NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of the sport utility vehicles assigned to the governor’s office is getting more than $10,000 in repairs after getting caught on a security gate at the state Capitol.
Surveillance video obtained by The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/10vdZ1u ) shows the vehicle carrying Gov. Bill Haslam passing safely through the gate, but a GMC Denali trailing the governor’s car didn’t make it. Security pillars rose up from the pavement, lifting the SUV slightly off the ground and making it swerve.
The accident on May 7 damaged the rear suspension of the Denali, but caused no injuries.
The governor’s entourage was returning to the Capitol after a bill-signing ceremony in Clarksville and a speech at a bookstore in Nashville.
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) — Former 1st Judicial District Attorney General Joe Crumley led Jonesborough police on a brief chase before hitting a cruiser that was trying to stop him.
Police Chief Matt Hawkins said Crumley was driving downtown on Wednesday afternoon when he crossed into the oncoming lane, nearly striking an officer’s cruiser head-on.
The officer attempted to stop him. When Crumley kept going, another officer got in front of Crumley. Crumley then ran into the rear of that officer’s cruiser.
Hawkins said Crumley was talking on his cell phone and refused to get out of the car.
Shortly afterward, Crumley appeared to be in medical distress and was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center.
Criminal charges are pending.
A message left at a number listed for Crumley was not immediately returned.
Army investigators are probing the cause of a National Guard helicopter crash that killed two Knoxville pilots in Campbell County over the weekend, according to the News Sentinel. Tennessee Army National Guard 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams Jr., 26, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Cole, 41, were killed when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior went down near Exit 141 on Interstate 75 about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, said Tennessee Military Department spokesman Randy Harris.
The two pilots – both members of the 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron, Troop C, based at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base – were conducting a routine training flight at the time, he said.
The cause of the crash is unknown. An Army aviation safety team from Fort Rucker, Ala., is investigating, Harris said.
A LaFollette Utilities Board spokesperson said the aircraft struck power lines at some point in the course of the crash, causing brief outages in the surrounding area.
…”We as a state mourn with the families of 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Cole and our thoughts and prayers are with them,” Haslam said. “This is a somber reminder of how our troops face life-threatening situations in training as well as in combat.”
The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is the armed attack version of the OH-58 Kiowa observation and reconnaissance helicopter.
Two other Warrior pilots from the 1/230th’s Troop C – Capt. Marcus R. Alford Sr., 28, of Knoxville, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Billie Jean Grinder, 25, of Gallatin – were killed in a crash while deployed with the squadron near Mosul, Iraq in February 2010.
Family members of Alford and Grinder filed a lawsuit earlier this year in Knox County Circuit Court alleging that the helicopter’s electronic control system was a direct and proximate cause of their deaths because the helicopter’s producers were negligent in failing to correct and remove unsafe, dangerous and defective conditions about which they should have known.
Sent to media by Sen. Roy Herron via email:
In response to media inquiries, Senator Roy Herron is releasing the following statement:
Senator Roy Herron says he has a lot to be thankful for, even and especially after a bike wreck last Sunday.
Herron was training with a fellow Ironman triathlete for another Ironman scheduled for August. They were in Obion County biking and with the help of a strong wind they were moving rapidly. They topped a rise and suddenly were in a 90° turn with loose gravel on the pavement.
“Geometry class should have taught me that there is a big difference between 90° and 80°, which is about all the turn I made before I went off the road,” Herron laughed.
By the time Herron regained consciousness, two Good Samaritan college students had stopped. Together with his fellow cyclist, they carried him to the Union City Hospital. A scan revealed a broken clavicle (collarbone), eight or nine broken ribs, and a slightly collapsed lung. Herron then was life-flighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center Sunday night. Herron’s wife Nancy says he immediately began advocating in the emergency room for his release so that he could attend the legislative session the next afternoon, which he did. Since 1987, the only day of legislative session Herron has missed was for the birth of his youngest son.
Herron said he is mighty grateful for the excellent healthcare he received and also for his bike helmet. “Thanks to that helmet, there’s not anything wrong with my head after the wreck that was not already wrong with it before,” Herron laughed. Herron said he’s awfully grateful to be doing so well. He noted that many people feel more pain every day than he has any day since the wreck. And he recalls that his father suffered more pain every day since he was wounded during World War II until he died in 1977.
Herron said some of his friends have offered helpful suggestions like recommending that he take up miniature golf. But while he probably will miss the Ironman triathlon he hoped to do in August, he’ll be looking for another event as soon as he is able.
Herron is back in the district visiting with the physician who started him doing Ironman triathlons. “Since he got me started down this road, the least he can do is help heal me!”
Herron has completed over 30 marathons and three 140-mile Ironman triathlons.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State Senator Roy Herron says the Ironman Triathlon will go on without him after he crashed his bicycle.
The Dresden Democrat told the Union City Daily Messenger his helmet saved his life when he crashed his bicycle in the West Tennessee town of Rives (REEVZ’) on Sunday. He said he hit a patch of gravel in a 90-degree turn while training for a triathlon in Louisville, Ky., in August.
Herron went to the hospital with a broken collar bone, broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung. He was transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
After being released on Monday, Herron went back to work at the Legislature.