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Roane Co. Sheriff's Office: 14-year-old sneaked out to meet man she talked to on Snapchat
WVLT Wednesday June 15, 2016

KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- According to the Roane County Sheriff's Office, a 14-year-old girl tried to sneak out of her house and meet Mackenzie Lee Huffman, a 21-year-old man she talked to on Snapchat and Instagram.

The incident report stated that at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, the teen's parents woke up to find their daughter missing from her room. The parents told deputies that as they were leaving their driveway, they noticed headlights coming from the Bells Cove boat ramp. They said they blocked the road and found their daughter in a truck with Huffman.

Deputies said Huffman and the teen used Snapchat and Instagram to coordinate the meetup at the boat ramp.

The teen went to East Tennessee Children's Hospital for an examination. At the time of the report, deputies did not believe there was enough evidence to support a sexual assault charge.

Huffman is charged with driving on a suspended license and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)

 
Soak Creek Named Tennessee


Soak Creek Named Tennessee's First Scenic River in 15 Years
TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation Wednesday June 15, 2016

NASHVILLE – Soak Creek, a tributary of the Piney River in East Tennessee, has been named Tennessee’s newest Scenic River – the first designation since 2001.

After unanimous bipartisan approval by the State House and Senate, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed legislation adding Soak Creek to the list of 15 state waterways designated as Scenic Rivers. Winding through Bledsoe, Cumberland and Rhea Counties, a specific segment of Soak Creek – from its junction with Georgia Branch near Stinging Falls State Natural Area to its intersection with the Piney River near Piney Falls State Natural Area – received the designation.

The push for designation came about from the support of local landowners and with the assistance of The Nature Conservancy, American Whitewater, and the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation. The State Scenic River designation provides protection to the river without impacting property rights. The designation also promotes public awareness about river stewardship and long-term protection of the river and its corridor.

This free-flowing creek serves as critical habitat in an area recognized as one of the country’s best remaining examples of a major biotic community. Wildflowers – including the native dwarf milkwort and spotted geranium – are in abundance as well as old growth forests and picturesque waterfalls.

Soak Creek is also known as a mecca for whitewater recreational kayaking. Kayakers rate this wilderness paddling route as one of the premier class III-IV runs in the Cumberland Mountains.

The popular Cumberland Trail, which follows a line of pristine high ridges and deep gorges for approximately 185 miles, is proposed to parallel about four miles of Soak Creek. This section of the trail would connect hikers to Stinging Fork Falls State Natural Area, Piney Falls State Natural Area and the 2,000-acre Piney River Resource Management Area of the Cumberland Trail.

“Soak Creek is a truly remarkable scenic river corridor,” said Jane Polansky, administrator of Tennessee’s Scenic Rivers Program. “Here you can enjoy the peaceful sound of free-flowing water while watching a great blue heron fly by. We encourage visitors to come and enjoy this area and the more than 400 miles of scenic waterways in Tennessee.”

 


Rockwood Police Dept. Offering Active Shooter Class
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday June 15, 2016

As a shocked nation continues to grieve last weekend’s massacre at an Orlando nightclub, the Rockwood Police Department is offering a course in surviving such an attack. Authorities in Rockwood say you can survive such an incident but you have to be prepared. The Rockwood Police Department’s Active Shooter Class will teach you how to survive such an event. The class is free to any group or organization regardless of size and will be taught by officers certified by the Department of Justice. If you would like to take part in the Active Shooter Class, contact the Rockwood Police Department at 865-354-3388.

 


Pilot dies following Weekend Crash in Hamilton County
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday June 15, 2016

The pilot of a small plane that crashed in Hamilton County on Saturday has died. Todd Silver was one of two survivors after his plane went down at the Collegedale airport. His young daughter was the other survivor. Sadly, officials now say the Mr. Silver has died from his injuries. The accident also claimed the lives of Silver’s mother and his son. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

 


Harriman police chief plans to step down
WVLT Wednesday June 15, 2016

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidel announced his plans to retire. A statement from the city attorney cited a "tense workplace" after a series of allegations came out against the chief.

According to Local 8 Now, the city attorney said in light of the retirement, the city will not continue its investigation of whether Heidel violated ethical city and police policy and mismanaged the department.

All criminal investigations are at the discretion of the district attorney's office. The district attorney has not confirmed if a criminal investigation will go forward.

The position remains open and there will be an application process for anyone interested and qualified individuals.

This comes after he was placed on administrative leave Thursday.

A packet containing 19 allegations against him was distributed to the city manager, district attorney, council members and the city attorney's office earlier last week.

Some of the allegations included: he took car parts from police cruisers and used them on his personal car; that he held a birthday party for his son under the guise of airsoft gun training; and that he yelled at and belittled his employees on a regular basis.

 

 
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