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June 22, 2017 9:18 pm Congressman Scott DesJarlais' Communications Director Brendan Thomas says the congressman's office is not all that shaken with the Senate's release of the discussion draft of the already House passed bill. "Congressman DesJarlais has started reviewing the Senate draft, but emphasizes that it is exactly that: a draft," Thomas stated. "Just like in the House, this is...
A body found June 9 in a car outside of a residence in South Pittsburg was sent to Nashville for assistance in identifying the body. The length of time between her passing and discovery of the body made identification locally impossible. The lab in Nashville came back with a positive identification of Debra Jo Harris. South Pittsburg Police Chief Ryan...
Updated 6/22/17 - 4:17 pm to reflect new weigh ins being posted The teams representing the Whitwell High School Fishing Team at the 2017 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship are posting on day one of the tournament. Cameron Bankstown and Spencer Minter have already posted three fish at nine lbs., eight oz. while Dalton Powell and Baylor Layne posted five...
Principal Tim Bible announced Tuesday night that Austin Towery, most recently an assistant coach with the Richard Hardy basketball program, will be the Lady Pirates' coach. Bible acknowledged he was affected by Towery's enthusiasm for provided a gateway for those that wanted to continue their basketball careers beyond high school in his choice of hiring Towery. Towery has traveled in...
In line with information coming out of recent Marion County Commission meetings, Marion County Institute of Higher Learning, which is currently leased by Chattanooga State Community College, broke ground on the second phase of facilities recently. When completed, the companion building to the existing classroom building targets more industrial and trade education. Chattanooga State has already pledged they will lease...
After about seven hours of deliberations over two days, the jury in the Holly Rutledge murder trial found her guilty, but of lessor charges than on the indictment. Most notably, Rutledge, who was charged with first degree murder was found guilty of reckless homicide and was found guilty of aggravated assault. The verdicts carry a 2-4 year sentence and a...
Marion County dispatch called out for a fire call in Jasper this afternoon. Whereas details are still coming in, there's is no doubt that there was significant damage to the home on Betsy Pack Drive.  
Dr. Ronald K. Wright, an expert witness for the defense in the Holly Rutledge trial. Dr. Wright contends that the straight line, narrow nature of the injuries sustained by Lucas Dillon were "most likely" explained by striking the edge of the coffee table in the room where the child was found unresponsive by first responders.
The Rutledge defense team called Dr. William E. Lee III, a tenured professor at the University of South Florida in biomedical engineering. Keith Davis, lead defense attorney, has been carrying Dr. Lee through the science behind "fall impact speed." Some of the testimony includes the "g force" involved in falls. The g force calculated for a fall, according to...
Holly Rutledge's trial continues this morning. Rutledge's lead defense attorney Keith Davis has started by recalling TBI Agent Chip Andy to clarifying phone records on the day of and following day of the dispatch to an unresponsive Lucas Dillon. Additionally, the "ash pile" was, according to the defense, was a pile of table scraps burned periodically.