Morristown Man dies after hang gliding accident

OLIVER SPRINGS, (AP) — Law enforcement officials say a man has died after being involved in a hang gliding accident.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tyler Mayes says 45-year-old Patrick Scott Lucas of Morristown died Saturday afternoon near the Oliver Springs Airport. Lucas was the only person on board. No one else was hurt.

The accident took place on a private airstrip about 100 yards away from the airport.

Law enforcement, medical personnel and a medical examiner arrived on the scene shortly after the accident took place. Further details about the man’s death and what caused the accident were not immediately released.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Powerball winner in Hendersonville

NASHVILLE – Jackpot! A $198 million Powerball jackpot was won in Hendersonville, Tennessee last night, making it the seventh time a player in the state has matched all six numbers to win the top prize in the popular multi-state game.

The Tennessee Lottery advises the as-yet unknown ticket-holder to sign the back of the ticket, keep it in a secure location, consult with a financial advisor, and call the Lottery’s headquarters in Nashville before coming to claim the prize. The winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize.

The Lottery will announce any additional information as it becomes available.

Unwieldy TennCare system confused officials, led to purge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A newspaper investigation says the unwieldy paperwork system behind Tennessee’s low-income health insurance program caused thousands of children to lose coverage.

The Tennessean investigation says late, incomplete and unreturned paperwork made it difficult for TennCare to determine eligibility, leading it to drop more children than any other state Medicaid program.

Most TennCare coverage is automatically renewed annually. From 2016 to 2018, the state required 319,000 children’s eligibility verified through a system that relied on mailed hard-copy forms. At least 128,000 children were purged out of the roughly 220,000 who faced disenrollment.

The findings are based on the analysis of renewal records and contradict Republican officials who partly blamed the purge on Tennessee’s improving economy. Agency spokeswoman Sarah Tanksley says the records aren’t reliable. TennCare has since revamped its system.

Man dies after being infected with flesh-eating bacteria

MEMPHIS (AP) — A Tennessee man died this week after being infected with a flesh-eating bacteria during a trip to a Florida beach.

According to news reports, the man became ill shortly after returning from vacation in Destin Beach where he was visiting family for the 4th of July.

Cheryl Wiygul, the man’s daughter, says the family discovered that a large sore had developed on her dad’s back once they had returned home, as well as red bumps on his arms and legs. The man died on July 7, just 48 hours after his last swim in Florida.

Wiygul added that while her dad didn’t have any open cuts or wounds, he did have a compromised immune system due to cancer treatments and that may have put him at greater risk.

Erratic driver faces meth charges

A Morristown man stopped for alleged erratic driving on East Andrew Johnson Highway on Saturday was jailed on a felony crystal-meth charge, and remained in the Hamblen County Jail this morning in lieu of $75,000 bond, according to authorities.

Lance Allen Helton, 31, Barclay Landing Drive, allegedly was holding 10.8 grams of crystal meth, three hypodermic needles and digital scales, according to Lt. Gene Watson, the lead narcotics investigator with the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department.

Watson reported that Helton wasn’t the coolest or wiliest allegedly drug dealer he’s ever encountered. Helton was extremely jittery before he gave Watson and Sgt. Marti Wolfe permission to search his vehicle. When he climbed out, a bag that held the crystal meth fell to the ground, according to a warrant. Helton was also wanted for failure to appear in court.

A passenger in Helton’s Nissan, Joshua David Morgan, 30, East Donaldson Drive, had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. Morgan allegedly was holding five Suboxone strips, a Schedule III drug, for which he had no prescription, along with $586 in suspected drug-sales proceeds, according to Wolfe. He’s charged with possession for resale.