As if tornadoes and floods weren't enough to worry about with this stormy summer weather. Lightning strikes are responsible for a surprisingly high number of house fires. And Thursday night, a single family home in a quiet subdivision in Lakesite was struck by lightning and moments later, fully engulfed in flames. "The damages are significant, probably a total loss," said Amy Maxwell
Chattanooga, TN (WDEF)- Chattanooga Police say there was a custodial kidnapping at Tender Loving Care Academy Thursday night. It happened just after 5:00 on Sheridan Avenue. Officers learned that the father, Tony Thomas, picked up 3-year-old Isaiha Kitchens without the mother's consent. Thomas left in a vehicle with Michigan plates and was seen heading toward Wilcox Boulevard. Police are still
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tyler Hubbard of the country duo Florida Georgia Line has tied the knot. A representative for the band confirmed the Wednesday nuptials to Idaho native Hayley Stommel. The wedding was first reported by People.com. The Georgia-born singer and his wife, both 28, were married in an outdoor ceremony in Sun Valley that also included Hubbard's bandmate,
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a second teen has been charged in a rampage at a middle Georgia Wal-Mart that caused an estimated $2,000 in damage. Macon-Bibb County sheriff's officials said 18-year-old Vashaun Chandler Rozier of Lizella surrendered to authorities Thursday afternoon. Sheriff's officials have said dozens of teens stormed into the Wal-Mart around 2 a.m. Sunday smashing merchandise.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) - The investigation into the fatal crash on I-75 a week ago will take months to complete. An official from the National Transportation Safety Board reviewed the case at a news conference. Various agencies are taking a close look at the wreck that killed 6 people. PETER KOTOWSKI, NTSB, INVESTIGATOR IN CHARGE "We will issue a preliminary
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Decatur County officials say three employees in the clerk's office have resigned because of their opposition to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned bans on same-sex marriage. County Commissioner David Boroughs told The Jackson Sun (http://bit.ly/1JD8WS0) that county clerk Gwen Pope and employees Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler have resigned. County Mayor Mike Creasy
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A judge has rejected an effort to remove the Chatham County District Attorney from a case involving a man who was found dead in the county jail. Chatham County Superior Court Judge Michael Karpf said in a ruling Friday that a motion by lawyers representing the family of 21-year-old Mathew Ajibade questioning District Attorney Meg Heap's
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers representing gay couples say all Alabama counties appear to be complying with the federal ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land. Shannon Minter of the National Center for Lesbian Rights said Thursday he knows of no Alabama counties that are denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples while giving them to opposite-sex couples.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a church recreation worker has been indicted on child porn charges. Authorities said in a statement Thursday that 34-year-old Jason Michael Hankins is charged in a four-count indictment with production, receipt and possession of child pornography. Prosecutors say Hankins worked at the Shades Crest Baptist Church in Hoover and found at least one
NORTH GEORGIA, (WDEF)-Fireworks a friend to many humans but a foe to even more pets. Bob Citrullo, Humane Educational Society ,"Bring them inside get a nice blanket, put it in the garage or in basement, keep them contained because animals become very stressed". With stress comes straying, with shelters claiming this is their busiest time of the year. Bob Citrullo,
Bradley County, TN (WDEF) - Sheriff's deputies arrest 21-year-old David Madison Jolley, Junior for two home burglaries in northern Bradley County. Sheriff Eric Watson tells News12 two homes on Grays Ferry Road were broken into Wednesday. Crime scene investigators linked Jolley to the crime, and when detectives searched his home they found six flat-screen TVs and other stolen
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) - A Fourth of July holiday tradition has been cancelled in a couple of areas thanks to Mother Nature. While the people who organize the annual Fourth of July fireworks show in Chattanooga have not decided whether or not to cancel the big event because of the ongoing threat of heavy rain, organizers of other shows have
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A Fort Campbell Army sergeant has pleaded guilty to conspiring to take bribes from vendors seeking contracts in Afghanistan. The U.S. attorney's office said 43-year-old Ramiro Pena Jr. of Fort Campbell pleaded guilty Thursday in Paducah to conspiracy to commit bribery. Sentencing will be Oct. 15. Prosecutors said Pena admitted receiving a Rolex watch and $100,000
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected a request by death row inmates to challenge electrocution as an alternative execution method. The court Thursday ruled that the challenge is premature since none of the inmates is currently a candidate for death in the electric chair and won't be unless lethal injection is declared unconstitutional or drugs become unavailable.
HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Officials say a north Mississippi man has been indicted on five counts of aggravated DUI in a crash that killed two high school students from Memphis, Tennessee, and injured three others in their vehicle. Melandus Penson of Belden remains jailed under $3 million bond in Marshall County, Mississippi. He was arrested after the May 31
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — State inspectors have found several problems at Rutherford County's Adult Detention Center. According to The Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/1JwtU54), Tennessee Corrections inspectors informed Sheriff Robert Arnold of the findings in a letter dated June 22. Among the inspectors' numerous concerns, the letter says, are that six cameras do not work, logs do not reflect the weapons
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is offering an Elvis Presley greatest hits CD to go along with a new commemorative stamp. "ELVIS FOREVER" will be available online and in select post offices beginning Aug. 12 along with the stamp, which features a black-and-white image of the young "King of Rock 'n' Roll." The stamp and CD are
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Police in coastal Georgia say no serious injuries have been reported in an explosion involving a truck carrying volatile materials. Savannah-Chatham Police spokesman Julian Miller says a truck hauling air conditioning equipment and tanks filled with acetylene, oxygen, carbon dioxide and refrigerant stopped abruptly and the explosion happened when unsecured tanks collided with each other. Miller
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Dothan police are investigating after they say a toddler nearly drowned in a small plastic swimming pool. Dothan Police Lt. Scott Long, who supervises the criminal investigation division, tells the Dothan Eagle (http://bit.ly/1IvOWSR ) officers responded to a report of an unresponsive child found in a small children's swimming pool at a home around 8:10 p.m.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Renasant Bank of Tupelo has completed its purchase of HeritageBank of the South — based in Albany, Georgia . Renasant officials announced the completion of the merger in a news release Wednesday. The merger will move Renasant into southern Georgia and northern Florida for the first time and slightly bolster the bank's position in the Atlanta
Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) - Our ambush left Deacon William Copeland nearly speechless. A rare feat, we're told. He said, "Doing the right thing. Thank god, thank god, this is a blessing and will be used for the Kingdom of God." The Reverence Dr. Steve Caudle said, "Deac is a guy who's well-deserving of this honor. The commitment that
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) - The Wounded Warrior Project will get a major boost from the Bi-Lo stores Saturday. Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Bi-Lo stores, is pledging to donate 100% of its profit on the 4th of July to Wounded Warriors. It's the largest partnership Wounded Warrior has ever made with a retailer, and the first time a partner
Thursday, July 2nd Collegedale- POSTPONED TIL Sept. 7th Ft. Payne- On for tonight Wilderness Theater Trenton Friday, July 3rd East Ridge, Camp Jordan Jams Rescheduled to August 1st. Lake Winnie 10:00 Chattanooga Lookouts Patriotism at the Post Ft. Ogle. CANCELLED LaFayette Freedom Fest- rain or shine Jasper memorial Park 9:00 Copperhill Tater Hill Summerville Rec. Center Wilderness Theater Trenton Saturday,
Collegedale, TN (WDEF) - The city of Collegedale has cancelled all Independence Day celebrations for tonight. That includes the concert, fireworks and Collegedale Market. They will push back all of the activities to September 7th for the Labor Day Weekend. ------------------------ Fort Oglethorpe, GA (WDEF) - Patriotism at the Post has been scrapped for Friday because of the weather. Some
BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) — Volvo has opened a new 1-million-square-foot central distribution center in Byhalia in northwest Mississippi. The Swedish truck maker closed its regional parts depot in Memphis and consolidated in the larger building located in a sprawling industrial park in Marshall County, Mississippi. The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/1IQKCJC ) the new center employs about 250 and is a
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Plans to remove the statue and gravesite of Confederate cavalryman Nathan Bedford Forrest from a Memphis park are moving forward. City Council chairman Myron Lowery said Wednesday he has asked city attorney Allan Wade to draft an ordinance to remove the statue and gravesite from Health Sciences Park. Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said last week
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An animal rights organization says it is adding $5,000 to the reward in the Knox County case of two dogs that were found beheaded and skinned, and the total offered has reached $17,000. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Wednesday it was offering the reward for information leading to arrest and conviction in the
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation is celebrating its centennial by placing a time capsule in a new granite memorial at Bicentennial Mall. The time capsule is to be opened after another 100 years, on July 1, 2015. The agency says it contains photos of current employees, a 2015 highway map and a hard hat belonging to
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested in the shooting of a south Georgia mayor. WALB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1RTwqnZ ) that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said U.S. Marshals arrested 31-year-old Nakia Jones, who is charged with aggravated assault. The charges stem from the shooting of Dawson Mayor Christopher Wright at his home on Halloween night in
FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) — The 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart has a new commander who comes to the post from Fort Benning. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1gcpIxR ) that Maj. Gen. James Rainey on Wednesday left Fort Benning, where he was the 55th Infantry School commandant, after 11 months on the post. He succeeds Maj. Gen. Mike Murray