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U.S. Forest Service officials are drawing fire from nearby residents who say they were misled over some changes at Tumbling Creek Recreation Area in east Polk County.

Starr Regional Medical Center officials in Etowah, Tenn., want to add four geropsychiatric beds to the facility's existing in-patient geropsychiatric unit to boost capacity from 10 to 14.

Potential candidates for nonpartisan elected offices in Sequatchie County, Tenn., have until noon Thursday to file qualifying papers to run on the August ballot, election officials said.

DUNLAP, Tenn. -- Spring will bring some warmer temperatures for crews working on the Cagle Volunteer Fire Department's new fire hall in Sequatchie County.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Upper Cumberland Development District in Putnam County is selling a "dream" to rid itself of a nightmare.

The Republican primary for county mayor leads the ballot in Franklin County, Tenn., where three men are vying for the GOP slot to take on the Democratic incumbent.

The Alabama Department of Transportation has announced today that normal traffic flow has been restored on the B.B. Comer Bridge which carries the southbound traffic of State Route 35, near Scottsboro.

A state case summary on a Catoosa County, Ga., girl who died New Year's Day from injuries she received while in foster care paints a black-and-blue picture of bruises, emotional trauma and nightmares over the last months of her life and discrepancies in accounts of how her injuries occurred.

A foster parent of a child who died New Year's Day from injuries reportedly received in a fall down stairs in Catoosa County waited seven hours before seeking help, according to a heavily redacted case summary documents obtained from the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.

A petition circulated among Grundy County, Tenn., voters could create a speed bump in the long road to a new jail that officials propose to fund with a $7 million bond.

The Knox County Sheriff's Department and the Civil Air Patrol confirm a World War II-era single-engine plane reported missing Sunday has been found near Calderwood Dam, Tenn., officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said today.

The Fort Payne, Ala., man who netted a 25-year sentence in the shootings of two Fred's store employees in Rainsville now faces charges in another Fred's hold-up in Cedartown, Ga.

DeKalb County, Ala., officials say Kelly Jack Mayo, the man charged in 2012 with the shooting in Rainsville of two Fred's store employees during a robbery attempt has pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder.

Candidates for county mayor and sheriff in Bledsoe County, Tenn., will lead the biggest contests on the local ballot in May when voters head for the polls to decide four contested county primaries.

One man is dead and another hospitalized in a single-vehicle accident overnight on Lamontville Road near Highway 58 in Meigs County.

The man charged in a Jan. 28 fatal shooting of 25-year-old Raphael White on Sixth Avenue in Chattanooga has been captured in Memphis last night, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

What better fundraising idea is there for a rescue squad than something that smokes?

A Cumberland County judge has set a $1 million bond for one of two people accused in the September 2013 slayings of three teens and an adult in an area called Renegade Mountain.

JASPER, Tenn. — The older of two Marion County, Tenn., teens charged in the January assault of cyclist Anders Swanson was ordered Thursday to perform public service, serve probation, submit to a drug test and pay court costs.

JASPER, Tenn. — The eldest of two Marion County, Tenn., juveniles charged in an encounter with a cyclist in January was in Juvenile Court today where he was given probation and ordered to perform 16 hours of public service on charges of assault and violation of the three-foot law.

A man charged with killing his grandchildren's mother in November 2012 is set for trial in August in a first-degree murder case in Coffee County, Tenn.

A Dalton, Ga., gas station clerk died a bloody death around midnight Sunday when he was attacked from behind by a robber who left with cash and scratch-off lottery tickets.

DUNLAP, Tenn. — A Sequatchie County woman will serve at least 51 years in prison after being convicted of felony first-degree murder late Thursday.

DUNLAP, Tenn. — A Sequatchie County jury deliberated for more than two hours this afternoon before finding a woman guilty of felony murder and other counts in the 2011 slaying of 55-year-old Clifford Carden Jr.

DUNLAP, Tenn. -- In her videotaped statement to authorities, Susan L. Baker described shooting Clifford Carden Jr. to death in his car in the Cartwright Gulf area of southern Sequatchie County, Tenn.

