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Tim Omarzu

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A man charged in Catoosa County, Ga., in 2004 with smothering his 6-month-old son will not be retried, because prosecutors forgot about his case for nearly eight years.

Even before primary votes were counted Tuesday night, Paul West knew he had a place on the August general election ballot in Marion County, Tenn.

Early and absentee votes tallied in Grundy County show a slight edge in the contested Democratic county mayoral primary for challenger Michael Brady.

When a funeral service was held Monday afternoon at Chattanooga National Cemetery for U.S. Marine Sgt. Tyler Skelly, a uniformed Marine knelt before the veteran's mother, Stacy Skelly, and presented her with the folded U.S. flag from her son's casket.

Next summer, some $23 million in road construction will get underway at a busy commercial strip in Ringgold, Ga.

It's official. Tornadoes — not straight-line winds or powerful downdrafts called microbursts — struck the region on the night of April 28-29, according to on-the-ground surveys by National Weather Service experts.

Call it the battle between the giant flagpole and the towering fake pine tree.

Sandy Lowery, the widow of Catoosa County Probate Judge Gene Lowery, will seek her late husband's judgeship.

BOAZ, Ala. -- About a dozen relatives helped Winston and Sue Renfoe salvage what belongings they could from the couples' storm-ravaged home on County Road 4 this afternoon.

The National Weather Service continues to provide a hazardous weather outlook for the greater Chattanooga area, noting the potential for several storms and perhaps even tornadoes tonight and through tomorrow.

Downtown Chattanooga living just got roomier and more luxurious — for river otters.

Protesters far outnumbered members of a neo-Nazi group in the vicinity of the Hamilton County Courthouse today as about two dozen Nazis showed up for a rally to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

April is the cruelest month for tornadoes in eastern Tennessee.

The Dade County Chamber of Commerce wasn’t shy when it decided to ask residents five open-ended questions to see what future they hope to see for their scenic county in Georgia’s northwest corner.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — "Please keep this family in your prayers."

Tragedy struck Monday morning when a grandmother and her two grandchildren drowned after she drove a utility vehicle into a pond on the family's 100-acre farm.

Johnny Clemons got out of bed and ran a 26.2-mile marathon today — for the eighth day in a row.

Johnny Clemons got out of bed and ran a 26.2-mile marathon today — for the eighth day in a row.

If Erlanger Health System wants to get back the roughly $22 million it's owed by Hutcheson Medical Center, Erlanger needs to sue in the Georgia state court system -- not federal court, Hutcheson's lawyer says.

Will a patriotic disguise make a proposed cellphone tower palatable for residents of Lookout Mountain, Tenn.?

Catoosa County, Ga., Probate Judge Gene Lowery died Wednesday night at a hospital in Calhoun, Ga., from melanoma, a type of skin cancer that started on his foot and had metastasized, or spread, throughout his body.

Catoosa County Probate Judge Gene Lowery died Wednesday night from melanoma, a dangerous type of skin cancer that had metastasized, or spread, through his body.

Should Catoosa County school board races be partisan and held in November? And should the school superintendent be elected directly by voters — instead of hired by the school board?

Fort Oglethorpe is on track to get a Walmart Neighborhood Market, a freestanding grocery store about a quarter the size of the typical Walmart Supercenter.

Once again, the Chattanooga metropolitan area ranks in the top 10, nationwide, in a miserable category.

The sounds of fun and laughter filled the air Saturday in North Georgia for the 89th opening day of Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday revived an effort to let children suffering from seizures try medicinal marijuana oil as treatment.

When it comes to weather, Chattanooga is a world away from, say, sunny San Diego, Calif., where the climate rarely varies from perfect.

A medicinal oil made from marijuana that won't get you high — but has parents moving to Colorado where it's used to treat children suffering from hundreds of potentially fatal seizures each week — won't be allowed in Georgia this year.

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. — You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

For at least another year, Georgia residents still will have to travel to Tennessee, Alabama or South Carolina to legally buy fireworks.

National Park Service employees on Monday will close a back road into Chickamauga Battlefield that they believe has served as a short-cut for thieves responsible for car break-ins and vandals who damage monuments that commemorate Civil War soldiers.

Hutcheson Medical Center has more than $60 million in debt that it hasn't figured out how to repay — but that hasn't stopped the publicly owned Fort Oglethorpe-based hospital from growing.

The winter that seemed as if it would never end officially does today, the first day of spring.

Rhea County, Tenn., voters can look forward to an exciting election at the county level — in August.

It's tax refund time, which means people dressed like the Statue of Liberty stand alongside busy streets twirling signs to draw customers into tax preparation businesses that offer instant refunds for a fee.

RISING FAWN, Ga. — Retired elementary school teacher Etna James wasn't too concerned Friday afternoon about a brush fire burning hundreds of acres in the woods near her Lookout Mountain home.

Every TV news crew in Chattanooga set up cameras at City Hall in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., the afternoon of Oct. 30, 2013, when Mayor Lynn Long called an emergency meeting to decry footage his political opponents used on a public access cable TV show.

CBL & Associates paid $2.5 million to developer Larry Armour for roughly 17 acres on Battlefield Parkway next to Walmart in Fort Oglethorpe on which it will open a new shopping center next spring that will house a Hobby Lobby, Marshalls, Ross Dress for Less and a Rack Room Shoes.

Marshall's, Hobby Lobby, Petco, Ross Dress for Less and a Rack Room Shoes are the retailers that will open in the spring of 2015 on Battlefield Parkway next to the Fort Oglethorpe Walmart.

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.

The Imperial Cup building that has stood empty for almost a decade just north of LaFayette, Ga., is being revived by another expanding business in Lafayette.

The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect wanted in the robbery/homicide at the Kanku's Express.

When thousands descend on Ringgold, Ga., on Memorial Day weekend for the annual 1890s Day Jamboree, a drone may fly overhead taking video of the crowd below.

When Georgia’s primary election rolls around on May 20, Catoosa County residents can choose which Republican candidates they’d like to elect.

Kisha Caldwell got something she wasn't expecting Thursday morning.

James Gaines won't serve any time for causing a Jan. 23 lockdown on the campus of Southern Adventist University after he joked that he might have to "strap a bomb on me" and "put a gun to their head" to get the transcript he needed from Southern.

A bobble-headed little fluff ball in Rome, Ga., is capturing hearts around the world.

A portion of the gasoline tax that Georgia drivers pay at the pump is coming back to area communities in the form of local road improvements.

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