Bodies Of 2 11-Year-Old Boys Found In South Chickamauga Creek

Monday, September 23, 2013

The bodies of two missing 11-year-old boys were found in South Chickamauga Creek on Monday.

The Tyner Middle School students had gone swimming in the rain-swollen creek on Sunday afternoon.

The bodies were found about 100 yards downstream from where they entered the water.

Tyner Middle School Principal Mark Smith said, "As a school family, we are extremely saddened and heartbroken that we are unable to locate our two children, Thomas and Kentory ... Our hearts go out to their parents and other family members in this time of crisis."

Over 60 police and rescue personnel were searching for Kentory Ray and Thomas Ruffin.

Police Chief Bobby Dodd said police received a call about the missing boys at 4:30 p.m. Officers responded to 3919 Juniper St.

Police were told that the boys, along with two other young boys, walked to the creek from behind the Cromwell Apartments.

Two of the boys got in the creek to swim, while two others stayed on the bank.

The boys on the bank said the boys in the creek began floating down the river toward town. They said their heads were above the water and they did not appear to be in danger.

The two boys who did not get in the water then alerted others about the two who washed down the creek.

He said four divers had been in the creek searching for the boys.

Other officers had been going door to door in nearby neighborhoods.

The boys apparently knew how to swim, it was stated.

A command post was set up at Cromwell Road and Camilla Drive. Juniper Street is off Camilla Drive.


Corker Announces Vote On Highway Bill Amendment To Remove "Budget Gimmick"

Senator Bob Corker announced Tuesday the Senate has agreed to vote on his bipartisan amendment to the Highway Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021) that he said "would remove a budget gimmick known as pension smoothing to pay for a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund and force Congress to stop shirking its responsibility to pass a long-term transportation bill ... (click for more)

Suspects Identified In Cleveland Greenway Burglaries, Vandalism

Suspects have been identified in the vandalism and car burglary cases in Cleveland, police said. Detective Matt Jenkins expects to make the arrests by the end of the week.  A $500 reward had been being offered for information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) involved in car burglaries and/or vandalism occurring last weekend in and around the Greenway and its ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)

Recap of 17 Stop, Prep Football Tour

Starting at Soddy Daisy at 7:44 a.m. and leaving Silverdale 14 hours later ( 9:58 p.m.), the fifth annual Chattanoogan.com prep football tour made whistle stops at 17 schools covering 220 miles.   The Chattanooga Jamboree is Aug. 15-16 at Finley Stadium and the season openers are Thurs. Aug. 21   - Cleveland vs. McCallie (Finley Stadium) ... (click for more)

NPSL National Championship To Be Played At Red Bulls Arena

The NPSL announced on Monday that the national championship match between Chattanooga FC and the Red Bulls U23 will be played on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.  The match will be played following an MLS match between New York Red Bulls and the New England Revolution.   Local fans took to social media to appeal for the game to be played in Chattanooga. ... (click for more)