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TBI investigating Pigeon Forge police shooting

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a police-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a man in Pigeon Forge.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says authorities were told that two wanted people were believed to be in Sevier County. The TBI says several officers from the Pigeon Forge Police Department approached them at a Wendy's restaurant on Saturday night.

Officers fired at least one shot during a confrontation. The TBI says 43-year-old James Bradley Phillips was hit by a shot and killed.

Police arrested 36-year-old Monica Leigh-Ann Briggs, who was accompanying Phillips. Both people had been wanted for questioning in connection with a recent homicide in Campbell County.

The TBI is investigating at the request of the District Attorney Jimmy Dunn.


North Carolina man dies in river accident in Tenn.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say a 50-year-old North Carolina man has died in a rafting accident on the Ocoee River in Tennessee.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Clayton, North Carolina man and six other people were ejected from a raft when it overturned in a rapid on the river in Polk County on Saturday.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says the man was unresponsive when he was recovered from the water farther down the river. His name was not immediately released.

Investigators say the victim was wearing a life jacket.

Officials say the death is the fourth fatal accident on the Ocoee River in the past four years. The accident is under investigation.


Tennessee museum takes preacher's dead snakes

GRAY, Tenn. (AP) - The remains of dozens of poisonous snakes confiscated from a Tennessee preacher have been sent to a museum for research.

The 53 frozen carcasses were given to East Tennessee State University's Natural History Museum at Gray. The museum is planning to use their bones for scientific study.

Stephen Wallace, the museum's curator of vertebrates, told the Knoxville News Sentinel that some things can be learned from snakes that have been bred or raised in captivity that are different from wild snakes.

Tennessee Wildlife officers seized the snakes last year from Andrew Hamblin, pastor of the Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, which uses snake handling in services. A Campbell County grand jury chose earlier this year not to indict Hamblin, but didn't get the snakes back.


Country star Lynn Anderson charged with DUI

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country singer Lynn Anderson has been released from jail in Nashville after being charged with drunken driving.

Police arrested Anderson after she was involved in a crash Thursday evening. The responding officer says she showed "signs of impairment," according to her arrest warrant.

The Tennessean reports a warrant says 66-year-old Anderson admitted to drinking alcohol and taking prescription medication.

Anderson's song "Rose Garden" earned her fame and a Grammy in the early 1970s.

Anderson was released from Friday on $5,000 bond, according to jail officials. She is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 20. In a statement sent by her manager, Anderson says she was "deeply sorry for anyone that I have harmed along this path."

She was previously charged with DUI in 2004 in Denton, Texas.


FAA, NTSB probing Ga. small plane crash

MONROE, Ga. (AP) - Federal authorities are investigating a small plane crash in Walton County.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says a Bellanca 17 aircraft carrying two people and two dogs crashed in a field about a mile southeast of the Monroe-Walton County Airport Saturday night.

Bergen says the pilot was scheduled to land at the Greene County Regional Airport but was diverted because of weather.

Walton County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Keith Brooks told WSB-TV the pilot was alert, conscious and talking to investigators when he arrived on the scene. Authorities say a woman suffered minor injuries.

The FAA is investigating the crash and Bergen says the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause.

According to FAA records the fixed wing, single engine plane is registered to a Chattanooga, Tennessee man.


New book keeps engine's legend on track

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - After a pictorial book about one of the region's most storied locomotives laid the track, two authors are hoping their latest paperback will help the engine's legend pick up steam.

With "The Clinchfield No. 1: Tennessee's Legendary Steam Engine" released Aug. 19, authors Mark Stevens and Alf Peoples hope to shed light on some of the history, people and stories around the celebrated locomotive.

The book is a follow-up to Stevens' and Peoples' pictorial book, "The One & Only: A Pictorial History of the Clinchfield No. 1," which was published in November and contained around 500 photos.

Stevens says that while he and Peoples were collecting photos for "The One and Only," the two began to realize there were more stories to be told than a pictorial book would allow.


Archaeologists digging at Battle of Franklin site

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - Archaeologists are hoping to uncover evidence from the Battle of Franklin ahead of the clash's 150th anniversary this November.

Preservationists have worked for years to purchase the property behind a pizza restaurant and strip mall where Confederate troops and Union forces opened fire on Nov. 30, 1864.

Archaeologist Larry McKee told The Tennessean his team is using a historic map of the property in combination with modern mapping software to determine where to dig.

They know the battle that killed 8,500 took place near a cotton gin. They hope to find evidence of the gin as well as the defensive fortifications dug by the soldiers.

Preservationists hope the site will eventually become the centerpiece of a nearly 20-acre Civil War park.

Excavation work will continue through Sept. 19.

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