Jul 31

How a Tornado Helped Bust a Tennessee Neighborhood Thief

Jerrod L. Christian has-been charged with two counts of burglary & two counts of theft after a neighbor discovered stolen property in his tornado-damaged house. Kingsport Cops Department <!– clear –> <!– clear –> A tornado in that swept through a Tennessee town damaged homes & threw Jerrod Christian’s belongings onto lawns – many of which had been reported stolen by his neighbors, police told ABC News. Since the - tornado hit the - town of Kingsport on Sunday, Christian has-been charged with two burglaries & two thefts. Christian, 26, was in jail on unrelated charges when the - twister hit. Neighbors emerging from their homes to survey the - damage were surprised to see what was on Christian’s yard, police & neighbors said. Tornado Recorded in Boston Suburb Makes History Confirmed Tornado at Campsite in Virginia, Plus 80 Million Americans Under a New Storm Watch Lost Treasures of Superstorm Sandy “My house was torn up pretty badly, so I was checking things up,” Ed Cleek told ABC News. “Then someone called me & said: ‘Hey, I think that’s your air compressor. You want to take a look?’” Cleek walked outside, & immediately spotted his bright red air compressor lying in his neighbor’s yard. “I called the - police right away,” Cleek said. …

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Jul 31

A City In Tennessee Has The Big Cable Companies Terrified

<!– google_ad_section_start –> View gallery . Charlene N Simmons/Flickr While the - nation’s biggest internet service providers have been making lots of noise recently, the - country’s fastest network has stayed quiet, just like the - Tennessee town it services. The southern city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, with a population of about 170,000, boasts internet speeds up to a whopping gigabit per second, thanks to a local municipal fiber internet network, & has since last year. That’s the - same speed as Google Fiber, only there’s no legacy tech giant pumping technology in to the - project. The city of Chattanooga & the - publicly owned electric utility EPB did it by themselves. Big telecom companies like AT&T & Comcast put off plans to outfit southeastern Tennessee with high-speed internet, basically forcing the - city to look for internet solutions elsewhere, Motherboard reports. This is actually a trend. Though Chattanooga’s internet is notable for its blinding speed, many small communities around the - country are similarly taking on high-speed internet without the - assist of big-name ISPs. In fact, frequently the - ISPs are holding these neglected communities back. In 2011 Longmont, Colorado, passed a ballot referendum in that lifted a 2005 state law stopping municipalities from selling services in that rely on publicly owned infrastructures, the - Denver Post reported. …

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Jul 31

Former Tennessee tailback Corey Larkins: 'Derek Dooley was a loser'

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Returning Tennessee to its former glory has not been easy. Since the - Vols won the - national title in 1998, they have won 10 or more games just four times, had six losing seasons, in addition to four straight, & are on their third coach since Philip Fulmer was forced out in 2008. And while many of the - former players think Tennessee is on its way back behind second-year coach Butch Jones, it’s complex for them to let go out the - years of time since Fulmer’s departure. “I really don’t even want to state the - names of the - two guys who were there between Coach Fulmer & Coach Jones,” former linebacker Al Wilson told the - Times Free Press. Wilson was one of several former Tennessee players working a youth football camp this past weekend & asked about his thoughts on the - state of the - program. “They don’t deserve to have their names mentioned with Tennessee football. As somebody who went 45-5 while I was at UT, that’s a place I care a lot about & I’m just glad in that there’s somebody in charge again who gets it & who wants to be there & take the - program back to where it was & where it should be.” Wilson wasn’t the - only one who had unkind words for Lane Kiffin & Derek Dooley, two coaches who bridged the - gap — poorly — between Fulmer & the - current regime. Kiffin spent just one year with the - Vols, received the - team in hot water with the - NCAA & then bolted for USC. Dooley came from Louisiana Tech, struggled to a 15-21 record in three seasons & made very few friends among the - former alumni. “With Coach Jones, when you walk in to the - facility now it’s like you never left,” asserted former fullback Troy Fleming, who was with the - Vols from 1999-2003. …

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Jul 31

Fitch Rates Tennessee State School Bond Authority 'AA+'

