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Chattanooga-based Derryberry Public Relations, a full-service public and government relations firm, is opening a Nashville office.

Gordon Lee High School junior Julianna Spradlin of the Set for Life Volleyball Club has been chosen as one of the eight recipients in the United States of the 2014 Athleader Award from the Junior Volleyball Association and the National College Scouting Association.

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — Authorities say four adults and seven children were injured when their van blew a tire on Interstate 24 in Coffee County.

NASCAR drivers Austin and Ty Dillon are scheduled to take part in the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series for Super Late Model cars tonight in the Thunder Tuesday Night special event at Boyd's Speedway, where the grandsons of longtime NASCAR team owner Richard Childress also will sign autographs and drive lucky ticket holders on "Rides of a Lifetime."

The Dixie Group Inc. lost $605,000, or 4 cents per share, from continuing operations in the second quarter.

OZARK, Ala. — Authorities say a man wanted on charges of sexually assaulting a woman and an 8-year-old girl in Southeast Alabama likely has slipped out of the region.

Chattem chemical engineer Caroline Hensley from Hixson won all the Women's 1 Division events with record-setting performances in the water ski Southern Region Championships this past weekend at Lymanland near Tuscaloosa, Ala. Hensley, a Baylor School graduate, was an All-American skier at Alabama and trained often at Lymanland during college.

Cloud Richmond Marketing has named Kelly Blevins as marketing manager, responsible for implementing and maintaining social media, mobile marketing and other web-based marketing tactics.

Neal Pinkston, unopposed Republican candidate for district attorney in Hamilton County, will be the guest speaker today monday at the Pachyderm Club.

• University of Tennessee the Tennessee golfer Zac Stolz advanced to the semifinal round at the Match Play golf tournament Saturday.

Interstate 24 eastbound in Coffee County was shut down for several hours Saturday after a single-vehicle crash that injured the driver and some children, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Ringgold resident and former Cleveland State Community College pitcher Stephen Pryor was traded Thursday by the Seattle Mariners to the Minnesota Twins for Kendrys Morales, a first baseman and designated hitter who hit 23 home runs and batted in 80 runs for Seattle last year but chose to become a free agent and then signed with the Twins.

• QuickBooks setup Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd.

• Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam; Mooneyham Church of God, 2435 Mooneyham Lonewood Road, Spencer, Tenn.; 5 a.m. CDT Sunday; 775-2806.

Scott Baker is leaving the Sewanee baseball program after 14 years as coach to become the coach at Richard Stockton College in Galloway, N.J.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had the highest men's track and field team grade point average in NCAA Division I for the spring 2014 semester, 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, and tied for the 10th best in women's track, 3.54.

Hamilton County commissioners Wednesday approved incentives for Volkswagen's proposed expansion that will be used to help the company assemble a new sport utility vehicle.

Dollar General will celebrate the grand opening of its relocated store in Flintstone, Ga., at 8 a.m. on Saturday with special deals and free pizzas at the grand opening event.

DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — A body discovered late Friday in Weiss Lake in Cherokee County has been identified as that of a missing woman from Valley Head, Ala., a news release states.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golfer Agathe Sauzon won the 64th Grand Prix des Landes this past weekend in Hossegor, France.

Early voting in the Aug. 7 primary continues at the following locations: • Hamilton County Election Commission, 700 River Terminal Road, off Amnicola Highway. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

LDA Engineering has announced the hiring of Mark Harrison, P.E., P.G., as client service manager to provide engineering project management and client services to the Chattanooga area.

After hosting the international championship tournaments for hearing-impaired tennis players this past week, Chattanooga's Champions Club will be the scene for local and state tennis competition this week.

WINCHESTER, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam will be joined by local and state officials Monday to make a series of grant announcements, his office said in a news release.

• East Brainerd Council meeting Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Car Barn, 6721 Heritage Business Court. Meeting costs $10.

Emily Hangstefer of Signal Mountain and Laura Chapman of Columbus, Ga., won Friday in singles against Spain, making doubles unnecessary, to get the United States to today's championship match in the Maere Cup international women's competition for hearing-impaired tennis players.

