Former State Legislator Dies

Former state legislator Laban Ray DeFriese died Wednesday in Franklin at the age of 79. Born in Chattanoga, Mr. DeFriese was a graduate of Tyner High School, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Tennessee Law School. In the early 70s, he served in the Tennessee House of Representatives. He also created a successful business, Continental Caviar, and became one of only two Tennesseans ever featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the Heritage Funeral Home chapel. Visit the Chattanogan for more information.