published Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Hamilton County Sheriff to hold news conference on train deaths

A news conference Wednesday will discuss the death of two people who were hit by a train on Aug. 22 near Sale Creek.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. at the sheriff’s office, located at 600 Market St., said sheriff spokeswoman Janice Atkinson.

Michael Hennen, 27, and Hannah Barnes, 19, were killed by a train about 6 a.m. on Aug. 22, officials have said. The tracks run through a farm owned by the McDonald family.

Hennen is the son of Tim Hennen, founder of Hennen’s restaurant and Big River Grille. Tim Hennen is married to Corinne McDonald.

Barnes is the granddaughter of Marion Barnes, who was the head of Covenant College on Lookout Mountain from 1965 to 1978.

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ChattaVol06 said...


August 30, 2011 at 5:06 p.m.
Selah said...

What is so unclear? It sounds like suicide. I hear trains coming before I even see them. What's up

August 30, 2011 at 9:59 p.m.
328Kwebsite said...

It could be anything. Auto malfunction. Failure to yield at a poorly marked railroad crossing. Thought they could beat the train, but misjudged the distance. A lot of cars are equipped with an anti-theft 10 minute computer stall that prevents re-starting the vehicle for a while. There's no way we can predict what happened based on what they've said so far. We'll have to wait and hear what they have to say at the press conference tomorrow.

August 30, 2011 at 10:51 p.m.
ChattaDawg said...

Hey 328k,

I heard they were walking on the tracks not in a car.

August 30, 2011 at 11:12 p.m.
cannonball said...

How about the train crew? Are they ok?

August 31, 2011 at 6:38 a.m.
Selah said...

Maybe they were already dead? Tied up in some shady dealings and someone laid bodies on tracks? There is more to this story

September 1, 2011 at 3:39 p.m.
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