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Scottsboro, Ala.'s street superintendent has been suspended without pay for 30 days for violating city policies, officials said.

Tennessee's battered and beaten stretch of U.S. Highway 41 on the backside of Aetna Mountain in Marion County is being reformed into a smoother, safer connector between Lookout Valley and Guild, officials say.

Grundy County commissioners split a vote passing a property tax resolution that hikes the rate by 41 cents -- a 19.6 percent increase -- to pay for increases in the cost of living, minimum wage, state-mandated salaries and the coming costs of operating and maintaining a planned multimillion-dollar jail.

No charges have been filed in connection with a shooting Tuesday in Tullahoma, Tenn., that claimed the life of a Tullahoma High School student and wounded his uncle, authorities said Friday.

A Jackson County, Ala., group seeking to preserve the B.B. Comer Bridge near Scottsboro got a shot in the arm from an Iowa preservationist who made a recent visit to see the 83-year-old steel truss-style span over the Tennessee River.

A former Bledsoe County Emergency Medical Services director has been arrested on a 34-count federal indictment that charges him with forging federal forms and a doctor's signature to get hundreds of vials of morphine and Demerol.

Former Emergency Medical Service Director Larry Billingsley has been charged in a 34-count federal indictment with forging federal forms and signatures to get morphine, meperidine and Demerol, according to federal sources.

Drunken drivers in Coffee County, Tenn., are the target of more than $265,000 in grant funding for DUI enforcement and prosecution, with the biggest chunk going to 14th Judicial District Attorney Mickey Layne's office for two positions.

The solution to the U.S. Postal Service's reduced operating hours at many of its rural offices is sprouting up like dandelions all over the region.

Jackson County, Ala., commissioners passed a 2013-14 budget last week with more than a $900,000 deficit, but it will remain a work in progress as officials study ways to realign revenue streams and find more cuts.

Britton Bridge LLC and the Tennessee Department of Transportation have reached an agreement on the steel plan for the U.S. Highway 41 bridge project in Marion County, officials say.

Shaw Industries Group's $40 million investment in its South Pittsburg, Tenn., plant is the latest in the company's efforts to return to early-2000s production and employment levels and the most recent boost to Marion County's jobs picture.

Landon Robbins was an energetic boy who could eat corn on the cob, one ear after another.

A former Winchester, Tenn., finance director was handcuffed and hauled off to prison this week after her appeal to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals was denied, court documents show.

A second suspect has been arrested in the quadruple homicide that left several teenagers dead in a car on Renegade Mountain last week.

A South Pittsburg, Tenn., man accused in the February 2011 shooting of a 50-year-old Marion County resident pleaded guilty to a homicide charge and an unrelated methamphetamine charge that together netted him 12 years in prison.

The man accused in the 2011 shooting death of Marion County resident Kenneth Hudson pleaded guilty Wednesday in Criminal Court to homicide charges, officials said.

The 5-year-old Rhea County boy found dead Aug. 30 in a home north of Spring City had been forced to eat dish washing soap and cigarette butts when whippings didn't work.

DAYTON, Tenn. — Cigarette butts that a 5-year-old boy was forced to eat as punishment by his mother and her boyfriend were found in the boy’s stomach during an autopsy.

A Jasper Middle School eighth-grader accused of threatening his school in a Facebook post was charged Monday with making terroristic threats and has been transferred to another school system.

The $21.5 million Marion Memorial Bridge replacement on U.S. Highway 41 at the Tennessee River is stalled as officials negotiate a steel erection plan for the bridge spans.

Howard Hawk Willis, sentenced to death in the 2002 dismemberment killings of Walker County, Ga., newlyweds Adam Chrismer and Samantha Leming Chrismer, is doing time.

Former South Pittsburg, Tenn., mayor Mike Killian and another man face a Jan. 9, 2014, sentencing date after they pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to charges of operating an illegal gambling business.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — By late summer 1863, Thomas C. Davis, a lieutenant in the Union's 38th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, had already spent months engaging Confederate forces and marching through a soggy Middle Tennessee into Alabama and Georgia.

