The trial of an Etowah County woman accused of making her granddaughter run until she collapsed and died has been rescheduled.

Girls Preparatory School tennis coach Sue Bartlett went back to her native England last week and won singles and doubles titles in the British Senior Grass Court Championships at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club, where Wimbledon is played.

NEW YORK — Some Burger King customers are finding it hard to swallow that the home of the Whopper could move to Canada.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed a hair above 2,000 points Tuesday, 16 years after it finished above 1,000 for the first time.

While three Chattanooga chefs have offered their suggestions for Labor Day food, there's always room for more. Here are a couple of sides to complement whatever else you have on the menu.

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