Man injured in single car crash
One man was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash on Old Fifteenth Road in Del Rio at 12:50 a.m. on Saturday.
Deputy Lt. Michael Whitmer said the incident involved a 1990 GEO Tracker operated by Kyler Scott McGill, 20, Huff Road, Cosby, and occurred near the intersection with Coggins Road.
There were four passengers in the Tracker but the only one injured was identified as Brody Thomas Duran Williams, 22, Ninth Street, Newport, who was totally ejected from the vehicle.
Whitmer said while negotiating a curve, McGill attempted to downshift to slow down. The Tracker made contact with loose gravel on the roadway. The vehicle left the roadway, went down a six-foot embankment and then flipped onto its side, ejecting Williams, who was in the front passenger seat and not restrained.
McGill reportedly told Whitmer he had drunk four beers several hours before the crash. As a result he was charged with underage driving while impaired and no insurance.
Williams was flown to the UT Medical Center trauma unit in Knoxville.
WSCC campuses to open late Monday
All campuses of Walters State Community College will open late on Monday to allow employees to attend the fall convocation.
The Morristown Campus will open at 9:30 a.m. Campuses in Greeneville, Sevierville and Tazewell will open at 11 a.m.
Barn and apartment burns in fire
A large pole barn and attached apartment was destroyed by fire on Lower Cliff Road in Cocke County on Monday.
The structure was owned by Ronnie Hartsell and Debbie McGill.
Cocke County Firefighter Cody Keys said the fire was reported at 11:39 a.m. A witness said a pile of debris was being burned and it apparently spread to the structure. When Cosby firefighters arrived on the scene they concentrated on cooling a 500-gallon propane tank until workmen from the Jefferson-Cocke County Utility arrived on the scene. When Cocke County firefighters arrived they concentrated on preventing the flames from spreading to a second nearby barn. Although a small portion of the barn did catch fire because of the intense heat, the structure was saved with just minimal damage.
There were no animals in the barn, but the structural loss is placed at $100,000 and the loss of contents is placed at $50,000.
Grassy Fork Volunteer firefighters also assisted in fighting the flames.
State to mark women’s suffrage anniversary
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is holding events to celebrate the 99th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which ushered in women’s right to vote.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, the Tennessee State Museum and the Tennessee State Library and Archives are collaborating on events Friday and Saturday in Nashville.
Congress passed the 19th Amendment in June 1919. Three-fourths of state legislatures were required to ratify the amendment for its nationwide adoption. Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed for ratification in August 1920.
The park and museum will feature living history programs and hands-on activities. Historians will depict stories related to the women’s suffrage movement at the park.
Keeping with Tennessee’s “Perfect 36” nickname, the Tennessee State Parks Run Club will host the Perfect 3.6 Race for Ratification on Saturday.
Baptist college kicks out transgender student
GALLATIN (AP) — A 21-year-old transgender man says his private Tennessee college kicked him out after he got breast reduction surgery.
Yanna Awtrey tells the Tennessean that his Baptist missionary parents wanted him to attend Welch College, previously known as the Free Will Baptist Bible College.
He says he was outed to school officials, who ordered him to conceal his gender identity and attend Christian therapy.
He started transitioning this spring, and says he thought everything would be OK if he kept the surgery secret.
But student services Vice President Jon Forlines emailed Awtrey the day of the surgery saying Awtrey couldn’t return to student housing. The school paid for a week in a hotel, then brought Awtrey before a disciplinary committee that cited a “sexual perversion” rule for the suspension.
Cash offered for info on killing from 18 years ago
PARIS (AP) — Authorities are asking for help for the public’s help in the case of a Tennessee woman who was found dead 18 years ago.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says new evidence and leads have emerged in the killing of 72-year-old Etta Etheridge in Paris, Tennessee.
Paris police responded to a Henry County home where Etteridge was found unresponsive on June 8, 2001. Investigators ruled her death a homicide.
The TBI is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Anyone with information about the case can contact the TBI.
Freed inmate marries recording artist
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown, an inmate recently released on clemency after being given a life sentence at the age of 16, has married recording artist J. Long, formerly associated with the R&B group Pretty Ricky.
Wes Yoder, a representative for Brown-Long, the name she now goes by, confirmed Monday that the two had wed, but declined to provide more details, only saying that more would be revealed in the fall. Brown’s book, “Free Cyntoia,” is scheduled for release Oct. 15 through Atria Books.
Brown-Long was released on probation last week after getting clemency. Her case drew the attention of celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and LeBron James, who lobbied on her behalf.
Brown-Long has said she was a sex trafficking victim at the time she killed a man in 2004. Now 31, Brown will remain on parole for 10 years, on condition that she does not violate any state or federal laws, holds a job and participates in regular counseling sessions, under conditions set by former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.
Pretty Ricky, which originated in Florida, is known for their 2006 single, “Grind With Me,” which hit No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Federal utility head says no need to boost rates
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — The president of the nation’s largest public utility says he will recommend suspending a plan to boost electric rates next year.
Tennessee Valley Authority President Jeff Lyash told the Chattanooga Times Free Press in an interview last week that the federal utility has improved its balance sheet over the past few years and with operational improvements, it should be able to avoid any wholesale rate hikes over the next decade.
He said increases had been planned over the next four years to reduce debt.
Lyash took his position in April. He says said his predecessor, Bill Johnson, greatly helped shore up TVA’s finances.
The TVA board is scheduled to adopt rates and vote on its 2020 budget at its Aug. 22 board meeting.