City settles lawsuit
The city Morristown and former accountant Laverne “Debbie” Stamper have settled a federal wrongful-termination lawsuit. City government did not admit any wrongdoing.
Knoxville lawyer Emily C. Taylor, who represented city government’s liability-insurance carrier, maintained Stamper was fired for substandard work and Stamper was treated no differently than other city employees.
Stamper’s attorney, Knoxville lawyer Jesse D. Nelson, argued his client was singled out for extra work, duties that aggravated her Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr virus and chronic fatigue, which allegedly violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
The notice of settlement was filed on Friday. On Monday, plaintiff’s and defense attorneys filed a joint stipulation of dismissal.
Cocke County man dies while working on skid steer
A Cocke County man died Monday of injuries he sustained while he worked on a skid steer on his Parrottsville property.
Deputy Zack Shelton identified the victim as 76-year-old Richard Sawyer Jones.
Shelton said when he arrived on the scene on Secluded River Circle, he found the skid steer about to go down a steep embankment. Upon arrival, Pamela Jones, said the victim was down the embankment and unresponsive.
The officer said he found the victim lying on his back, with no sign of life.
The victim’s 72-year-old wife, Marlene, said she was inside the home just after 10 a.m. when she heard her husband calling for help. She went outside to find her husband pinned underneath the bucket of the piece of equipment. Mrs. Jones said the skid steer was running and she got into the seat and her husband told her how to lift up the bucket. When the bucket was lifted, Mr. Jones fell back, began gasping and having labored breathing.
At that point, 911 was called.
According to Mrs. Jones, the victim had been working on the skid steer all night, which was not unusual considering his sleeping routine.
Two sent to hospital from crash
A Rogersville man and woman were transported to Morristown-Hamblen hospital Monday afternoon after their car was struck by another vehicle on East Andrew Johnson Highway.
Loretta M. Dalton, 59, and Gary R. Dalton, 64, were both transported by ambulance to the hospital, according to a police report.
Charles E. Fields, 73, of Morristown, the driver of the other vehicle, was cited for failure to use due care.
According to a report, Fields, driving a 2018 black Ford Escape, pulled out of the parking lot of CVS on East Andrew Johnson Highway near Ridgelawn Drive.
Loretta Dalton, driving a 2015 Toyota Rav4 with Gary Dalton as a passenger, was traveling eastbound on East Andrew Johnson Highway.
Fields pulled out of the parking lot and hit the passenger side of the Toyota.
Police said Fields was at fault in the incident.
Man dies at Smokies after tree falls on vehicle
GATLINBURG (AP) — A man has died after a tree fell on his vehicle at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
A statement from the park says 64-year-old Patrick Cook Elliott of Knoxville died shortly after his vehicle was struck by the tree Monday along Little River Road about 7 miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center.
Park officials say there were no obvious signs of blunt force trauma due to the impact of the fallen tree and Elliott’s cause of death is under investigation.
A passenger in the vehicle wasn’t injured.
No other details were immediately available.
Areas of Land Between the Lakes closed to remove debris
GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says areas of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area will be closed for several days so crews can clear storm debris.
A statement from the agency on Monday says three severe storms with high winds, heavy rains and lightning moved over Land Between the Lakes during the weekend.
Forest Service crews began clearing roads and campgrounds on Friday, but trees have continued to fall.
U.S. Forest Service area manager Tina Tilley says several agencies are working to clear downed trees and restore power across Land Between the Lakes, which encompasses more than 170,000 acres (68,800 hectares) in western Kentucky and Tennessee.
Roads where hazards have been identified are blocked with barricades. She urged the public to observe barricades and not venture into closed areas.
FedEx sues to block enforcement of export regulations
WASHINGTON (AP) — FedEx is suing the United States government over export rules it says are virtually impossible to follow because it handles millions of packages a day.
The delivery company says most packages are sealed when customers drop them off. It compares names and addresses of shippers and recipients against a government list of groups and people who could be national security risks.
Memphis, Tennessee-based FedEx sued the Commerce Department and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday in federal court in Washington.
The department said in a statement it has not reviewed the complaint but looks forward to “defending our role in protecting U.S. national security.”
Last year, FedEx paid $500,000 to settle government allegations that it violated export rules in handling some shipments to flagged entities in France and Pakistan.
Police: Tennessee child fatally shot
MEMPHIS (AP) — Police in Tennessee say a toddler was fatally shot at an apartment complex.
Memphis police told news outlets they are still investigating how the child was shot and who is responsible.
Police responded shortly after 1:30 p.m. Monday, and the boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Police said a couple of hours later that the child had died. His identity hasn’t been released.
Gas station clerk: Man took $62, trapped her in beer cooler
MEMPHIS (AP) — A Tennessee man is accused of holding up a Memphis gas station, throwing hot coffee on the clerk and trapping her in a beer cooler.
News outlets report 53-year-old Christopher Brown was arrested Sunday and charged with robbery and kidnapping.
An affidavit says Brown initially bought some items, then balled his hand into a fist and demanded money. It says the clerk opened the register, gave him $62 and then Brown forced her to a back office seeking more money. None was found. Then, the clerk says, Brown threw hot coffee in her face and put her in a beer cooler held shut with a utility dolly.
Police later found Brown on a city bus and arrested him.
It’s unclear whether he has an attorney who could comment.
Police: Connecticut man wanted in stabbings killed in Texas
NASHVILLE (AP) — A Connecticut man wanted by police in a random stabbing that left a Tennessee man dead and his wife wounded was killed Monday after stabbing a deputy in Texas, authorities say.
According to the Texas Highway Patrol, a Gaines County deputy came across Peter Alexander Bohning, of Kent, Connecticut, while responding to a call of a suspicious person and vehicle early Monday in Seminole, a city of about 7,500 people near the rural Texas-New Mexico border.
When the deputy asked him for identification, Bohning stabbed the deputy, Texas Highway Patrol Sgt. Oscar Villarreal said in a news release. The deputy then shot the 34-year-old Bohning, who was pronounced dead at a hospital in Seminole. The deputy was flown to a Lubbock hospital, where he was in stable condition Monday afternoon, Villarreal said.
Bohning was driving a gray Toyota Camry at the time. That car matches the description of a car Metro Nashville Police believed Bohning had fled in after a stabbing in that Tennessee city.
The car belonged to Leigh Ann and Donald Zirkle, who had been sitting on their back porch around 3:30 p.m. Friday when a stranger approached and asked for directions before attacking them, according to police.
Leigh Ann Zirkle ran through the house and out the front door before collapsing in the street, where neighbors saw her and rendered aid, a police statement said.
Officers then found Donald Zirkle critically wounded at the rear of the house, it said. The man was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died.
A silver Subaru sedan with Connecticut license plates was parked in the street at the side of the Zirkles’ house with its rear doors open. The car was registered to Bohning.
The attack on the couple triggered an immediate manhunt for the suspect.
On Sunday, Bohning’s mother, Sue Ellen Bohning, told The News-Times that her son had mental problems and had left home about a week earlier. She told the newspaper that murder “doesn’t sound like him.”