If you drive northeast of Chattanooga for about an hour, you will arrive in Athens, Tennessee. The town of about 13,000 residents bills itself as “the friendly city” that is “conveniently located between Knoxville and Chattanooga.”
If you drive north of Chattanooga for about 140 miles, you will come to small, sparsely populated Clay County. A doctor in the rural Middle Tennessee county was recently arrested on drug crime charges, accused of overprescribing opioids and benzodiazepines for no legitimate reason.
If you drive northwest of Chattanooga for about 180 miles, you will come to Clarksville, where an educator is struggling with a serious legal problem. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Stewart County director of schools has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
If you travel 180 miles northwest of Chattanooga and 22 years backwards in time, you will find police baffled by a murder in a suburban Clarksville mobile home park. On a late October afternoon in 1996, a young woman was found dead by her landlord on her living room floor.
Tennessee, like most states, has specific laws in place regarding different kinds of theft. People can face criminal charges for everything from armed robbery to embezzlement. One form of theft that people tend to think of as not a big deal is shoplifting.
Graduation ceremonies for undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga are this Saturday, which means a weekend of fun and celebration is right ahead. That also means that some graduates, friends and family members will find themselves confronted with red and blue flashing lights, a roadside sobriety test, and in some cases, an arrest for DUI.