Apartment building destroyed in fire

Firefighters from three agencies night responded to a blaze in Del Rio Thursday night destroyed a three apartment building on South Highway 107, authorities say.

Steven Payne, a Cocke County firefighter, said the 10 p.m. fire destroyed the structure, which is owned by Fred Pack. He said the roof on the unoccupied structure collapsed soon after the fire was discovered.

The Del Rio and Parrottsville volunteer fire departments assisted in fighting the blaze. The cause of the $31,800 fire has not been determined.

‘Minor’ train issue blocks multiple crossings

Hamblen County Emergency Management Agency Director Chris Bell said a “minor train issue” stopped a long train in Morristown Saturday morning, blocking several crossings.

Bell said the issue was expected to continue until at least late morning and that nothing dangerous to the public had occurred. He stressed there was no need for Hazmat.

The crossings affected are: Henry St., Cumberland St., Hill Street, James Street, Montvue Avenue, Liberty Hill, Hale Avenue and South Park.

Sheriff’s office asks for help locating man

Hamblen County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating Michael Dean Inman II. Inman should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the release.

“If you see this individual please contact the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Department at 423-586-3781 or Hamblen County Dispatch at 423-585-2701,” the release states.

Sheriff’s Department officials declined to reveal why Inman is wanted but he does have a criminal history.

In February of 2018, Inman II was charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest and had an outstanding warrant for theft of property after reported using a truck to “lunge” at police officers.

It is unclear whether the current situation is related to previous charges.

Longhorn Steakhouse to host Blood Drive

The Medic Regional Bloodmobile will be at Longhorn Steakhouse for a special “Shark Week” drive on Friday, June 19.

Hours for giving are from noon to 7 p.m.

All donors will receive a free limited edition “Shark Week” T-shirt, a free Ripley’s Aquarium at the Smokies ticket, coupon for a free Longhorn Steakhouse appetizer and a $5 coupon for dine-in purchase at Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina.

All blood types are needed, especially O-positive and O-negative types to combat summer blood shortages.

For more information, contact Felecia Rhodes, donor resource coordinator/paramedic at 865-521-2670 (office), 865-719-9654 (cell) or 865-521-2642 (fax). Email Frhodes@medicblood.org.

Man injured in crash identified

The Tennessee Highway Patrol now has identified the man who was seriously injured in a multiple roll-over crash in Cocke County on Thursday as Ronald W. Witham, a 33-year-old man from Wittensville, Kentucky.

It appeared that Witham, who was partially ejected from his 2007 Ford Focus, had been drinking alcohol prior to the 10:34 a.m. crash on South Highway 321, according to the THP.

Witham currently is charged with reckless driving, criminal impersonation, failure to exercise due care, no seat belt, no driver’s license, no insurance and violation of the registration law. Possible DUI charges are pending the outcome of a blood test.

Troopers reported Witham was southbound on South Highway 321 when he lost control in a curve near the Middle Creek Road intersection. The vehicle rolled off the right side of the roadway, and then traveled down an embankment. At that point, “the vehicle began to tumble end-over-end until coming to a final rest on its top,” the preliminary crash report states.

First Call EMS transported Witham to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville for treatment of unspecified injuries. Saturday afternoon, he was in a regular room, according to a hospital spokeswoman

Body found in GSMNP identified

GATLINBURG (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee have identified the deceased man whose remains were found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park officials say the remains of 64-year-old David J. Carver of Blount County were found Monday.

Officials say the Knox County Regional Forensic Center identified Carver by comparing medical records. The cause of death and activity at the time he died are under investigation, and an autopsy is being performed.

Park officials have said a hiker discovered the remains in an off-trail area near Laurel Creek Road in east Tennessee. The park said the remains appear to be several months old.

‘Endangered’ children from Tennessee found in Minnesota

WALKER (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says three young children who were the subject of an Endangered Child Alert have been found in northern Minnesota.

The bureau said Friday the children were found in Cass County with their non-custodial parents, who have been arrested.

Authorities say 6-year-old Analia Essex, 2-year-old Abigail Christian and 1-year-old Michale Christian went missing under suspicious circumstances Tuesday and were believed to be with their parents, who are not legally allowed to have the children.

No other details were immediately provided.

Lee mum on details of conversation with accused lawmaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee is remaining mum on details surrounding a recent conversation he had with a Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct.

Lee said on Thursday his conversation with Republican Rep. David Byrd was private and declined to confirm whether he had asked Byrd not to seek reelection. However, Lee said he wouldn’t run for reelection if he was in Byrd’s position.

Byrd texted The Associated Press Wednesday denying Lee attempted to persuade him from running again. He then asked to retract the statement by describing the conversation as “private.”

Byrd has been accused by three women of sexual misconduct decades ago when he was a high school teacher and coach but never charged. He hasn’t outright denied the allegations but has said he’s sorry if he hurt his students.

Man slain identified as Airborne solider

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — A man fatally shot on a Tennessee basketball court has been identified as a 101st Airborne Division soldier stationed at Fort Campbell.

A Fort Campbell spokesperson told news outlets 23-year-old Kendrick Grayer was a fire control specialist assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team. He died on July 4.

The Texas-native joined the Army in 2014 and arrived at Fort Campbell in 2015. Spc. Grayer’s awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Air Assault Badge.

The Clarksville Police Department say 22-year-old Adriam Hodge was charged on July 5 with homicide.

The investigation is ongoing.

Land Between the Lakes campground reopened

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area says a popular campground that was closed after a storm last month has been reopened.

The park said in a statement that the June 21 storm damaged Energy Lake Campground, which was near capacity. U.S. Forest Service staff evacuated the area as trees and debris fell on power lines.

No injuries were reported, but there was significant damage to the campground in Trigg County, causing it to remain closed until Wednesday.

The park said Taylor Bay Campground and Star Camp remain closed as workers continue to remove debris and cut dangerous trees.

Land Between the Lakes covers more than 170,000 acres (68,800 hectares) in western Kentucky and Tennessee.

3 vehicles owned by Elvis Presley going up for auction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elvis Presley fans can take to the road in his personal stretch limousine, on his last motorcycle or in a pickup truck if they have the money, an auction house announced Wednesday.

Kruse GWS Auctions said the items will be part of its Artifacts of Hollywood auction on Aug. 31.

Presley drove the white-on-white 1973 Lincoln Continental stretch many times around Memphis, Tennessee, Kruse said. It features an old-school TV and other amenities. There are photos showing “the King” driving the car he was in when he stopped at a car accident in Memphis in 1976.

The auction house said a 1976 Harley Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide motorcycle was the last motorcycle Presley ever purchased. He transported it from California to Memphis and sold it 90 days before he died in 1977 at age 42. The Harley has been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, South Dakota, since the late 1980s.

The third Presley vehicle is one of three GMC pickups that Presley purchased in 1967 for his Circle G Ranch in Mississippi. Two years later, his father, Vernon, sold them back to the same dealership, the auction house said. It has undergone a total restoration.