Regional News Roundup: Tennessee governor appoints water availability panel

Regional News Roundup: Tennessee governor appoints water availability panel

January 19th, 2018 by Staff and Wire Reports in Local Regional News

Tennessee governor appoints water availability panel

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed a committee to develop a statewide plan for future water availability in Tennessee.

A news release from Haslam's office Thursday says the committee will include leaders from federal, state and local governments, industry, academia, environmental advocacy groups and public utilities.

A draft of the plan, TN H2O, will be available for public input by October.

The governor's office cited projections that say Tennessee's population will double in the next 50 years. Additionally, the administration is worried about the Memphis Sands Aquifer, droughts, failures of old drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and interstate battles over water rights.

Deputy Gov. Jim Henry will serve as committee chairman.


East Lake fire injures one

CHATTANOOGA — One person was injured Wednesday night after a fire broke out in an East Lake duplex.

The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 11:53 p.m. and responded to the 4800 block of General Thomas Boulevard with several fire companies. When the first firefighters arrived, Capt. Chris Cordes said a significant fire was located in the kitchen in Apartment A, according to a news release.

While crews worked to put the fire out, other firefighters conducted searches and found no one inside. Battalion Chief Ashley May, the incident commander, said one resident was transported by Hamilton County EMS to a local hospital for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

The fire was beginning to spread into the attic, but the firefighters managed to get the fire under control.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Help needed to retrieve wreaths at Chattanooga National Cemetery

CHATTANOOGA — Last month, hundreds of volunteers distributed more than 20,000 wreaths on headstones at the Chattanooga National Cemetery to honor and remember servicemen and women as part of the Wreaths Across America program.

But now, help is needed to remove those wreaths.

"First, we really appreciate each of the volunteers that either sponsored a wreath, attended our ceremony, or helped distribute wreaths in December," said Civil Air Patrol's 2nd Lt. Austen Roberts. " ... Now, we need volunteers to help us retrieve the wreaths and place them in dumpsters for disposal.

Help is needed at 9 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery. Written details will be provided at the gate. Volunteers are asked to proceed to the left and park in the grass lot across from the pavilion, not on the roads.

For more information, call (423) 708-2352 or email


Corrections official talks about drone delivery to inmates

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Corrections commissioner says he doesn't want drone delivery to become one of the many ways prisoners get things they're not supposed to have.

The Telegraph of Macon reported Tuesday that Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Gregory Dozier told lawmakers that he will be asking them to support a bill that stipulates that it's illegal for a drone to cross a prison's airspace.

Dozens of reports of drones sighted by corrections officers describe prisons put on lockdown while officers count inmates and scour grounds for any drop-offs.

Most of the reports list no contraband found in connection with drone sightings. However, some do report officers finding phones, or what appeared to be marijuana or tobacco.