MARCH 2 -- A police officer was fired this afternoon after totaling his patrol vehicle last night on U.S. 64 just west of the city, according to a Savannah Police Department news release.
The release says the now former city officer, Scott Evans, has been arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, which responded to the crash reported at 6:54 p.m.
Savannah Police Chief Michael Pitts, citing a preliminary investigation, said Evans had been dispatched to an emergency call when he crashed.
The investigation found there were “numerous policy violations that ensued from the accident” and that Evans, a probationary officer hired on March 29 last year, was immediately suspended and subsequently terminated.
MARCH 1 – Hardin County rescue personnel saved 11 people from rapidly rising flash flood waters before sunrise today.
They retrieved nine, including six children and three adults at one home and one person at another. One more person was trying to make it out of the flash flood area near the confluence of Indian Creek and Smith Fork Creek on foot, said Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin.
“They were lucky – if this had been like the flood in 2010, they and the structures they were living in would have been swept away,” he said.
At the location with nine people, Martin said the flood waters had risen about a foot into the home before the Swift Water Rescue Team arrived by boat.
Martin said the heavy rains over the last several days, including last night’s torrential downpour, caused the creeks to swiftly rise 2-3 feet.
FEB. 23 – Tennessee State Parks and community partners are seeking volunteers for Weed Wrangle – a nationwide effort to fight invasive plant species in public parks – on Saturday, March 3.
“Our intent as stewards of Tennessee’s natural environment is to protect native vegetation and the role it plays in Tennessee’s ecosystem by removing invasive plants from Tennessee State Park land,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill.
Supervised by state and community experts in invasive weed management, volunteers will conduct hands-on removal of trees, vines and flowering plants while also learning tactics to take action in their own green spaces to stem the spread of invasive species. Tennessee’s event is in conjunction with The Garden Club of Nashville and Invasive Plant Control, Inc.
Volunteers are needed in 33 state parks and two state natural areas across West, Middle and East Tennessee.
A privet pull is planned at Pickwick Landing State Park from 2-5 p.m. It’s a moderate workout and an environmental stewardship project all in one.