published Monday, March 11th, 2013

Democrats to meet Saturday and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Democrats to meet Saturday

RINGGOLD, Ga. — The Catoosa County Democratic Party will host its March breakfast meeting Saturday at 9 a.m. at Caffeine Addicts Coffee Shop, 7819 Nashville St. in Ringgold.

The public is invited. For information or questions, call party secretary Christopher Scott at 770-826-8644.


Burned body found near cave

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death for a woman whose partially burned body was found near a cave in Coffee County.

WSMV-TV reported that an autopsy was started Sunday on the body of a woman who has not yet been positively identified. The woman's body was found near an old rock quarry on Saturday, and deputies and state investigators had the area blocked off as they searched for evidence.

The TBI said two men on four-wheelers discovered the woman's body.


Rangers rescue hiker in Smokies

KNOXVILLE — Park rangers at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park rescued a 55-year-old man who fell from the icy slopes of Mount LeConte.

Dana Soehn, park spokeswoman, told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the victim fell about 10 feet and tumbled another 60 feet while hiking the mountain's Alum Cave Trail on Saturday.

The man, whose identity was not immediately available, was with a hiking party, who called emergency responders around 4 p.m. Rangers carried him down the mountain. The man was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, but his current condition was unknown.

Soehn said he was in stable condition when he left, but had lost a lot of blood from several lacerations.


Bonnaroo hosts emergency drill

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — A simulated emergency was staged at the site of the Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester by federal emergency responders to help them prepare for a large-scale emergency.

The Homeland Response Force, which is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, spent four days at the rural 700-acre farm that hosts the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival every summer.

Coffee County EMA Director Allen Lendley said they were glad to have the emergency responders from Atlanta train at the site because the exercise was beneficial to local authorities as well.

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