HCHS student suspended in grenade 'prank gone wrong'

Aug. 29– A Hardin County High School junior was suspended today for the rest of the semester for tricking his younger brother into bringing an empty grenade to school Wednesday.

Initially described as a “toy” by a school official, the device is actually made of heavy metal and would be more properly termed a “replica,” according to Savannah police.

“It was a prank gone wrong between brothers,” said Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis.

He said the freshman student with the device discovered it in his belongings and notified a teacher. A school resource officer then immediately carried it to a remote area of the parking lot.

The ninth grader “did what we want any child to do” by turning in the device, he said.


Hardin County a 'No Refusal' zone for THP for holiday weekend

Aug. 29– Taking aim at intoxicated drivers, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is conducting a “No Refusal” enforcement campaign in Hardin County during this year’s Labor Day holiday period.

This special enforcement effort is now in effect and concludes at 11:59 p.m. Monday. 

The “No Refusal” legislation allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. Drivers who refuse to be tested will be forced to submit.

To comply with state law, the Highway Patrol announces roadblock locations to the public.

In Hardin County starting tonight at 8, troopers will have a driver license safety checkpoint in operation on Tenn. 22 at the intersection of Tenn. 142.

Five hours later, at 1 a.m. Saturday, a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is scheduled to be manned on Tenn. 22 at the intersection of Tenn. 128.

“Law enforcement officials have another tool to utilize to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways by conducting ‘No Refusal’ enforcements,” THP Col. Tracy Trott said. “We have chosen to implement this enforcement in each of the eight highway patrol districts, and with the help of various local law enforcement agencies across the state. The ultimate goal is remove drunk drivers from our roadways and to save lives,” he added.


Toy hand grenade prompts high school evacuation

UPDATE, Aug. 27, 4:40 p.m.– In a robo-call being made to parents, Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis is announcing that the suspicious device which resulted in today's evacuation of the high school and early dismissal of classes system-wide is a "toy hand grenade."

Aug. 27– Hardin County and Savannah law enforcement officers, along with an official from the Department of Homeland Security, are currently sweeping Hardin County High School.

Two bomb-sniffing dogs are inside the school on Pickwick Street in Savannah.

Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis confirmed a “suspicious device” was found inside the school building earlier today. Unconfirmed reports suggest this item may be a grenade.


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