Two found dead in Tennessee River at Saltillo boat ramp

UPDATE, SEPT. 2, 8:15 PM-- The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the driver of the 1997 Mercury Mountaineer as Richie V. Weaver, 64, of Milledgeville. The passenger, whose body was still inside the vehicle, is identified as Ronnie K. Steele, 63, of Bethel Springs.

The THP said the driver's cause of death will be determined by autopsy, and that the crash remains under investigation.

SEPT. 2-- The bodies of two men were recovered in the Tennessee River at the Saltillo boat ramp this afternoon.

According to Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin, one body was found inside the red sports utility vehicle by emergency rescue divers before it was towed out of the water. 

The other was found shortly before. A boater hit the top of the vehicle only a couple feet beneath the surface, snagging the shirt of one of the victims  on the boat and a piece of trim on the SUV.

Authorities have identified the victims, but the names have not been released.

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Durham School Services seeks to fill bus for hurricane victims Saturday

AUG. 31– Durham School Services announced it is filling its biggest bus with donated items for hurricane victims Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Savannah.

The company, which contracts with Hardin County Schools to provide student transportation, says these are the items Houston shelters are asking for in order of priority:

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No lane closures on Tennessee highways for Labor Day weekend

AUG. 31– The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced it will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the Labor Day holiday travel period. 

Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon on Friday, Sept. 1 through 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists traveling during the busy Labor Day holiday.

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