published Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Region Digest: Driver killed in head-on wreck in Cleveland, Tenn.

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CLEVELAND, Tenn.

Driver killed in head-on wreck

A 19-year-old Georgetown, Tenn., man died Monday after his pickup collided with a tractor-trailer on Georgetown Road, according to Cleveland police.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, a Ford pickup driven by Dion Parks swerved and struck the truck head-on, police spokeswoman Officer Evie West said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer is identified as Billie Brown, 43, of Cleveland, who was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center for evaluation but released a short time later, West said.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.

Arrow shot investigated

Police in Murfreesboro are investigating after someone shot an arrow into a group of elementary school students.

No one was hurt in the Friday incident, but police spokesman Kyle Evans said investigators believe someone knows who fired the arrow and hope callers provide information, according to The Daily News Journal.

Tim Johnson, of Smyrna, Tenn., who owns inflatables that students at Erma Siegel Elementary School were playing on at a fall festival, said he saw something fly past him. Johnson then saw the arrow in the ground near a man's foot, he told police. Evans said it appeared whoever shot the arrow was trying to hit an inflatable.

A police report said a black pickup carrying two men wearing camouflage clothing left the area after the arrow was launched.

NIOTA, Tenn.

Man pleads guilty in papers case

Donald Clark, of Niota, entered 12 pleas of guilty Tuesday in federal court in Chattanooga after being indicted on 72 counts of making false documents in connection with the operation of Niota's sewage treatment plant.

Clark entered his pleas before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Carter. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 9.

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Bill Killian, Clark acknowledged that he created 12 false discharge monitoring reports. In those, he misrepresented that the city's waste water had been treated with chlorine and tested for residual chlorine concentration before being discharged into a tributary of the Hiwassee River.

The testing was required under a federal Clean Water Act program.

Clark faces a maximum punishment for each of the counts of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a maximum term of supervised release of three years, according to the news release.

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