Tyler Andrew Jernigan

Man stabbed in Birchwood

A man was rushed to the hospital late Friday with life-threatening stab wounds and Hamilton County deputies were searching for a suspect.

According to a news release, the sheriff's office was called to 9823 Birchwood Pike, where deputies found the victim nonresponsive. No information on the victim's identity or condition was available Saturday night.

Investigators have obtained warrants for Tyler Andrew Jernigan, 24, on a charge of aggravated assault. Jernigan is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall and approximately 165 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at 423-622-0022.

Haslam to visit here Monday

Gov. Bill Haslam plans to hit the road Monday for a five-city tour on which he will try to make the case that Tennessee needs new revenue for transportation and infrastructure needs.

Stop No. 3 is in Hamilton County, where Haslam is scheduled to appear with state Transportation Commissioner John Schroer at the I-75 Welcome Center in East Ridge. Other stops are Alcoa, Kingsport, Memphis and Lebanon.

Given the welcome center location, Haslam will likely highlight a badly needed nearby project: a $70 million reconstruction of the I-75/I-24 interchange. With an estimated 124,000 vehicles passing through daily, the area is notorious for its traffic jams and is locally known as Malfunction Junction.

Haslam has spent months publicly pressing for new money to attack a $6 billion backlog of highway and other transportation needs. The question is how to pay for it. Last month in Murfreesboro, Haslam appeared to suggest fuel tax increases would have to be in the equation, but top Republican lawmakers are balking, saying they don't see a gas-tax increase happening in the 2016 legislative session.

Empty Stocking applications open

Needy Walker County residents are invited to apply for Christmas food aid through the annual LaFayette Area Empty Stocking Fund.

Aid is based on household size and monthly income. Application deadline is Dec. 4, and appointment letters will be mailed to the first 700 approved families. Applications are available at the Walker County Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS) in Rock Spring; LaFayette Housing Authority on Oak Street; Walker County Health Department and the Bank of LaFayette.

Distribution is by appoinment between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Walker County Agriculture building behind the Civic Center on U.S. Highway 27 in Rock Spring.

Donate to the Empty Stocking Fund in care of George Gilbert, ESF Treasurer, at the Bank of LaFayette, P.O. Box 1149, LaFayette GA, or to LaFayette Housing Authority, 300 S. Oak Street, in care of Ruth Bass.

All checks should be made to Empty Stocking Fund and all donations are tax-deductible.