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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Chattanooga.

Wednesday
Jul302014

Tennessee Soldiers to Receive Debt Relief in Lending Scheme Settlement 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- One hundred Tennessee soldiers are set to receive more than $400,000 in debt relief as part of a nationwide lending scheme settlement.

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper joined 12 state attorneys Tuesday in announcing a total of $92 million in debt forgiveness for about 17,000 U.S. soldiers and other consumers alleged to have been harmed by company Rome Finance.

Officials say Rome Finance offered consumers contracts to buy computers, video game consoles, televisions, and other products, typically sold at mall kiosks near military bases. The paperwork promised instant financing with no money down, with the company serving sometimes serving as the initial creditor.

The deal affects servicemen once stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

"My office recently published a consumer manual for service members, and we work closely with Ft. Campbell consumer counselors," Cooper said. "Soldiers shouldn't have to worry about being cheated when they buy a car, a computer or some other product or service."


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Man Injured in Ohls Avenue Shooting 

(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- Chattanooga Police are investigating an Ohls Avenue shooting that injured one man Tuesday evening.

The victim, 34-year-old Daniel Marlowe, told investigators he was approached by three black men while working in his yard. The suspects demanded money, with one brandishing a firearm. Following a fight, Marlowe was shot in the hip and the three men fled in a dark-colored sedan with a small amount of cash.

Marlowe was found with a single gunshot wound to his hip around 9 p.m. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact law enforcement at 423-698-2525.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Sevierville Man Added to Tennessee's 'Most Wanted' List

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Sevierville man is the latest addition to the state's "Most Wanted" list, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced.

The latest person to be added to the list is 31-year-old Nathan McCollum, who's wanted for violating probation for attempted aggravated kidnapping, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, violation of an order of protection, and several counts of theft and traffic charges, the TBI said.

Authorities accuse McCollum of removing his GPS monitor on July 13, after being discharged from a drug treatment program in Alabama. The monitor was found the following day by police in Chattanooga.

Anyone with information on McCollum's whereabouts is asked to contact authorities at 800-824-3463 or 844-832-3463. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

State Dept. of Agriculture Works to Educate Livestock Farmers on New Rule

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is working to educate livestock farmers about new United States Department of Agriculture rules that requires identification for all livestock transported between states.

The rule officially went into effect last year and aims to more efficiently identify and trace movement of livestock in the case of outbreaks of disease among the animals.

"The federal rule only applies to livestock being moved interstate," state Veterinarian Charles Hatcher said, "but it's important that Tennessee farmers work with their local veterinarian to obtain proper documentation."

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will conduct routine compliance checks of livestock being transported beginning in 2015.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

TN Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security Seeks Reaccreditation

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is seeking reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

TDSHS Commissioner Bill Gibbons said on Monday that the agency will host CALEA assessors next month to prove they comply with the commission's list of 475 standards. Part of the assessment will also include phone comments made by department personnel and members of the community.

Law enforcement agencies must reapply for accreditation with CALEA every three years.


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