TWRA confirms alligator lurking in Hardin County creek

UPDATE, JUNE 1– TWRA Region 1 Manager Alan Peterson commented today on the suddenly famous alligator in Indian Creek.

“Make no mistake – alligators are protected species in the state of Tennessee. Anyone who harms or kills an alligator in this state is subject to arrest, fines, court costs and jail time,” Peterson said.

MAY 31– There are no sharks in Pickwick Lake, but according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, there is definitely an alligator in Indian Creek.

TWRA Agent Ray Garton said today that the American alligator he spotted last week in the Hardin County creek is no more than 3-1/2 feet long.

“It’s not big enough to hurt anything,” he said.

Garton said authorities received information in January about an alligator that was being kept illegally as a pet, and that may be the one now lurking in  Indian Creek west of Tenn. 128.

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AAA projects most Memorial Day weekend travelers since 2005; TDOT suspends construction

May 26– The Tennessee Department of Transportation says motorists won’t be slowed down by road construction as they travel the state’s highways this Memorial Day weekend.

TDOT is suspending all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon today through 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 30.

“With nearly 700,000 drivers expected to travel on Tennessee’s roadways this Memorial Day weekend, we want to do what we can to help them reach their destinations safely,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said.

Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term construction projects. Drivers should be aware that reduced speed limits will be in effect in work zones.

Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.  

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Body recovered at Pickwick Park, apparent drowning

UPDATE, May 20-- Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin identified the man who drowned as LaDarrian Holmes, 18, of Memphis.

It was "just a tragic accident," he said. "Hardin County volunteer firefighters and special operations team responded and worked quickly to recover his body."

May 19– Hardin County emergency personnel retrieved the body of an apparent drowning victim at Pickwick Landing State Park around 2:50 p.m.

Witnesses at the scene said two men and two women were swimming at The Circle area of the park. The group was swimming to a boat dock when one of the men began struggling in the water.

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