Fire crews in Walker County battled an early morning blaze at the Chickamauga landfill. Around 2 a.m. Wednesday, material that had been brought to the landfill, located off North Marble Top Road, on Tuesday flared up in the construction and demolition section, where building waste such as lumber, glass and brick is disposed, according to a news release. … [Read more...] about Walker County fire crews battle Wednesday morning fire
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Screenshot of EPB outage map. Screenshot of EPB outage map. Photo by Screenshot of https://epb.com/outage-map EPB internet service was cut off for some of its more than 103,000 EPB Fi customers this evening, although most appear now to be back on line. J.Ed. Marston, vice president of marketing, said tonight that a network problem caused some interruptions in internet-related services, although he did not immediately know how many people were affected by the fiber optic problems. "At this point, I don't know how many customers may have been affected or what exactly caused the problem," he said. EPB's electricity service did not have outages because of the network problems, officials said. EPB serves more than 160,000 power customers in and around Chattanooga. This is a developing story. More details to follow. … [Read more...] about EPB internet outage cuts out service in some areas
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Four more people have been indicted on fraud charges for prescribing unneeded pain creams to bilk insurers. An indictment unsealed Monday alleges that Dr. Shahjahan Sultan of Madison, Dr. Thomas Edward Sturdavant of Kingsport, Tennessee, Freda Cal Covington of Hattiesburg and Fallon Deenem Page of Soso took part in the scheme. Prosecutors say it improperly reaped $7 million. The indictment says the scheme targeted federal military insurer Tricare and private insurers Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and United Healthcare of Mississippi. The indictment says at least three other unnamed people were involved. It also implicates an unnamed Mississippi Gulf Coast pharmacy. Sultan and Page pleaded not guilty on Monday in Hattiesburg and are free on bail. Covington and Sturdavant are scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday. … [Read more...] about More indictments in Mississippi over bogus pain creams
Former Democratic Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke needed to be asked three times in an interview recently whether illegal border crossings ought to be illegal. His eventual answer was a non-answer. Former Democratic Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke needed to... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. Democratic presidential hopefuls face a challenge as they gather in Miami for the opening round of primary debates: presenting immigration ideas that go beyond simply bashing the Trump administration. Most of the proposals that the contenders have advanced combine long-held Democratic priorities — such as a pathway to U.S. citizenship for millions of people in the country illegally — with lofty rhetoric and plenty of knocks on President Donald Trump. But many of the candidates have simply scratched the surface of a far deeper issue. Immigrant advocates say they worry that the Trump administration's hard-line tactics, including a publicized but later … [Read more...] about Can 2020 Democrats do more than just bash Trump on immigration?