Category Archive: REGIONAL NEWS

State and Regional news from in and around Marion County

Feb 08 2016

Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Announces Dave Steele as new Vice President of Policy and Education

2/9/2016 Chattanooga, Tenn. (Feb. 9, 2016) – Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bill Kilbride announced today the appointment of David Steele as Vice President of Policy and Education. Steele will be heavily involved in the Chamber’s support for Chattanooga 2.0 and initiatives related to workforce development.

Feb 08 2016

Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce Announces Dave Steele as new Vice President of Policy and Education

2/9/2016 Chattanooga, Tenn. (Feb. 9, 2016) – Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bill Kilbride announced today the appointment of David Steele as Vice President of Policy and Education. Steele will be heavily involved in the Chamber’s support for Chattanooga 2.0 and initiatives related to workforce development.

Feb 07 2016

Rocket Fuel for Your Business: Chamber Connects Area Businesses to NASA

2/8/2016 Chattanooga (Feb. 8, 2016) – Have you ever envisioned doing business with NASA? Now’s your chance.

Feb 02 2016

Chattanooga Area Chamber Announces Finalists for 2016 Small Business Awards

2/3/2016 (Feb. 3, 2016) – The Chattanooga Chamber announces finalists for the 2016 Small Business Awards.

Jan 28 2016

House GOP says teacher raise, job tax credit in agenda

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republicans in the Alabama House say a small business tax credit and a teacher pay raise are among their top priorities for the legislative session that begins Tuesday.

Republicans on Thursday announced the platform, titled “Right for Alabama.”

House Speaker Mike Hubbard says legislators will seek a teacher pay raise in the upcoming session, although they aren’t yet specifying an amount.

Another bill would give a $1,500 tax credit to small businesses for new jobs. One proposal would distribute grants for school wireless technology.

A tough general fund budget is expected to dominate the session. The House GOP agenda doesn’t seek new revenue but uses a “zero-based” budgeting process asking agencies to justify dollars.

Some agenda items are largely symbolic, including opposition to the president’s actions on gun control.

 

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Jan 28 2016

Alabama man gets life in slaying of high school coach

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A judge sentenced a north Alabama man to life imprisonment for the slaying of a volunteer high school coach whose body was thrown into the Tennessee River.

Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Mike Jones imposed the sentence on 31-year-old Jeremy Williams during a hearing Thursday in Florence.

Jurors convicted the man of murder in the death of Brioni Rutland, who was killed in November 2013. Rutland was a volunteer football coach at Deshler High School.

Evidence during a trial in November showed Rutland was stabbed multiple times and shot. His body was dumped into the river from an old railroad bridge.

Williams claimed he killed the man in self-defense after Rutland came to his apartment to collect a gambling debt. Williams told the judge the slaying wasn’t intentional.

 

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Jan 28 2016

Man falls 30 to 40 feet at Paseur Park

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — A man has been airlifted to UAB Hospital after he fell from rocks outside the safety wall at Paseur Park.

Gadsden Assistant Fire Chief Jim Matlock tells the Gadsden Times (http://bit.ly/23vSnC5) two men were at the park Wednesday afternoon and had gone over the safety wall when one of them fell. He estimated the fall to be between 30 and 40 feet.

Gadsden Fire Chief Stephen Carroll says rescuers had to climb up treacherous terrain to get to the man. They used rope to get the basket carrying him down to the street and into an ambulance, which rushed him to the parking lot at the Mort Glosser Amphitheatre, where a helicopter flew him out.

Carroll says the man sustained multiple injuries, including head injuries.

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Information from: The Gadsden Times, http://www.gadsdentimes.com

 

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Jan 28 2016

Elmore county man convicted of murder

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — An Elmore County jury has convicted 24-year-old Jadrian Long for the killing of Denard Williams.

Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston tells local media that police arrested long in October 2014 after Williams was found shot 11 times in Millbrook.

Houston says the trial was difficult because all of the witnesses were friends at one time or another. Though many of the witnesses were already familiar with one another, Houston says Long and Williams were not.

Media outlets had previously reported that the incident was the culmination of a history of disputes between the victim and the suspect.

Long’s attorney, Virgil Ford, declined to comment.

Long is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 23.

 

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Jan 28 2016

Stevenson police chief indicted on civil rights charges

STEVENSON, Ala. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a northeastern Alabama police chief on two civil rights charges after being accused of assaulting a person who was being arrested and failing to stop another person from using unreasonable force.

The Department of Justice said in a news release that 55-year-old Stevenson Police Chief Daniel Winters was indicted Wednesday on two counts of deprivation of civil rights under color of law.

The indictment says an unidentified person suffered bodily injuries while being arrested on or about March 22.

Stevenson Mayor Rickey Steele says he placed Winters on administrative leave with pay immediately after hearing about the indictment.

The case is being investigated by the FBI, with assistance from the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation.

 

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Jan 28 2016

From The Archives: The Challenger Explosion

Chattanooga (WDEF) – January 28, 1986 marked a generation of school kids.By then, watching Shuttle launches live was old hat for most adults.We had launched dozens of them by then.But the Challenger launch was different for kids.This one had a school …

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