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CHATTANOOGA – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help in identifying an elderly woman found deceased seven years ago at the entrance to Foster Falls State Park in Marion County. Efforts to determine who she was since her body was found in February 2007 have not yet led to her identity, so agents hope someone seeing her description may recognize her. The woman is a white female, approximately 5’2” to 5’5”, weighing between 110 and 120 pounds. She has reddish-brown shoulder-length hair and hazel eyes and appears to have been in her mid to late 60’s. Medical examiners say she had a golf ball-sized tumor on the right side of her neck, and a hernia that protruded from her stomach. When she was found the victim was wearing a light pink turtleneck, a pink sweater, a purple skirt, beige panty hose and a blue fur-lined coat. Anyone with information about this woman’s identity is encouraged to call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
The North Cumberland Patriots claimed the trophy as county champs Tuesday evening at Cumberland County High School as they downed the Homestead Bulldogs 18 to 14. The Bulldogs scored on the opening possession of the game and added the two-point conversion. North Cumberland answered with a touchdown in each of the first two quarters and held a 12-8 lead at the half. The Patriots extended their lead to 18 to 8 with a score on the opening possession of the second half. Homestead got close scoring with just over five minutes to play, but the Patriots held on for the win and completed an undefeated season.
The father of two South Cumberland Elementary students has filed a $1.1 million lawsuit over his arrest last November while trying to pick up his children from the school. James Howe is suing School Resource Officer Avery Aytes for $1 million and Principal Darrell Threet for $100,000. The federal suit also named defendents Cumberland County School Superintendent Donald Andrews, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, the Cumberland County Board of Education and Cumberland County. In addition to compensatory and punitive damages, Howe wants the court to rule he be allowed pick up his children after school whenever he asks for them without having to abide by any policies.
A grassroots Vols fans movement to checkerboard Neyland Stadium for Saturday’s game has gotten the thumbs up from the UT Athletics Department. Tennessee fans are encouraged to wear Orange or White to Saturday’s game versus the Florida Gators, depending on seat location. To find out what color you should wear to the game visit checkerneyland.com to enter your seat information. And be sure to tell other Vols fans who will be attending the Tennessee-Florida game. That website again is CHECKERNEYLAND(dot)COM or for more information, log on to UTsports.com
An alleged lawnmower thief saw his crime spree cut short when a Cumberland County officer spotted his get-away car. On Saturday, a Prentice Street resident reported that an unknown man driving a white car had taken a push mower from her garage. A short time later, a sheriff’s deputy saw a white Buick LeSabre speeding on Creston Road with a lawnmower hanging out of the trunk. The suspect also reportedly crossed over the center line and ran a stop sign. Once the vehicle was stopped, the deputy discovered the mower and two weed trimmers. The driver, 29 year old James Glen Lowe, of Diden Loop, was charged with Reckless Driving, Aggravated Burglary and Theft over $500. Lowe’s bond was set at $12,250.