<!– google_ad_section_start –> NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– <!– –> Fitch Ratings assigns an ‘AA+’ rating to the - following Tennessee State School Bond Authority (TSSBA) higher educational facilities 2nd program bonds: –$132,350,000 series 2014 A (federally taxable); –$207,050,000 refunding series 2014 B. The bonds will be offered via negotiated sale the - week of Aug. 4. In addition, Fitch affirms the - following rating: –$1.262 billion in outstanding TSSBA higher educational facilities 2nd program bonds at ‘AA+’. The Rating Outlook is Stable. SECURITY The bonds are a special obligation of the - authority payable primarily by annual yearly financing charges from the - Board of Trustees of the - University of Tennessee & the - Board of Regents of the - State University & Community College System of the - State of Tennessee (the boards), as well as a statutory intercept of legislative appropriations for operations & maintenance, if necessary, & other moneys via separate financing agreements between the - authority & the - boards. KEY RATING DRIVERS BROAD COVERAGE: Broad analysis is provided by a gross revenue pledge of higher education fees & charges through the - boards. AMPLE INTERCEPT OF STATE APPROPRIATIONS: A provision exists to intercept if necessary state appropriations for public higher education institutions, which provide ample & timely analysis of debt service. AUTHORITY LINKED TO STATE: The state plays an intrinsic role in the - authority & its financings. Fitch rates Tennessee’s general obligation (GO) debt ‘AAA’ with a Stable Rating Outlook. …

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Jul 31

The Three R's of Mountain Air in North Carolina

Burnsville, NC [PRWEB] -- Reports July 31, 2014 Some are in to the - art of molding clay. Others enjoy creating works of art. One has even impacted the - overall well being of the - surrounding county. Dig deep in to the - residential directory, & you may just find the - proverbial butcher, baker & candlestick maker. Well, maybe not the - butcher, yet the - rest are legitimate examples of some of the - passions in that float among the - clouds at Mountain Air in North Carolina. Interests like these form the - fabric of a community & many of the - talented folks retiring there are taking full benefit of them. Famed British mystery novelist Agatha Christie once wrote, “It has a quality in that stays in the - memory.” Though she spent most of her days in Europe, Christie could have easily been writing about life in this luxurious community in that sits high atop the - Appalachians. Despite typically being portrayed as such, the - daily routines at Mountain Air are not just about golf. A acceptable percentage of the - talented folks living there rarely, if ever, step up to the - country club’s 1st tee. Many are retirees who write stories or books, like Christie once did. …

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Jul 31

North Carolina man accused of soliciting minor in South Carolina

<!–END WNStoryUtils–><!–END WNStoryHeader–> <!–END wnAdSize–> <!–Start of Display Size: Headline Box – Col 3 (27)–> Bond set at $160k for teenager accused in Northwoods Mall shooting Bond set at $160k for teenager accused in Northwoods Mall shooting Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:39:45 GMT A 16-year-old charged in a shooting at the - Northwoods Mall parking lot on Monday was given a $160,000 bond Wed. night. Timothy McClendon is charged with attempted murder, armed robbery & possession of a firearm during the - commission of a violent crime.More >> A 16-year-old charged in a shooting at the - Northwoods Mall parking lot on Monday was given a $160,000 bond Wed. night. Timothy McClendon is charged with attempted murder, armed robbery & possession of a firearm during the - commission of a violent crime.More >> Ebola 101: What the - US needs to know about the - virus Ebola 101: What the - US needs to know about the - virus Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:17:42 GMT The Ebola outbreak is in the - news a lot, yet experts state the - risk to Americans is low. ??More >> The Ebola outbreak is in the - news a lot, yet experts state the - risk to Americans is low. ??More >> VIDEO: ‘Get out of the - water!’ Hammerhead shark heads towards Florida beach VIDEO: ‘Get out of the - water!’ Hammerhead shark heads towards Florida beach Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:19:11 GMT Video of a hammerhead shark heading towards a Florida beach is going viral.You can see in the - video, which was posted on Facebook site by Dan Flynn, in that most of the - crowd has cleared out of the - water.More >> Video of a hammerhead shark heading towards a Florida beach is going viral.You can see in the - video, which was posted on Facebook site by Dan Flynn, in that most of the - crowd has cleared out of the - water.More >> Beaufort drive-in theater named one of America’s best Beaufort drive-in theater named one of America’s best Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:54:31 GMT The Lowcountry is home to one of the - nation’s best drive-in theaters, according to a new survey from TripAdvisor.More >> The Lowcountry is home to one of the - nation’s best drive-in theaters, according to a new survey from TripAdvisor.More >> Jamie Parsons on parents’ arrest: ‘Momma knew they were coming’ Jamie Parsons on parents’ arrest: ‘Momma knew they were coming’ Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:33 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:33:52 GMT Federal agents picked up the - couple around 6 a.m. & drove them to a federal courthouse in Winston-Salem where they will face fraud charges.More >> Federal agents picked up the - couple around 6 a.m. & drove them to a federal courthouse in Winston-Salem where they will face fraud charges.More >> <!–End of Display Size: Headline Box – Col 3 (27)–> <!–END WNStoryRelatedBox–> DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – A North Carolina guy is accused of soliciting a minor in South Carolina. The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office arrested (taken in to custody) 37-year-old Robert Lee Watson of Hamlet, NC. Authorities state from June 29 through July 10, 2014, Watson communicated electronically with a child in South Carolina. Reportedly court records, the - communication involved more than 2,000 text & picture messages with many of them sexual in nature. …

