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A single-car crash on state Highway 108 in Marion County early Sunday claimed the lives of two Grundy County residents

Monroe County, Tenn., officials have four months to fill the county sheriff’s position after Randy White’s August election was voided by a Chancery Court order.

The Coffee County, Tenn., man accused in the 2012 slaying of 24-year-old Tullahoma nursing student Erika Megan Sharpton faces a court hearing in November on his motion to withdraw his guilty plea to a murder charge.

Newly-elected Monroe County Sheriff Randy White is out of a job after a ruling by a Chancery Court judge voided his August election to the post.

A Tullahoma, Tenn., man who named himself a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, and threatened to burn his neighbors' homes and behead them remains behind bars in Coffee County awaiting a date in court.

Even after he knew he was under investigation, authorities said a Dayton, Tenn., man continued to view child pornography at his home, where he is said to have amassed thousands of illegal images.

A Dayton man is due in federal court tomorrow for a bond hearing on child porn charges after his arrest by Rhea County and federal authorities.

No court dates are set and the men charged in a DeKalb County, Ala., slaying remain behind bars without bond in the Saturday shooting death of a 36-year-old Fyffe man, according to officials.

Scientists and engineers in the tri-state region working on a future Mars mission will test their mettle in December with a space shot.

The pair charged in the November 2012 slaying of former Jo Dee Messina stage manager Thomas Colucci face a January trial date in Coffee County, Tenn.

A $433,531 bridge replacement project on the north end of Dayton, Tenn., will divert traffic onto detour routes until next May, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Federal wildlife officials seek help in rabies operation

Vaccine baiting under way across region

In response to a localized outbreak of rabies in Jackson County, Ala., that began in May, federal wildlife officials are asking for the public's help in determining whether the deadly disease is spreading, particularly among raccoons.

Traffic flow returned to normal Tuesday about 13 hours after a rock slide closed U.S. Highway 64 east of the Greasy Creek Bridge near the eastern end of Polk County's Lake Ocoee.

Polk County and state officials say one lane is open on U.S. Highway 64 where a rock slide that happened earlier this morning is obstructing traffic.

Authorities in Georgia and Tennessee say that a man who has stood before church congregations in the region to tell his bad-luck story has been duping good-hearted people out of their money.

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — A mystery that unfolded more than 1,000 miles from a remote cemetery in Coffee County, has led back to a Confederate soldier who survived the war and returned to farm the pastoral countryside west of Manchester like his father.

A geocaching stash box triggered a bomb scare Monday in Manchester, Tenn., that closed down a quarter-mile of Hillsboro Boulevard and caused the evacuation of the Jiffy Burger, Hardee's and the Manchester Public Library for about four hours.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — When I heard Willie and Renee Jenkins had a restaurant called Yesterday’s at Willie’s Deli in the same little strip mall that used to house Jenkins, the 1980s iteration that went by their last name, I thought the place might jog some memories even if it wasn’t the restaurant I remember.

The arborist who analyzed the Norway maple on the Jackson County, Ala., courthouse lawn says the 80- to 100-year-old tree poses a safety hazard and needs to come down.

New Grundy County, Tenn., Sheriff Clint Shrum, who took his post Sept. 1, has spent the month getting started with a clean slate, beginning with an evidence room audit and policy updates.

When the colors of fall 2015 on Sand Mountain become the backdrop for the Alabama Highway 35 bridge over the Tennessee River at Scottsboro, the $54.9 million project to replace the 84-year-old B.B. Comer Bridge should be complete, state officials say.

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. -- While the official verdict isn't in, the end seems inevitable for the Jackson County Courthouse's last maple tree.

As summer drifts into fall and homeowners start raking up leaves to burn, state forestry officials in Chattanooga’s tri-state region are reminding people that they’ll need a burn permit starting in October and continuing through next spring.

HALETOWN, Tenn. — Haletown resident Chris McNabb was born 53 years ago on the old U.S. Highway 41 bridge over the Tennessee River.

Rhea Middle School continues to dry out, but students and teachers are back in the classrooms today after up to 50,000 gallons of water leaked into the school's main hallway early Saturday.

