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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.


Harwell Will Run for Governor
AP Monday July 17, 2017

Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell says she is running for governor. Harwell told The Tennessean that she has "a proven, practical results record" with nearly 30 years of legislative experience including six years in leadership. Harwell cited her work on issues ranging from taxes to education during an interview at her Nashville home.


Operation Southern Shield Starts Monday
AP Monday July 17, 2017

Police in five Southeastern states are launching a weeklong program to reduce summertime wrecks and traffic deaths. "Operation Southern Shield" starts Monday in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Extra patrols are being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Statistics from the agency show wrecks killed about 35,000 people in the United States in 2015.


Blount Co. Firefighter Has Heart Attack While Responding to Deadly Home Explosion
AP Monday July 17, 2017

One of the firefighters responding to a deadly home explosion in eastern Tennessee has been hospitalized following a heart attack. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Blount County Firefighter Patrick Morehead was at the scene of the explosion when he started having chest pains. Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Phillips said Morehead had to have surgery but is recovering and should be released from the hospital soon. Two people died in the explosion that leveled a 1,200-square-foot home.


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