Mild Sunday before colder temps and snow is in the forecast

Weather Update: 4:50 PM Saturday This afternoon was mild for being half-way through winter. There were a few passing clouds but no other activity across the region. High pressure will keep things mild for one more day across West Tennessee. A cold front will approach West Tennessee by Sunday night and this will bring much colder air and the prospect…

Woman jailed on murder charge in death of Marion County boy

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a 30-year-old woman has been arrested on charges of murder and child abuse in the death of her boyfriend’s son. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Holly Rutledge, of Whitwell, was arrested Friday night at her job and booked into the Marion County Jail on $50,000 bond. It is not clear if she has…

Coal incentives

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would make the hard-hit coal industry eligible for state economic incentives. House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins said Friday the measure would “right a wrong” by letting coal companies seek the same economic incentives already available for other businesses and industries. The measure cleared the House on an…

Hattiesburg schools

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Classified employees in the financially troubled Hattiesburg Public School District will be subject to a 5 percent salary cut for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. That’s according to a letter sent Thursday by interim Superintendent Greg Ladner. The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1NUeqHb) Ladner sent out additional letters on the cuts Friday to the approximately…

Lawyer disciplined

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court says a lawyer who was embroiled in a sex-scandal with a drug-addicted client deserves more punishment than a board’s recommended 30-day suspension of his law license. The state’s highest court on Thursday said Knoxville attorney Robert Vogel should have his law license suspended for a year. Vogel said he wasn’t aware of…

$3 million worth of meth seized in Hinds County traffic stop

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Hinds County Sheriff’s Department says a traffic stop Wednesday resulted in one of the largest interdiction seizure of methamphetamine – reportedly valued at $3 million – in state history. Officials said in a news release that the discovery was made by a Hinds County K-9 unit after a 2015 Toyota Corolla was stopped near Interstate…

19 confirmed cases of salmonella in Estill County

IRVINE, Ky. (AP) – Estill County Emergency Management says there are 19 confirmed salmonella cases and 41 people with gastrointestinal illnesses in the county. In a Facebook post, Estill County Emergency Management says the health department is investigating the salmonella outbreak, which began at the beginning of the year, and is still trying to find the cause. The post says…

Missouri considers easing adoptee birth certificate access

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Danika Donatti first met her biological father when he was in hospice dying from complications of a disease she might also carry. Donatti, 18, was adopted shortly after birth. She has known the names of her biological parents since childhood, but she didn’t try to form a relationship with them until she learned her biological…

3 former firefighters indicted on arson charges

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) – Three of the six former Hancock County firefighters have been indicted by a grand jury on arson charges after a string of suspicious fires in 2014 and early 2015. The Sun Herald reports those indicted Tuesday included 28-year-old Crystal Lynn Mooneyhan, of Bay St. Louis; 26-year-old Michael Spencer Smith, of Bay St. Louis; and…

Arkansas up for grabs after Huckabee exit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s exit from the presidential race doesn’t just open up a new hunt for his home state’s Republican delegates in the March 1 primary. It could also expose where the rifts lie in the GOP two years after it completed its sweep of Arkansas offices. Huckabee’s announcement last week that he was…