Tennessee Aquarium Sued For $1.5 Million Over Capsized Waverunner

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The operator and passenger of a 2004 Yamaha Wave Runner are suing the Tennessee Aquarium for $1.5 million, saying they suffered serious injuries when capsized by a wake from the Aquarium's River Gorge Explorer.

William Lloyd Graham and Rebekah Ann Condra filed the complaint in Circuit Court against the Aquarium and River Gorge Explorer pilot Kyle Payne.

They said they were on the Wave Runner near Williams Island last Aug. 21 prior to sunset when the River Gorge Explorer approached "at an extreme high rate of speed.

"

The suit says, "The size and weight of the catamaran and the speed in which it was traveling, created an enormous wake. Despite this wake, Payne traveled in a direction that was in direct proximity of the plaintiff's vessel, causing the plaintiff's small vessel to capsize. . . with such force as to cause severe injuries to both plaintiffs."

The suit says the River Gorge Explorer knew the Wave Runner had capsized, but did not stop.

Mr. Graham said he missed 11 weeks of work due to the accident and has permanent damage to his hip.

The suit, filed by attorney Thomas Austin of Dunlap, asks $500,000 compensatory damage and $1 million punitive damage.

 

 


Corker Urges Administration To Take Time, Not Rush Into Bad Deal With Iran

As the P5+1 nations and Iran attempt to meet a new Tuesday deadline for a nuclear agreement, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, appeared on CBS News’ Face the Nation today and urged the Obama administration to take the time needed and to not rush into a bad deal with Iran. Senator Corker said, “Obviously, [the administration is] very anxious. I think they look at this as a legacy ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ATKISSON, THOMAS GREEN  3901 KINGS RD CHATTANOOGA, 37416  Age at Arrest: 40 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga AGGRAVATED ASSAULT BEER, ANTHONY COURTNEY  HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA, 37402  Age at Arrest: 24 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Dr. Tydings Is A Winner

One week from tomorrow the most important educator in the future of our community will start work as the new president of Chattanooga State. While I am normally cynical of beard-strokers and foundation-hungry dreamers who have little or no concept of the real world, I am convinced Flora Tydings will become the best thing to happen in our community in years. A grandmother with ... (click for more)

Chattanooga FC Clinches Southeast Division Title

The Chattanooga Football Club clinched the Southeast Division title Saturday night before a crowd of 4,000 plus fans and celebrated with fireworks after the game.  Chattanooga beat visiting Nashville FC 2-0.   Matt Aldred scored the first goal in the 27th minute and Jack Hopkins scored the second goal in the 85th minute.  Chattanooga will host the conference ... (click for more)

TSWA Announces All-State Soccer Teams

 The Tennessee Sports Writers Association recently announced its all-state high school soccer teams. THE TEAMS        TSWA All State Boys’ Soccer teams Class AAA Nathan Djona, Antioch junior forward Avery Cowan, Brentwood senior midfielder Johnny Heckman, Centennial senior midfielder Nick Zalewski, Sr., Cookeville ... (click for more)