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Governor Visits Critically Injured Trooper

Gov. Bill Haslam Wednesday stopped at the University of Tennessee Medical Center to visit a critically injured state trooper and pass on his well wishes to gathered relatives and law enforcement officers, reports the News Sentinel.
Haslam was in Knoxville for the dedication of an electrical engineering and computer sciences building at the University of Tennessee. During that visit, he mentioned his plans to visit Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Lowell Russell.
Haslam has spent time with Russell in the past. When a U.S. Marine who Russell helped raise was killed last year in Afghanistan, Haslam attended the marine’s funeral.
Russell, who was working the overnight shift, suffered numerous injuries in the crash about 2:50 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 40 near Walker Spring Road. Trucker Eric D. Lewis, 32, of Orlando, Fla., is in jail on charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. His bond is set at $10,500.