published Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Rome man missing in lake and more region news

CEDAR BLUFF, Ala.

Rome man missing in lake

Crews are searching Weiss Lake in Alabama for a Rome, Ga., man who went under the water.

Alabama Marine Police say the 27-year-old man was with his wife, children and father on a pontoon boat when they stopped for fuel Sunday afternoon near a Cedar Bluff marina in Cherokee County.

The Gadsden Times reports that, while the man and his father were getting fuel, the man's wife and children jumped in the water to cool off. Authorities said the wind began to blow the boat away from them.

Police say the man had jumped in the water to try to reach the children and bring them back to the boat when he went under and did not resurface. His name wasn't released.


ATLANTA

Bacteria victim improves

Doctors have upgraded the condition of a Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating disease.

Officials at Doctors Hospital in Augusta said Monday that Aimee Copeland's condition has improved from serious to good, meaning her vital signs are stable and within normal limits.

The 24-year-old woman developed necrotizing fasciitis after cutting her leg in a fall May 1 from a homemade zip line over a West Georgia river. Her left leg, right foot and both hands have been amputated.

Her father, Andy Copeland, said in a blog post Monday that she was able to leave her hospital room over the weekend and go outside for the first time during her hospital stay.


NASHVILLE

Three-digit highs seen by Friday

Temperatures across Tennessee are predicted to build during the week, reaching highs on Friday that will produce some triple-digit readings.

The National Weather Service forecasts call for late-week high temperatures of 101 degrees in Nashville and Clarksville, 100 degrees in Memphis and upper 90s in most other spots.

By Friday, Chattanooga likely will hit 98 degrees, forecasters say. Even the uplands will be hot -- 95 in Gatlinburg and 94 in Crossville.

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