The fourth suspect sought in the March cornfield killing of a Franklin County, Tenn., man is in a New Mexico jail awaiting extradition.

The bankruptcy announced last month by Franklin County ambulance service provider Rural Metro Corp. opened the door to competition from a new, Decherd, Tenn.-based ambulance company.

Despite the defeat in August of a wheel tax referendum and two consecutive losing efforts to increase the sales tax rate in 2012, Sequatchie County is in stable financial shape as the budget season closes in on fall, officials said.

Three area cities got a taste of a $2.1 million Safe Routes to School grant to improve walking and biking routes to schools.

MONTEAGLE, Tenn. — The Mountain Goat Trail project on Monteagle Mountain just got two kicks in the pants for the next and future segments of trail work in the areas of Monteagle, Palmer and Tracy City.

Authorities say photographs taken at the scene of a 5-year-old Rhea County, Tenn., boy's death Friday showed more injuries than his mother and her boyfriend told investigators he had received in an accidental fall.

Two people were charged this morning with felony first-degree murder in the Friday death of a five-year-old Rhea County boy, according to the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department.

VALLEY HEAD, Ala. — One of the region’s longtime natural and historical landmarks is about to take its final bow.

Jackson County, Ala., has a new administrator filling the post that had remained vacant since the June firing of former Administrator Sandra Erickson.

The state Comptroller's office today issued a report slamming a former Cumberland County veterans service officer who auditors say used at least $134,000 for his personal gain over a period of three years, even diverting donations to his own bank account.

Rural/Metro Corp., an Arizona-based ambulance service provider in four Southeast Tennessee counties, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, leaving some county officials concerned about future services.

A proposed high-volume natural gas pipeline linking Maury County, Tenn., to Fayette County, Ga., south of Atlanta aims to expand supplies to the market around Georgia's capital city and the rest of the Southeast.

A Grundy County, Tenn., man charged with first-degree murder in a fatal shooting in Gruetli-Laager, Tenn., has been found guilty of the lesser charge of reckless homicide and not guilty on other charges, officials said.

NINE MILE, Tenn. — In Lucille Boston Lewis' lifetime, the U.S. Postal Service started parcel post deliveries and now is threatened with extinction.

The U.S. Highway 41 bridge replacement project has stalled as the contractor waits for state approval of a steel erection plan, officials said.

Friends of the B.B. Comer Bridge east of Scottsboro, Ala., say they'll continue efforts to preserve the 83-year-old, truss-style steel span over the Tennessee River despite what state officials say will be an "uphill battle."

Sequatchie County voters overwhelmingly shot down a wheel tax referendum in a special election on Tuesday.

Joe Baxter must have nerves of steel. Or maybe he's hard of hearing.

Chattanooga attorney H. Owen Maddux's law license has been suspended for nine months for violating the Tennessee Rules of Professional conduct in his representation of two clients.

Customers seeking relief from runny noses and headaches will have to take an extra step before buying pseudoephedrine-based cold medicine after Manchester, Tenn., officials passed an ordinance this week requiring a doctor’s prescription for the medication.

With new gun laws taking effect Aug. 1, Northeast Alabama sheriff’s offices will hold training classes for the public on carrying handguns with or without permits.

As more Tennessee municipalities pass ordinances requiring a doctor’s prescription for pseudoephedrine-based cold medicine, Manchester, Tenn., officials and a state advisory service are casting a wary eye on the new rules.

A February 2014 trial date has been set for one of three suspects taken into custody in the March 24 cornfield slaying of Cowan, Tenn., resident Corey N. Matthews.

When the Joel Ferrell Memorial Pool in Tullahoma, Tenn., was built, Jimmy Carter was president and American swimmer Mark Spitz was still basking in the glow of his seven Olympic gold medals from the Munich games.

One of two men charged earlier this month in a stabbing on Sequatchie County, Tenn.’s Lewis Chapel Mountain is free on bond as the victim in the incident recovers and a court hearing looms on Friday.

RIVERSIDE, Tenn. — Mother Nature has been unkind to the old route U.S. Highway 41 takes around Aetna Mountain between Haletown and Lookout Valley.

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