Toddler killed in hit-and-run
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — A hit-and-run in Tennessee has left a toddler dead and Tennessee troopers searching for the driver.
The Knoxville News Sentinel quoted the Tennessee Highway Patrol as saying the 13-month-old child was struck on Wednesday in Sevier County. The patrol tweeted a security camera photo of the red, four-door Pontiac Vibe they suspect was involved. Troopers said the mid-2000s model car had been driving northbound on U.S. Route 441.
The collision happened shortly after 10 a.m. Authorities have not released details of the crash or the child's name.
The highway patrol has offered a $5,000 reward for details leading to an arrest.
Rabies baits to be set out
KNOXVILLE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services will be distributing oral rabies vaccine baits in portions of East and south-central Tennessee to vaccinate raccoons and prevent the spread of rabies in the state, a news release states.
Southeast Tennessee counties set for distribution include Bradley, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk and Sequatchie. Baits will be tossed from low-flying planes and helicopters starting Monday and continuing through Oct. 25.
The baits are small, white ,plastic packets that are coated in fishmeal crumbles and placed in suitable raccoon habitat. It's advised to leave them alone if possible, but they are found where children or pets are present, move them to a fence row, woodlot, ditch or other raccoon habitat. Wear gloves to handle the baits, and bag and dispose of damaged baits in the trash.
The baits are not harmful to pets, although eating too many may cause vomiting or diarrhea. If your pet does eat a bait, avoid its saliva for 24 hours and wash any skin it may have licked.
For more information, call 866-487-3297.
Teacher stuffs boy in locker
NASHVILLE — An elementary school employee entered a Nashville school room in August after hearing pleas for help and saw a teacher physically restraining a 4-year-old boy in a locker, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday morning in Davidson County Circuit Court.
The employee immediately sought help from the principal at Neely's Bend Elementary School, who also reportedly went to the classroom and saw the teacher near the locker as the boy climbed out, according to the lawsuit.
The teacher restrained the kindergarten student in a locker three times, according to the lawsuit.
"(The boy) has suffered emotional distress arising out of this assault and false imprisonment," the lawsuit states. "(The boy) is afraid of the dark, must sleep with someone, and experiencing severe nightmares."
The case is assigned to a youth services detective with the Metro Nashville Police Department, spokeswoman April Weatherly said.
A spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services confirmed the state agency is also investigating the allegation.
Albright to play in series
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Pianist Charlie Albright will perform in Lee University's Presidential Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in in Squires Recital Hall.
Albright, known for his unique improvisational ability, has been labeled by Washington Post as being "among the most gifted musicians of his generation" with a "dazzling natural keyboard affinity," a Lee University news release states.
An official Steinway Artist, Albright has collaborated five times with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and composes his own pieces as well as improvising classic piano compositions.
Ticket are $15 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. They can be purchased at the Lee University Box Office in the Dixon Center or by contacting 423-614-8343, Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m.