Main Street Meats on Chattanooga’s Southside has only been open since October, but this meat market and specialty food store is already making a name for itself as a lunch spot.

DUNLAP, Tenn. — Action this morning in the homicide trial of Susan L. Baker in Sequatchie County contained testimony from the medical examiner and a Hixson bar owner who purchased the murder weapon after the Feb. 2, 2011, killing of Clifford Carden Jr.

DUNLAP, Tenn. — Whether Susan L. Baker killed 55-year-old Clifford Carden and helped dump his body in the Sequatchie River was not disputed in her murder trial that started Tuesday in Sequatchie County, but defense lawyer Sam Hudson told jurors in his opening statements to consider why she did what she did.

Jury selection and opening arguments are expected today in the murder trial of Susan Lynette Baker, charged in the February 2011 slaying of 55-year-old Clifford Carden in Sequatchie County.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents executed search warrants in "various locations" Friday in connection with the 2011 disappearance of Decatur County, Tenn., nursing student Holly Bobo. At least one of them was just miles from her home.

A spat between the mayor and police department in Paint Rock, Ala., might have led the police chief and another officer to resign and the council to vote Tuesday to disband the municipal court system.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials confirm one of the locations being searched today in connection with the disappearance of 20-year-old Parsons, Tenn., nursing student Holly Bobo is about 15 miles from the family's home.

Former state Sen. Eric Stewart, a candidate in 2012 for the 4th District U.S. Congress seat, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony theft charge in Winchester, Tenn.

Former state senator Eric Stewart, a candidate in 2012 for the 4th District U.S. Congress seat, pleaded guilty this morning to a felony theft charge in Winchester, Tenn., under terms of judicial diversion.

A line of storms that produced a strong EF2 tornado early Friday in Northeast Alabama also produced EF1 tornadoes in Coffee and Franklin counties in Tennessee the night before, underlining the importance of paying attention to weather watches and warnings, officials say.

A tragic crash Monday night in rural Bledsoe County claimed the lives of an infant and a child and injured their mother.

Operating costs of a new middle school and a new 400-bed jail could mean Coffee County, Tenn., residents get hit with a property tax increase, a new wheel tax or both.

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — An EF2 tornado injured one person, damaged more than two dozen homes and buildings — at least five of them structurally — and left residents shocked by the sudden storm that ripped through this small town around 12:30 a.m. CST Friday.

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Strong storms that struck Fort Payne, Ala., overnight didn't surprise some people even though they came after midnight.

The May 6 primary ballot in Franklin County, Tenn., is loaded so far with potential GOP candidates for county mayor and sheriff and some county posts, while only two posts could be contested among Democrats and one among independents.

Prosecutors and investigators say a grand jury presentation still could be weeks away in the investigation of a Marion County, Tenn., baby's death in June 2012.

HALETOWN, Tenn. — The $21.6 million project launched in March 2011 to replace the Marion Memorial Bridge over the Tennessee River in Marion County is still about 30 percent shy of completion.

There are 50 different Eskimo words for snow, including "softly falling snow" and "snow that is good for driving sled," according to the British magazine "The New Scientist."

Signal Mountain Police said that road crews were salting parts of Taft Highway this morning to get rid of some icy patches.

Alabama officials opened the state Emergency Call Center at 6 a.m. today to provide travel information about road closures and conditions.

Consider Tuesday’s winter weather a boxer’s light left jab to set up the big right.

All four men charged in the March 2013 cornfield slaying of Corey N. Matthews near Cowan, Tenn., could end up with their cases being tried separately, now that two of the cases already have been pulled out.

The next time you hear a sonic boom and spy one of the latest U.S. military jets streaking across the sky, you can give a little credit to some folks in Tullahoma, Tenn.

Officials in Winchester, Tenn., are reviving a decades-old plan for a city-owned marina on Tims Ford Lake in Franklin County.

State auditors hit Grundy County, Tenn., with 21 findings, 16 of them divided between the director of schools' office and the highway superintendent's office, in an audit released Wednesday.

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