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Jul 31

N.C. weighs offering upfront money for promised jobs

RALEIGH — After decades of trying to attract new industries with tax breaks, North Carolina lawmakers are considering whether to just offer selected corporations upfront taxpayer money if they will move to the - state. The proposal for a new state incentive fund left solely to the - discretion of one of Gov. Pat McCrory’s appointees is headed toward last-minute legislative negotiations. Tax breaks in that only become available after workers are hired & factories built are no longer enough to draw huge manufacturing projects, asserted Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker, who would control what’s being called the - Job Catalyst Fund. The state budget being unveiled this week will contain $20 million this year for the - fund, asserted Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham. Decker asserted Wed. she would offer taxpayer money to manufacturers in that would hire hundreds of workers & attract many other companies in that want to supply parts or goods to the - huge factory’s production line. The upfront money could be used to buy or upgrade land or buildings. Aviation & international car manufacturers will be hunting for U.S. factory sites in the - coming decade, with lots of jobs in the - balance, she said. “This particular fund is intended for the - large, transformational kinds of projects,” Decker said. …

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Jul 31

North Carolina Company Relocates To Danville Bringing Jobs

Danville, VA — A North Carolina company is relocating to Danville & bringing dozens of jobs. Sky Valley Foods makes natural & organic sauces & salad dressings. They are relocating to the - Airside Industrial Park from Yancyville, North Carolina.Sky Valley Foods will be bringing all 50 of its employees & adding 10 more jobs right away. But they state they hope to expand their operations to have 100 employees by the - end of next year. Danville beat out 200 locations for Sky Valley Food’s new facility. “We have something special here in that to beat out 200 cities & to bring it here again is another home run,” says Danny Marshall, 14th District Virginia Delegate. Co-Owner & CEO Dennis Daniels says they had specific needs for their new building. One benefit to Danville is the - location, being just a few miles from their current facility in Yancyville, North Carolina. Daniels says the - 132,000 square-foot former Amcor building fit them perfectly. “This facility was ready with most of the - things we would have to do. …

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Jul 31

Calhoun police scuffle with fugitives from North Carolina

Calvin Lee Metcalf ran away from the - cops, toward his truck & his gun — or rather, somebody’s truck & somebody’s gun. Metcalf & his cousin, 25-year-old Philip Nicholas Metcalf, stopped at a Kangaroo Express convenience store on North U.S. Highway 41 in Calhoun, Ga., at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday to try to sell an AR-15 rifle, police said. Cops don’t know why the - Metcalfs were trying to sell the - gun at in that hour, though they have a theory: The Metcalfs were on the - run, fugitives from North Carolina. About 12 hours earlier, according to police, they beat up an Avery County, N.C., detective, took his guns & his truck & drove away. Now, they needed money. The cousins tried to sell the - gun to the - Kangaroo’s clerk, according to an occurrence report, yet he wasn’t interested. Then, when the - cousins went in to the - bathroom, the - clerk called 911. Two officers arrived. …

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Jul 31

NC weighs offering upfront money for promised jobs

RALEIGH — After decades of trying to attract new industries with tax breaks, North Carolina lawmakers are considering whether to just offer selected corporations upfront taxpayer money if they will move to the - state. The proposal for a new state incentive fund left solely to the - discretion of one of Gov. Pat McCrory’s appointees is headed toward last-minute legislative negotiations. Tax breaks in that only become available after workers are hired & factories built are no longer enough to draw huge manufacturing projects, asserted Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker, who would control what’s being called the - Job Catalyst Fund. The state budget being unveiled this week will contain $20 million this year for the - fund, asserted Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham. Decker asserted Wed. she would offer taxpayer money to manufacturers in that would hire hundreds of workers & attract many other companies in that want to supply parts or goods to the - huge factory’s production line. The upfront money could be used to buy or upgrade land or buildings. Aviation & international car manufacturers will be hunting for U.S. factory sites in the - coming decade, with lots of jobs in the - balance, she said. “This particular fund is intended for the - large, transformational kinds of projects,” Decker said. …

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