CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A judge has dismissed most of the charges against a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student who was arrested after trying to approach a street preacher on campus.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Cole Montalvo is no longer facing charges of inciting to riot, disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice. However, Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes sent one charge — resisting arrest — to a grand jury.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Robert O'Connell, the executive director of the 13,000 member Tennessee State Employees Association, has announced he plans to retire in May.
O'Connell led the TSEA during four turbulent years. During his tenure, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and a GOP super-majority in the legislature made extensive changes to state civil service rules. The changes make it easier for executive branch employees to be hired and fired, and allow pay to be raised or lowered based on performance.
O’Connell says he was deeply worried by the implications.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Almost 100 National Guard soldiers based in Murfreesboro are deploying to Afghanistan.
The Daily News Journal reports that the soldiers said goodbye to their loved ones yesterday at the city's National Guard Armory as they prepare to go to Fort Bliss for a month of training before heading overseas.