published Monday, May 28th, 2012

Driver dies, 1 hurt in Marion crash and other Chattanooga region news

Driver dies, 1 hurt in Marion crash

NEW HOPE, Tenn. -- A driver died Saturday about 12:50 p.m. after crashing a car into a tree off state Highway 156 in New Hope.

Nathan Griffin, 24, of South Pittsburg, died at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol's accident report. Passenger Paul Coffman, 15, was injured.

Neither was wearing a seat belt, which THP believes could have made a difference in the outcome.

Officials are unsure what caused Griffin to leave the road, but no charges have been filed in the crash.


Victims named in Bledsoe wreck

Pikeville, Tenn. -- Two people killed in a Sunday morning wreck in Bledsoe County have been identified as driver Sherrilene Bruner, 68, and passenger Billy Newton, 73, both of Marion, N.C.

Bruner's vehicle was traveling north on U.S. Highway 127 about 6:45 a.m. when it collided head-on with a southbound truck driven by Jessica Nelson, 22, of Crossville, Tenn. She and passenger Travis Nelson, 16, both suffered undisclosed injuries.

Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Cody Roberts' report noted that it was unclear which vehicle was at fault. As of Sunday night, no charges had been filed.


Pet services day coming up

DECATUR, Tenn. -- Low-cost spay/neuter and other services will be available June 19 at the Meigs County Fairgrounds, sponsored by Citizens for Animal Rights and Education.

The cost for dogs is $50, and cats are $40. Rabies shots are $12 and are required if the pet doesn't have a current vaccination certificate.

Other low-cost services are available.

Reservations are required. For information or an appointment, call 423-334-9451.


Tornado exhibit items sought

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- National Weather Service scientists want North Alabama residents to contribute to an exhibit about last year's tornado outbreak.

The News Courier reported that the permanent exhibit at Sci-Quest, Hands-On Science Center in Huntsville will include displays showing what happened on April 27, 2011, and what made the outbreak so widespread.

Interactive displays will explain the science of weather and showcase historical records, including taped recollections from forecasters and newspaper clippings. There also will be a detailed timeline of events, photos and videos and a memory wall.

The scientists hope to add a more personal touch by collecting unusual items found that day from Limestone County residents.

The exhibit is funded by a Preserve America Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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