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Thursday
Apr172014

Chattanooga Man Arrested on Statutory Rape 

(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- A Chattanooga man was charged with statutory rape after he allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old foreign exchange student in his home.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Michael Little was taken into custody after the girl told a teacher at her high school about the incident. The teacher notified the principal, Child Protective Services, the school resource officer and the student exchange program director.

Little was released on $10,000 bond, the Times Free Press said. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 6.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Governor's Residence Hosts Annual Easter Egg Roll

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife Crissy opened up their residence on Wednesday to over 100 children from across Tennessee, as the first couple hosted the annual Easter Egg Roll.

According to the state, the event saw about 115 children come out to take part in Easter egg rolling, relay games, crafts, face painting, and visit a reading corner in support of the first lady's early literacy initiative.

"It cannot be understated how important it is to read with children early in life," Crissy Haslam said in a statement. "A child’s first three years of life are an important window of opportunity to make certain they have the strongest possible foundation for success."

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Thursday
Apr172014

Interstate Construction Work to Be Suspended for Easter Travel

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Transportation will temporarily cease construction work on interstate roadways this weekend to allow for speedier Easter travel.

The TDOT says all crews and contractors will stop performing construction work, which requires lane closures, at 6 p.m. on Thursday and will not begin again until 6 a.m. on Monday.

The agency says that this will "provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend."

The move is aimed at minimizing delays, but TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said that incidents were still possible, so motorists should "use one or more of TDOT's available informational tools...to get up-to-the-minute traffic information before they hit the road this weekend."

Some lanes will remain closed on projects that require long-term construction and reduced speed limits will remain in effect.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

THP Announces Youth and Junior Trooper Academies this Summer

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced Wednesday that it would hold its first-ever camp for students this summer.

The Youth Academy, held from June 23 to June 27, will be an overnight camp for students in grades 9 to 12. The Junior Trooper School will be run as a day camp for students in grades 6 through 8 and will take place between July 15 and July 18.

Colonel Tracy Trott called the academies "a program that we've wanted to implement for a long time." He added the programs are intended to "educate youth who may have an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement."

Students will be asked to apply via the THP website by May 1, and acceptance letters will be sent out in early June.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Suspicious Package Outside Synagogue Turns Out to Be Donated Books

(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- A report of a suspicious package found outside a Jewish synagogue on Wednesday proved to be nothing more than a donation of books.

According to the Chattanooga Police Department, the CPD Bomb Squad was sent to the scene on McCallie Avenue at about 7:30 a.m. to handle the unknown item. The package was quickly deemed safe by the Bomb Squad, at which point they determined that the package contained a donation of books.

Police say the books were left at the scene by a USPS delivery worker.

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