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Camp's choice as fire chief ignites controversy in Catoosa County

The Catoosa County commission's decision to override the selection process and county manager's recommendation regarding the search for a new fire chiefhas sparked debate — and a revision of the county code.

What seemed like an innocuous housekeeping matter instead resurrected charges that the county too often operates as a "good ole boys" network.

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Defense focuses on penalty, not guilt in church shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The attorneys defending Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shooting trial are largely conceding his guilt in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church. Their attention is on keeping their client out of the death chamber.

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Catoosa County man found after running from police, hiding in woods overnight

A Catoosa County man possibly connected to multiple theft and burglary cases is in jail without bond after he allegedly ran from sheriff's deputies, and then spent the night hiding out in the woods, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department:

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Families to receive money from Woodmore Fund this week

Just two weeks after a deadly school bus crash the families affected will receive the community's donations.

On November 21st, a Woodmore Elementary School bus crashed on Talley Road and killed six children and injured dozens more.

At last check, the Woodmore Fund had raised more than $200,000.

Lakweshia Ewing is the spokesperson for the Woodmore Fund. 

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Federal government blocks Dakota Access oil pipeline route

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites.

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Teenager fires on Walker County deputies; deputies unhurt

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. — Walker County Sheriff's Office says three Walker County deputies were fired upon overnight by a 16-year-old.

It happened just after 1 a.m. in the area of Mission Ridge and Johnson Road in Rossville Georgia.

Sheriff Steve Wilson says the deputies were responding to a suspicious call in that area when they tried to question a teenage boy at the intersection. Sheriff Wilson says the suspect then ran south on Mission Ridge Road, turned and fired one shot in the deputy's direction.

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Dalton Police arrest church burglary suspect caught on camera

DALTON, Ga. — Dalton Police say they have arrested a man who was caught on surveillance video who broke into a church, stole a computer, and wrote satanic messages on a dry erase board in the Sunday School room.

The burglary happened at the First United Methodist Church at 500 South Thornton Avenue during the early morning hours of November 13th but was not reported to police until November 28th.

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Dozens of local agencies report to Gatlinburg to help fight devastating fires

CHATTANOOGA (Tenn.) — Many drivers stop on the scenic highway connecting Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg to soak in the scenery.

Tuesday, that area looks very different, according to Captain Matthew Mundall, who spoke with NewsChannel 9's Kelsey Bagwell by phone during a short break from fighting the blaze.

"It was kind of surreal driving on the little road between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. There was fire burning on both sides of the road," says Mundall of the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department. 

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Bus driver charged in deadly crash to make first court appearance

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Johnthony Walker, the school bus driver charged in connection with the November 21st school bus crash on Talley Road that left 6 children dead and several others injured, makes his first appearance in a Hamilton County courtroom on Tuesday morning.

Go here to watch the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Walker is charged with six counts of vehicular homicide. He has been in jail on a $107,500 bond since the day of the crash.

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LaFayette Christmas parade set for Dec. 2

Residents will have plenty to do in LaFayette when the second annual Christmas Carnival in the parking lot of The Real Deal Home Store follows the city's "Old Fashion Christmas Parade" on Friday, Dec. 2.

According to carnival organizer and Real Deal owner Jim Powell, area businesses have organized the event.

"Everything is free," Powell said of the event. "We want to give our community and children more to do."

Last year's Christmas Carnival was met with around 400 children that attended the event, Powell said.

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