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Rhea County's Drake McCain survives another round on American Idol

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Things are looking good for Spring City's Drake McCain. The American Idol contestant advanced in the Hollywood Round on Monday night's program, after delivering a stirring rendition of Willie Nelson's classic country tune, "Always on My Mind." Drake dedicated the song to his moth


Local town named the best place to live in Tennessee

A recent study looked at cities in the Volunteer state with the best economies, jobs, home values and more. HomeSnacks analyzed 91 places in Tennessee, here's what town's made the top ten.


Rhea County landfill neighbors fed up with damaged cars, odor

There are two Smyrna Roads in Rhea County: a smooth one east of the Rhea County Landfill and the 2.5-mile-long, pothole-pocked, rock-strewn one to the west, where waste-laden sanitation trucks rumble every day.


Column: A tax refund disabled Tennessee veterans might not know about

Some Tennessee veterans might be entitled to a tax refund without even realizing it. Last July, the IRS sent out letters – numbers 6060-A and 6060-D – to roughly 130,000 veterans across the country and notified them about a refund available to those who had taxes improperly withheld from their disab


County approves justice center lender

The Rhea County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve Regions Bank as lender for the justice center project and Bass, Berry and Simms as bond counsel. County officials said the loan will be a 20-year loan, and Rhea County Executive George Thacker said that the county was able to negotia


Getting the band back together

How blessed we are to live in Rhea County, Tennessee! In addition to the miles of shoreline, the lush green valley and the picturesque mountains, there is beauty in the lives of the people who call this place home. I would like to use this column to tell the stories of individuals whose lives enrich


Tennessee man killed cutting down tree

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WVLT/WJHL) -- The Jonesborough Police Chief Ron Street said a local man was killed over the weekend while cutting down a tree, WJHL reported. The incident occurred on Patton Avenue, Street said.


Rhea County one of 10 counties receiving grant money for broadband access

Members of the Tennessee Telecommunications Association (TTA) announced the Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded more than $8-million in grants through the Broadband Accessibility Grant program.


Tennessee lawmaker files bill to expand drug testing of welfare recipients

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A Tennessee lawmaker wants to expand the drug testing of welfare recipients. Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) has just filed House Bill 88. Griffey says he and his wife have seen the assistance programs be abused as their personal experiences as prosecutors in Tennessee.


Inmate dies in Tennessee jail, investigation underway

OBION COUNTY, TN — A death investigation is underway at a local jail. In a Facebook post, the Obion County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office says 37-year-old Sterling Lapree Higgins of Union City was taken into custody around 1:44 a.m. Monday and died about an hour later.


McMinn Co. woman charged with attempted murder

A McMinn County woman has been charged with attempted criminal homicide and drug possession a domestic incident Saturday night. Ivy Nicole Anderson is facing multiple charges after shooting Christopher Leon Wagner in the stomach following a dispute at their residence on County Road.


Nate Bargatze Doesn't Know Who 'The Tennessee Kid' Is Either

Nate Bargatze was already a touring comedian before his half-hour special made it into the homes of Netflix subscribers everywhere thanks to The Standups. His two albums, Yelled at by a Clown (2014) and Full Time Magic (2015), topped the comedy charts when they were first released, and the Comedy Ce


Victim in fatal Cleveland shooting was pulling suspect off his fiancee after he'd assaulted her before he was killed, authorities say

A heated argument between a 25-year-old Cleveland, Tennessee man now charged with murder and his fiance led to Sunday's fatal shooting at a Bates Pike Southeast home, a Bradley County Sheriff's Office affidavit states.


Hammond: There Is Continuing Issue With Fully Staffing Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Jim Hammond told members of the Pachyderm Club on Monday that a problem he is now having involves staffing the sheriff’s department. He said that there is rigorous vetting for “those who carry guns,” and those standards making it difficult to hire and train people.


Man steals Georgia ambulance with driver inside, gets caught robbing drug store

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A man in Georgia has been arrested and charged with stealing an ambulance from a hospital before he was arrested in a drug store break-in. Athens-Clark County police told news outlets that 41-year-old Edward Lee Wessinger is accused of taking an ambulance early Sunday at the St. M


Josh Santana, 21, Arrested After SWAT Standoff On Monday For Last Week's Shooting On Lee Highway

Chattanooga Police on Monday arrested a suspect, Josh Santana, 21, for a shooting that occurred in the 5700 block of Lee Highway last Tuesday, leaving one man with serious injuries.


Eagles top Hixson High School at home

Youth is what you see in the way this 2019 Rhea County Golden Eagles baseball club plays, at least that was the case in a cold game Thursday evening as the group took on, and in six-and-a-half innings finally ground out in a 12-3 victory, Hixson High School.


Man faces charges in Athens after February shooting incident

ATHENS, Tenn. — Police in Athens have arrested a 27-year-old man and charged him in connection with a shooting incident that left a woman injured by flying glass and forced a nearby school to go on lockdown.


Federal judge dismisses 4 lawsuits related to handling of 2015 Ooltewah rape case

A federal judge Tuesday dismissed the lawsuits filed on behalf of former Ooltewah High School principal James Jarvis, former athletic director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley and former coach Andre Montgomery against the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office and others in the handling of the Ooltewah H


Restaurant employee confirmed to have case of Hepatitis A

Many people are stopping by the Ooltewah Health Center to be tested for Hepatitis A after the Hamilton County Health Department recently confirmed a Western Sizzlin Restaurant Ooltewah employee was diagnosed with the infection.