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Investigators are still working to establish where a 46-year-old woman found dead in the passenger seat of a Winchester, Tenn., man's car was killed.

The storms that struck Northeast Alabama and South Central Tennessee on April 28 produced the fourth-largest tornado outbreak in North Alabama history, officials said.

An informal memorial event for Scott Crisp, a widely-known traditional Cherokee dancer, storyteller and historian of Cherokee lore and culture who died suddenly on Monday, is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday at Red Clay State Park in South Bradley County.

Almost 40 people were arrested Wednesday on more than 130 drug-related charges after a four-month investigation by the Etowah, Tenn., police department.

A four-month investigation by the Etowah Police Department resulted more than 130 charges landing almost 40 people in jail Wednesday on a variety of drug charges.

Scott Crisp will never pound the earth with the Cherokee bear dance again.

Voters in North Georgia Republican primaries decided the Senate District 53 and House District 2 seats for the next term.

In the GOP primary for state House District 1, early results show former Dade County Commissioner Robert Goff making a comeback in the three-way race with incumbent John Deffenbaugh and fellow challenger Alan Painter.

Early election results show incumbent John Deffenbaugh leading Robert Goff and Alan Painter in the state House District 1 Republican primary. Deffenbaugh had 155 votes with Painter following with 87 and Goff a distant third with 46 votes.

Marion County and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents are still sorting out what happened to a Chickamauga, Ga., woman whose body was found by a fisherman Saturday morning in Nickajack Lake.

The body found Saturday floating in Nickajack Lake near the U.S. Highway 41 bridge in Marion County has been identified as Shanna Leigh, 50, of Chickamauga, Ga., according to officials.

People who have spent most of their lives on the easternmost piece of U.S. Highway 41 in Marion County say Aetna Mountain's going to win the battle for the pavement.

A Middle Tennessee pain clinic doctor, targeted last month in a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into overprescribing, says restrictions are strangling supplies of pain medications in rural communities and are causing misguided investigations of some pain management doctors.

A Sequatchie County, Tenn., man underwent surgery on Thursday for multiple gunshot wounds to his legs, and another man remains behind bars today on attempted murder charges.

The identities of the victim and suspect in the shooting Wednesday in Sequatchie County have been released.

The Tullahoma Regional Airport in Coffee County, Tenn., will see $2 million in improvement projects launched by the end of summer.

Word of firings started getting out on Wednesday in the wake of Tuesday primaries in Grundy County, Tenn.

National Weather Service meteorologists have confirmed two more tornado tracks in Northeast Alabama, an EF1 in strength and an EF2, both touching down during the deadly storms that hit the area April 28.

Just about everything about this town’s Jiffy Burger lends itself to a seasoning-filled air of authenticity.

There will be a new sheriff in at least one Tennessee town after incumbents in Bledsoe, Grundy and McMinn counties defended their posts in primary races across the Chattanooga region.

In McMinn County early voting counts only, incumbent Sheriff Joe Guy is leading challenger Tim Smith 2,449 to 1,349 in the Republican primary there.

Early election tallies in Bledsoe County show incumbent Sheriff Jimmy Morris leading challenger Gary Johnson by 533 votes to 356 votes with six of 12 precincts reporting, and including early and absentee ballots.

Early and absentee election tallies in Altamont, Tenn., show incumbent Grundy County Sheriff Brent Myers is trailing Lindell Clint Shrum with the third contestant,

The TBI is investigating a couple of missing seized weapons at the Athens Police Department at the request of its police chief.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — People who lived in the tri-state region on April 3, 1974, probably remember exactly where they were during the super outbreak of tornadoes that killed 150 people in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

There is only one contested race in Marion County's Republican primary but the Democratic primary is loaded with battles for county mayor, County Commission, Juvenile Court judge, county clerk, trustee and register of deeds.

Editor's note: A twister that was part of the Super Outbreak of 1974 did heavy damage and claimed two lives in Cleveland, Tenn. This is reporter Ben Benton's personal account of that day.

The woman whose body was found in the passenger seat of a car that Franklin County, Tenn., authorities chased down Sunday was killed by blunt-force trauma to the head and upper body, authorities said.

Dispatchers across Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia in the Chattanooga region say there have been no weather-related problems with the passing of light storms this morning.

A man who grew up in Colorado's Rocky Mountains and started his career with the National Park Service as a volunteer at the Grand Canyon will head the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park starting this summer.

The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park on each side of the Tennessee-Georgia line has a new superintendent, park officials have announced.

About 30 homes were damaged, and half of those destroyed by storms that struck South DeKalb County, Ala., about midnight, officials there said this morning.

A three-year local, state and federal investigation launched in connection with "a number" of overdose deaths has led authorities to seize records at Tennessee medical clinics in Franklin and Coffee counties, Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller said.

A man shot multiple times at a home under construction south of Pikeville lay dead all day Tuesday while the accused shooter and his companions kept working, Bledsoe County, Tenn., authorities said.

One man is in custody on homicide charges and another is dead of multiple gunshot wounds as Bledsoe County and state authorities try to sort out what happened at a location south of Pikeville, Tenn.

The primary ballot in Grundy County, Tenn., has eight contested local races and a total of 29 candidates.

The attorney for the now-fired arresting officer who took South Pittsburg, Tenn., City Administrator Sammy Burrows to jail on charges of obstruction of officer rights, resisting arrest, speeding and reckless driving is crying foul in the disposition of the case.

A night getting high on prescription pain medication patches led to the deaths of two Athens, Tenn., men who had been abusing the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

Authorities in Athens, Tenn., say two of three men who died Friday of apparent drug overdoses had misused the pain medication Fentanyl.

Authorities in Athens, Tenn., say two of three men who died Friday of apparent drug overdoses had misused the pain medication Fentanyl.

Officials in Pikeville, Tenn., say a downtown farmers market will tie together ongoing beautification and revitalization efforts with plans for a community kitchen.

A two-day search last week for clues in the 2011 disappearance of a Manchester, Tenn., man on property at Arnold Air Force Base in Coffee County didn't turn up any clues, but authorities hope new attention to the case will generate tips.

A former Whitwell High School bookkeeper was arrested Thursday on felony theft charges alleging she took more than $35,000 in school funds.

A former bookkeeper at Whitwell High School was arrested Thursday night by the Marion County Sheriff's Office for misappropriating more than $35,000 in school funds.

The youngest of two teens charged in the January assault of cyclist Anders Swanson on Raccoon Mountain was sentenced Thursday in Marion County Juvenile Court to probation and community service.

A principal shuffle in Marion County, Tenn., will lead to two new faces being named to take the lead at schools in Jasper and Whitwell as soon as this summer, school system officials said.

A single-vessel boating accident left an Ohio man dead and a Spring City, Tenn., man injured near a Meigs County campground on Watts Bar Lake Thursday afternoon.

A single-vessel boating accident left an Ohio man dead and a Spring City man injured near a campground on Watts Bar Lake this afternoon.

The youngest of two Marion County teens charged in the January assault of cyclist Anders Swanson was sentenced today in Marion County Juvenile Court to probation and community service.

A Fort Payne, Ala., man who is one of three people charged in the December slaying of Boaz resident Gary Lee Willis pleaded guilty to murder Monday in Marshall County, Ala.

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