• The Aslinger family reunion will be held today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pavilion in Chester Frost Park.

• New Salem Baptist Church, 9806 Dallas Hollow Road, Soddy-Daisy; "Agency D3" from Lifeway; 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; preschool through adults, newsalembaptist.net or 842-3078.

Racing at Boyd's Speedway normally has been on Saturdays this year, but the track returns to Friday action tonight with its sixth annual Sprint Car Mania program as part of the United Sprint Car Series "Outlaw Thunder" Tour.

For the fourth consecutive year, Erlanger Health System has been named one of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report.

ATLANTA — Georgia Lottery Corp. officials say a record $940 million in revenue has been transferred to the Georgia Lottery for Education account.

Former Notre Dame High School star Adarius Bowman caught nine passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns as the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Ottawa Redblacks 27-11 last Friday, and tonight the Eskimos visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a televised matchup of 3-0 Canadian Football League teams.

Sola Salon Studios will enter the Chattanooga market this fall with a new studio in the Hamilton Corner shopping center near Hamilton Place Mall.

DALTON, Ga. — A drunken man is accused of beating his drunken friend with a pool cue over the weekend, according to Dalton police.

The Chattanooga Elite 16-under boys won the AAU national basketball championship last week in Orlando, Fla., going 7-0 with a 75-56 victory over Team New York in the semifinals and a 71-61 defeat of the Wellington Wolves from Coral Gables, Fla., in the championship game.

AgGeorgia Farm Credit, a lending cooperative owned by its member-borrowers, recently mailed out $7.5 million to its members, including $435,163 to members of the Chatsworth and Lafayette branches in Northwest Georgia, based upon the coop’s surplus earnings during in previous years.

The four Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate — Terry Adams, Gordon Ball, Larry Crim and Gary Gene Davis — have been invited to speak at the JFK Luncheon Club at noon today at The Chattanoogan hotel, 1201 Broad St.

Five meet records were broken Saturday in the Chattanooga Area Swim League's Bill Caulkins City Meet in the Warner Park pool, and two of them fell to Ellie Taliaferro of the Fairyland Club Flash in the 9-10 girls' age group.

Lee University officially has been approved by the NCAA Membership Committee for the final phase before the Cleveland school has full Division II and Gulf South Conference membership in the 2015-16 academic year.

Three members of the Hangstefer family from Signal Mountain will help lead the United States deaf tennis contingent in the 2014 Dresse and Maere Cups competition starting Monday at Chattanooga's Champions Club. It runs through Saturday.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior defensive end Davis Tull from Knoxville was named Thursday to the Buck Buchanan Award watch list as one of the top candidates for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision's top defensive player for 2014.

Kevin & J Co., an Atlanta-based retailer, will pay $15,000 and furnish other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission related to its Chattanooga store, the agency said Wednesday.

Chattanooga Christian teammates Scott Stevens and Lake Johnson are tied for 10th and 13th, respectively, at 144 and 145 after two rounds of the 51st annual Tennessee Junior Amateur golf tournament on the Sevierville Golf Club's River Course.

The Volkswagen brand sold more than 3 million vehicles worldwide in the first six months — a record for the German automaker — even though North American sales fell in the period.

ANNISTON, Ala. — Police say a body found inside a crashed car has been identified by medical examiners as that of a missing Anniston woman.

The Chattanooga Area Swim League's season-concluding Bill Caulkins City Meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Warner Park pool, with sessions beginning at 8:30 each morning for the two youngest age groups and at 12:55 and 6 p.m. Friday and 12:45 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday for the older divisions.

Volkswagen will invest $2.7 billion to construct two more vehicle assembly plants in China, the carmaker said in a statement Tuesday.

The Hamilton County Pachyderms weekly meeting today will feature a House District 27 debate.

Top state substance abuse officials will meet in Chattanooga on Thursday to discuss the problem of prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.

John Ownbey of Cleveland won the $3,000 top prize Thursday night in the Freedom 40 race at Winchester Speedway.

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