"Our responders are geared up and ready to go for anything. They do a good job. But we respond to a lot of calls that could have been avoided if the people had been prepared. We're just asking the public to take all necessary precautions." — Hawkins EMA director Gary Murrell
“He stated that if he hadn't had his seatbelt on he probably would have been hurt bad. It flipped over on his driver's side and slid for about 150 feet on its side. He had a full load of logs, and that’s probably why it overturned." — EMA director Gary Murrell
"This is rockfall mitigation work. Due to the large rocks that have been falling from the hillside, the entire roadway must be closed to allow for this work to be completed. They will take the loose rock from the hillside and remove it from the area." — Mark Nagi
Both parents, their two children, and both pets escaped the burning residence safely, but the mobile home located at 120 Terrace View Drive east of Rogersville was gutted by fire.
Hawkins County EMA director Gary Murrell said the incident shines alight on a bigger problem, which is keeping motorists from trying to cross flooded roads — especially Big Elm Road which floods regularly, and where those type of rescues occur all too often.
“My advice right now is to just stay home and let the temperature come up. The highway department, state county and cities are all out putting salt down on the roads now and it should be improving drastically here shortly." — Hawkins EMA director Gary Murrell
The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office is hoping surveillance video footage will help identify the person or persons responsible for an apparent illegal sewage dump that occurred sometime last month in a remote section of the Phipps Bend Industrial Park property.
Hawkins County Emergency Management Agency director Gary Murrell said the incident had the potential to be catastrophic because the train was hauling hazardous materials south toward Bulls Gap.
UPDATE: All nine patients have been treated and released. Contrary to early reports, the hospital wasn’t closed after the nine patients arrived, although HCMH president Rebecca Beck said they were segregated from other patients in the hospital until they were decontaminated.
A gunshot rang out, a faculty member fell to the floor mortally wounded in the school office doorway, and the public address at Joseph Rogers Primary immediately boomed the warning: "Red lockdown! Red lockdown! Red lockdown!"