published Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Trial resumes in train deaths of Hannah Barnes and Michael Hennen

The Hamilton County Circuit Court trial of a $25 million lawsuit against the local Hennen Restaurant Group has entered its second week today.

Lisa Barnes, the mother of deceased Hannah Barnes, is suing the group alleging that her 19-year-old daughter drank alcohol at the restaurant hours before she and her manager, Michael Hennen, 27, were killed by a train near McDonald Farm at about 6 a.m. On Aug 22, 2011.

Video footage, expected to be shown to the jury, should show the pair lying on the tracks moments before being killed.

Follow @tsouthCTFP on Twitter for ongoing trial coverage.

Todd South updates
Lisa Barnes looks to her attorney while in Judge Neil Thomas III's courtroom during the fifth day of a civil trial in which Lisa Barnes (mother of Hannah Barnes) is suing the Hennen Restaurant Group, alleging that her daughter's Aug. 22, 2011, death on train tracks nearly the McDonald Farm can be attributed to her consuming alcohol while working at the restaurant hours before. Both Hannah Barnes and Michael Hennen died when a train struck them.
Lisa Barnes looks to her attorney while in Judge Neil Thomas III's courtroom during the fifth day of a civil trial in which Lisa Barnes (mother of Hannah Barnes) is suing the Hennen Restaurant Group, alleging that her daughter's Aug. 22, 2011, death on train tracks nearly the McDonald Farm can be attributed to her consuming alcohol while working at the restaurant hours before. Both Hannah Barnes and Michael Hennen died when a train struck them.
Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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