The man charged in Marion County, Tenn., in the 2012 death of his 3-month-old son continues to hold out against extradition as state officials seek a governor's warrant.

People in nearby rural communities are struggling with getting health care despite ongoing efforts to boost health insurance enrollment through the Affordable Care Act.

A trial date has been set for the couple charged in the August 2013 death of 5-year-old Spring City, Tenn., boy Landon Robbins.

Just the name World of Beer makes the taste buds start longing for something cold and sudsy.

The last time a police officer died in Chattanooga, the gunman was wearing a bulletproof vest and brandishing two guns. Police shot the gunman multiple times with their service weapons, but he didn't go down.

TRACY CITY, Tenn. — As motorists enter Tracy City from Monteagle in Grundy County, a time warp lies just to their right.

DAYTON, Tenn. — A probe by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will follow the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old Spring City man by a Rhea County deputy sheriff early Friday.

A Rhea County, Tenn., sheriff's deputy fatally shot a 23-year-old man who took a weapon from another deputy early this morning in the Rhea Medical Center emergency room, officials said.

Tennessee State Parks officials want to hear from the public on current business and management plans for Fall Creek Falls State Park on the Bledsoe-Van Buren county line.

When Bledsoe County's Justin Angel took the oath of office Friday evening to assume his seat as a 12th Judicial District Circuit Court judge he marked some milestones, at least as far as recent history is concerned.

Funeral services today for long-lost World War II veteran Cecil E. Harris closed quietly just after noon with the playing of Amazing Grace as family and friends remembered the U.S. Army private from Tennessee who gave all.

From a leaf-strewn grave on a French hillside to a flag-draped casket in a Tennessee church, U.S. Army Pfc. Cecil E. Harris' seven-decade journey made one final stop in Chattanooga on Friday en route to his final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery.

The body of U.S. Army PFC Cecil E. Harris, who was killed in France in 1945 and missing until last September, is scheduled to land on Tennessee soil today at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville at 11:06 a.m.

Sequatchie County, Tenn., property owners will have to pony up almost 10 percent more in property taxes after a vote to increase the rate by 21 cents.

PIKEVILLE, Tenn. — If you want reliably good, clean water to drink in northwest Bledsoe County, you have to go to prison.

Folks with disabilities now have a new place where they can wet a line and take in the beauty of Lake Guntersville, thanks to a pier project at the city-owned Goose Pond Colony Resort in Scottsboro, Ala.

A Jackson County, Ala., deputy was forced to shoot a man Thursday at a home in Bryant where authorities were called to investigate a domestic disturbance, authorities said.

A Jackson County, Ala., deputy was reportedly forced to shoot a man Thursday at a home in Bryant where authorities were called to investigate a domestic disturbance.

Walker County, Ga., Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell is proposing a 59-percent increase on county portion of property tax millage rates to generate money she says is needed to keep pace with increasing expenses and state requirements.

ATHENS, Tenn. — A series of judicial battles that started in 2010 with Walter F. Fitzpatrick's attempt to have President Obama indicted over the "birther" issue came to a close Tuesday when the retired Navy commander was led off to prison in handcuffs.

The man who in 2010 tried to have the Monroe County grand jury foreman arrested was sentenced on Tuesday by a McMinn County judge to three years in prison on more recent extortion and perjury charges stemming from a June jury conviction in Athens.

A local developer wants to resurrect the state-owned Old Stone Fort Golf Course site in Manchester, Tenn., with the idea of offering up the links to the public, particularly senior citizens, women and youths.

Parts of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama in the Chattanooga region are being targeted for rabies vaccination bait drops this fall in an overall battle against the disease and to fight off what federal officials say is a "small outbreak" in Northeast Alabama.

The father charged last week in Marion County, Tenn., in the 2012 death of his 3-month-old son is fighting extradition from Georgia where he lives.

The case of a Sequatchie County, Tenn., man charged in May with shooting another man in the legs with an assault weapon has been bound over to a grand jury.

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