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Girl Falls From The Wave Rider in Pigeon Forge
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday July 18, 2017

A girl fell from The Wave Rider at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Police say the accident happened around 5 p.m. on Saturday and the 8-year-old girl was alert and talking before she was rushed to UT Medical Center. The extent of her injuries has not been released. WVLT reports The Wave Rider has been taken out of service and is under review. The Wave Rider was inspected and approved on June 13.


CNBC Ranks Tennessee's Transportation & Infrastructure 2nd in US
TDOT Monday July 17, 2017

For the eighth year in a row, Tennessee's transportation system ranks as one of the best in the nation, according to CNBC's 2017 study "America's Top States for Business." According to the report, Tennessee is second in the category of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Tennessee is the only state topping the list that has no transportation debt. Zero debt allows TDOT to dedicate 100% of its funds to infrastructure maintenance and improvements rather than interest payments.

"This study recognizes TDOT's commitment to provide a superior transportation network that serves our citizens and fosters economic growth," TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. "With this year's passage of the IMPROVE Act, Tennessee can continue to have a high quality transportation system that addresses the needs of our communities."

The CNBC report scored all 50 states on 60 measures of competitiveness developed with input from a broad array of business and policy experts. States received points based on their rankings in each metric. Those metrics were then separated into ten broad categories, including the vitality of each state's transportation system.

Tennessee ranked ninth overall in the study, also scoring in the top ten in the categories of business friendliness, economy, and cost of doing business.


Fentress Co. Commission Appoints New Sheriff Tonight
Peg Broadcasting News Monday July 17, 2017

The Fentress County Commission will appoint a new permanent Sheriff tonight ( Monday, July 17) during their regularly scheduled monthly meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Commissioners will choose from five candidates including Interim Sheriff Gary Wayne Ledbetter, James Allen Conatser, Rodney Benson Insco, Michael Andrew Reagon and Tommy Lee Rosencrats. The appointment comes just days before former Fentress County Sheriff Charles "Chucky" Cravens is scheduled to appear in court on July 20 for sentencing after he pleaded guilty to using his position to have sex with female inmates at the Fentress County Jail. The newly appointed Sheriff will be sworn in by General Sessions Judge Todd Burnett in the Large Courtroom of the Fentress County Justice Center at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18.


Sparta Woman Dies Following Hit-And-Run Accident
Peg Broadcasting News Monday July 17, 2017

A White County woman died following a hit-and-run accident in Nashville early Saturday morning. Authorities say 29-year-old Kayla D. Anderson, of Sparta, went to a convenience market with a friend when she reportedly walked away. The friend says Anderson was intoxicated. Around 3:30 a.m. a witness heard tires squeal and a woman scream. Based on her injuries, police think Anderson was lying in the road on Charlotte Pike when she was hit. She died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. As of Sunday afternoon, the driver of the vehicle that hit Anderson remained at large.


Hiker dies after cardiac distress near Mt. Le Conte
WVLT Monday July 17, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers responded to a call about a man in cardiac distress on Alum Cave Trail Saturday morning.

Investigators said Phillip Basset Davenport, 47, was hiking down the trail from Mt. Le Conte with friends after his stay at LeConte Lodge on Friday.

Rangers said Davenport passed out three miles from the trail-head and that bystanders administered CPR.

Park medics responded, but Davenport passed away around 11:14 Saturday morning.


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