One Dead, One Missing in Boat Accident

Search underway on Nolichucky River

Monday, March 21, 2011

One man is dead and another missing from a boating accident that occurred before 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, March 19, 2011, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). 

The accident occurred on the Nolichucky River in Greene County approximately one mile above Banks Campground near Matthews Lane. 

A 16-ft. aluminum Grizzly with a 40-hp jet drive stuck a tree hanging out over the river and then ran up onto the river bank.

A passenger in the vessel, Jonathon Caldwell, age 19 of Newport, was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center in critical condition. He died as a result of his injuries on Sunday, March 20.

The owner of the vessel, Wesley Brad Dawson, age 28 of Bybee, is still missing.

There were life jackets in the boat but neither man was wearing one.

Due to recent rains, the Nolichucky River was running high and swift.

Officers with the TWRA, Greene County Sheriff’s Dept., and Greeneville/Greene County Rescue Squad responded to the scene.  The search continues for the missing man.

The accident remains under investigation by the TWRA.

Tellico Hatchery Announces Winter Hours

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced winter hours for the Tellico Hatchery in Tellico Plains. Holidays along with hours of daylight and alterations in operations are the primary reasons for changes. Fish eat less during colder months. This reason, along with a reduction of seasonal responsibilities such as mowing grass and hatchery upkeep, means fewer people on staff. ... (click for more)

Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Brandon “Pete” Geesling, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Warren County, was one of five veteran state employees recognized during a Veterans Day observance event held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza.     Previously, Mr. Geesling served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat engineer which included a deployment ... (click for more)

Fire Breaks Out At McKee Bakery Plant 2; Damage Listed At $15,000Propane Tanks Were Near Blaze

Fire broke out at a McKee Food plant at Collegedale on Saturday night. At 6:45 p.m. , an employee at McKee Foods called 911 call reporting a fire at McKee Foods Plant 2 located at 10260 McKee Dr. Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting flames 15 feet high at one end of the building of Plant 2. According to fire officials, ... (click for more)

City Council To Consider Policy That Job Applicants Would Not Have To Reveal Criminal Records

The City Council on Tuesday night will consider a policy that city job applicants would not have to reveal their criminal past. Councilman Yusuf Hakeem cited problems those with felony records have in securing employment. The policy would go into effect by the first of the year. The resolution says: WHEREAS, the City of Chattanooga (the "City") is committed ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Can’t ‘Ban The Box’

I know a man who has over 20 former convicts from federal prisons who either work for him or who have retired with their dignity, pride, and self-worth restored. Better yet, I know some of them, men who have done “hard time” in prisons so wretched none of us would dare to go. So on the surface I applaud City Councilman Yusef Hakeem for seeing ways to get formerly incarcerated men ... (click for more)