Chief Vann House Days set July 21 and other Chattanooga area news

Chief Vann House Days set July 21 and other Chattanooga area news

July 2nd, 2012 by Staff Reports and Associated Press in News

Chief Vann House Days set July 21

CHATSWORTH, Ga. - In celebration of the 208th year of Chief Vann House and the 54th anniversary of its restoration, the Friends of the Vann House will sponsor Chief Vann House Days on July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Organizers said in a news release that events include local craftsmen demonstrating 19th century pottery, flute-making, weaving, basket-making, quilting, spinning, rug-making, blacksmithing, storytelling, blowgun shooting and carving. Re-enactors will recreate a military camp from the War of 1812, in which Joseph Vann and other Cherokees fought.

Regular admission prices apply: $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and $4 for youth ages 6-17.

The Chief Vann House is three miles west of Chatsworth at the intersection of state Highways 52A and 225. For information, call 706-695-2598.

Fire knocks power plant units offline

KNOXVILLE - A fire that broke out at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant in Hawkins County on Friday night was still smoldering Saturday afternoon, WBIR-TV in Knoxville reported.

According to the station, the fire started about 8 p.m. at TVA's John Sevier Fossil Plant in Rogersville when oil in a metal container ignited.

When the fire broke out, Units 1 and 2 switched off, which is what they are designed to do.

Power outages were reported after the fire, but officials said power has been restored to all customers, WBIR reported.

Crash shears truck in half

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Police said the driver of a pickup truck is lucky to be alive after a crash cut his vehicle in half.

Dylan Snipes lost control of his 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup early Saturday in Effingham County. Sheriff's office spokesman David Ehsanipoor said the truck flipped several times.

The Savannah Morning News reported that Snipes was flown to Memorial Health University Medical Center and is expected to survive. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash. Authorities said alcohol was believed to be a factor.

Officials: Plant will employ 1,000

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Officials say a planned Airbus aircraft assembly plant in Alabama will cost $600 million to build and employ 1,000 people when it reaches full production.

Two state officials said Airbus' first plant in America will turn out about four planes a month in 2017. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the plant ahead of an official announcement today.