LaFayette Courthouse Evacuated When Suspicious Package Found

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The LaFayette County courthouse was evacuated on Wednesday, after a suspicious package was noticed.

According to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson, at approximately 11:20 a.m., a soft pack personal cooler was located outside the building at 103 S. Duke Street. A pull-over jacket was lying beside the cooler.

Out of an abundance of caution, the sheriff’s personnel evacuated the area up to 300 feet around the building and asked for assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s explosive technician to come and examine the package.

During the course of waiting for the technician to arrive, it was discovered that there had been a class held by the State Probation Office in the building on Tuesday evening. Probation Office personnel assisted in calling all the attendees of the meeting. The owner of the box and clothing garment was located and confirmed that the items located belonged to him. Subsequently, the package was opened and it was found to be empty.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office made certain that there was no remaining threat and the scene returned to normal around 12:40 p.m.


Dump Truck, Van Collide Tuesday Morning In East Brainerd

Two large vehicles were involved in a collision in East Brainerd late Tuesday morning. The wreck involved a dump truck and a panel van. It happened at the intersection of Ooltewah-Ringgold Road and East Brainerd Road. The accident occurred around 11:10 a.m. (click for more)

Director Of New Bradley County Workhouse To Be Named Wednesday

The director of the new Bradley County Workhouse will be named Wednesday, Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson said. The Sheriff’s Office will host a meeting of the Law Enforcement Committee of the Bradley County Commission at noon in the BCSO Community Room next to the lobby area. Construction is set to begin soon on the workhouse, which will house up to 128 non-violent, ... (click for more)

Rick Smith Should Not Be Paid To Leave

Taxpayers of Hamilton County should take note that a majority of the members of the school board are getting ready to give Rick Smith the buyout that he wants.  Do you agree that someone should be paid for taking the coward's way out?  Rick Smith should be fired for cause. Not paid to leave.   If you don't want the board members to pay him off, call or ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Momma Bears Roar

If I could count Hamilton County’s best educators on one hand, Normal Park Elementary Principal Jill Levine would be the biggest finger. What she and her faculty and a dazzling commitment from both her students and parents have accomplished is an educational dream. I am told people literally move to North Chattanooga just so their children will be zoned for the award-winning school. ... (click for more)

Bradley Edges Cleveland, 88-86, On Copeland Game-Winner In Fourth OT

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Monday turned into a more bang for your bucks night at Jim Smiddy Arena. But, the capacity crowd probably should have expected the bargain. Back on Dec. 8, Bradley Central knocked off bitter rival Cleveland in an overtime thriller. On Monday, the two teams took a walk on the wild side in a colossal four-overtime, 88-86, District 5-3A barn-burner ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Softball Picked To Win SoCon Title

The Chattanooga Mocs have been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2016 Southern Conference softball title by the league's head coaches. Senior second baseman Criket Blanco was named Preseason First-Team All-SoCon and sophomore pitcher Cori Jennings, senior shortstop Alyssa Taylor and senior outfielder Sam Taylor were selected to the Preseason Second-Team All-SoCon. ... (click for more)