2 who drowned in pool identified and other Chattanooga region news

2 who drowned in pool identified and other Chattanooga region news

July 7th, 2012 by Associated Press in News

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2 who drowned in pool identified

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - A Louisiana man and his teenage son drowned in a Tennessee mountain waterfall pool while hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Carter County authorities identified the victims as 42-year-old Dwight F. Cope and 15-year-old Dagan Cope, both of Breaux Bridge, La.

According to the Johnson City Press, the victims' hiking logs indicated the father and son had been hiking for 13 days when another hiker spotted the man's body floating in the pool below Laurel Falls on Wednesday morning. Two backpacks were found by the pool, and authorities believed there was a second victim.

The rescue squad flew over the area in a helicopter Thursday and saw the youth's body in the water. It was recovered by a diver.


Franklin joins retiree program

NASHVILLE - Franklin and White counties have joined Tennessee's retiree recruitment program.

They become the 13th and 14th counties to meet the criteria for the Retire Tennessee project, which includes marketing efforts to attract retirees.

The other counties are Cumberland, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Loudon, Maury, Putnam, Roane, Robertson, Sullivan and Warren.

State officials said the program is part of an economic development strategy.


Naked man found in country club

MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. - Police in Mountain Brook arrested a naked man they say broke into a country club in search of something to drink.

Police Lt. Jim Cole told The Birmingham News officers were called to the Birmingham Country Club at 3:38 a.m. Thursday on a report of a disoriented person. Cole said a security guard heard something in the dining room, investigated and found a 21-year-old naked man with a swollen ankle.

The man told police he had taken a lot of LSD before a fireworks show and didn't remember anything after leaving for the show. He said he thought he went into the club looking for a drink.

The man was taken to a hospital to treat his ankle.


Lifesaving advice available on app

NASHVILLE - A Tennessee Red Cross official says a new company application allows users to have expert lifesaving advice in the palm of their hand.

Joel Sullivan, CEO of the Tennessee Volunteer Region, said the first aid app is simple to use and can be activated anywhere.

It's the official app for smartphone users, the first in a series to be created by the Red Cross. It gives instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations and includes videos and interactive quizzes.