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Tim Omarzu

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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.

Doppler radar is an invaluable tool for weather forecasters. It allows them to see into storms to tell where precipitation is forming — rain, snow, sleet and hail — and whether clouds are rotating in just the right way to form tornadoes.

Tanya McClendon hasn't had much fun traveling on U.S. Highway 27 recently because of construction work just north of downtown Chattanooga.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — The Chattanooga Street Tavern can serve beer and wine again — at least until May 9.

The nine-person board that runs financially struggling Hutcheson Medical Center will get one new face — and two familiar ones.

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — The Chattanooga Street Tavern here can sell beer and wine again, pending a May 9 hearing in Walker County Superior Court to determine whether the business can keep its license to sell alcohol.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College's plans for a Catoosa County campus passed a milestone Monday.

Forrest Gump spent three years, two months, 14 days and 16 hours running back and forth across the United States "for no particular reason."

Hutcheson Medical Center has a high-profile attorney in its corner — former Georgia Gov. Roy E. Barnes — and the struggling Fort Oglethorpe hospital so far hasn't been sued for $20 million plus interest that Erlanger Health System says it is owed.

Dade County, Ga., schools Superintendent Shawn Tobin's planned May 1 retirement got moved up about nine weeks.

The state of Georgia has released a redesigned specialty license tag that features the Confederate battle flag, inflaming civil rights advocates and renewing a debate on what images should appear on state-issued materials.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Instead of getting new blood on the board that oversees the financially troubled Hutcheson Medical Center, it's looking like Catoosa County will wind up with two longtime board members and one newcomer.

Is Georgia's bid to tap the Tennessee River a bluff?

Meteorologists don’t like to call weather “weird” — but the rest of us can.

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."

On Tuesday, the city of Trion, Ga., got 4 inches of snow in just over 24 hours, which put it in the top 10 snow reports in the Southern Appalachian region.

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

Four-wheel-drive vehicles — including former military Humvees — hauled stranded school children home in Dade County, Ga., during the paralyzing snowstorm on Jan. 28, because school buses couldn't handle the roads.

When the May 20 primary election comes, Dade County, Ga., voters likely will weigh in on whether restaurants should be allowed to sell beer and wine.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Eyebrows are being raised over an indoor basketball gym being built in a Cleveland neighborhood that helped launch the city's historic preservation movement.

Lottery players are lining up to lay down some serious scratch in Georgia and Tennessee, which recently joined a number of states offering instant tickets that cost more than $25 apiece.

The third time was the charm for Republican Steve Tarvin who on Tuesday night won a runoff election for the Georgia House District 2 seat, getting 1,925 votes to Neal Florence's 1,648, according to unofficial results.

Steve Tarvin won a run-off election Tuesday night to fill the Georgia House District 2 seat, getting 1,925 votes to Neal Florence's 1,648, according to unofficial results

Arthur Wyckoff III has sworn off alcohol — in his gasoline.

Downtown Ringgold, Ga., will get a pedestrian bridge near the historic train depot after the City Council voted unanimously to spend $266,110 on the long-planned project.

They're calling it political suicide.

"I'm sorry ... I'm just kidding."

Hutcheson Medical Center officials on Wednesday blasted Erlanger Health System for what they called increasing the North Georgia hospital's debt, stealing patients and failing to invest in the community hospital.

Dade County Schools will have to find a new superintendent by May 1, because current Superintendent Shawn Tobin has announced he will retire.

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