Wrong-way driver travels miles on U.S. 64, hits 18-wheeler at Savannah

MARCH 16 – A Savannah man experiencing an apparent diabetic emergency Thursday night drove a Jeep about 2-1/2 miles on the wrong side of a divided section of four-lane U.S. 64 before slamming into an 18-wheeler just inside the city limit, according to a police report.

The driver of the sport utility vehicle, John Denni Highland, 42, was transported by ambulance to Hardin Medical Center with suspected serious injuries.

Savannah Patrolman Austin King said in his report that Central Dispatch advised there had been 911 calls about a red Jeep Liberty traveling east toward the city in the westbound lane. 

The first 911 caller told police she saw the Jeep begin driving on the wrong side of the highway in Crump. It continued across the levee and the Tennessee River bridge at high speed. Oncoming traffic managed to avoid the Jeep until impact was made with the tractor-trailer at about 7:23 p.m. near the former Huddle House restaurant.


TVA's Pickwick Dam campground opens for season

MARCH 15 – The Tennessee Valley Authority’s seasonal campgrounds are ready and waiting for visitors to return to the outdoors as the 2018 camping season starts today.

TVA provides more than 80 public recreation areas, including campgrounds, day-use areas and boat ramps across the Tennessee Valley. Recreation Resource Management LLC, will again be managing the six TVA campgrounds on its dam reservations:

• Cherokee Dam - Cherokee Reservoir in Jefferson City, Tenn.

• Douglas Dam Headwater – Douglas Reservoir near Sevierville, Tenn.

• Douglas Dam Tailwater – Douglas Reservoir near Sevierville, Tenn.

• Melton Hill Dam - Melton Hill Reservoir near Lenoir City, Tenn.

• Pickwick Dam  –  Pickwick Reservoir near Savannah, Tenn.

• Watauga Dam  – Watauga Reservoir near Elizabethton, Tenn.

TVA said improvements made at these campgrounds in 2017 include a new online reservation system, renovated restrooms, and new camp stores at Douglas Headwater and Pickwick campgrounds.


One killed in head-on crash in Pickwick

MARCH 9 – A Counce man died in a two-vehicle crash this morning in Pickwick, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The THP said Rodney C. Broadway, 46, who was killed, was driving a 2005 Hyundai four-door north on Tenn. 57. He crossed the center line and struck head-on a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck traveling south on the highway and operated by Ever O. Teran, 24, of Byhalia, Mississippi.


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