Online threat prompts lockdown at high school

Sept. 26– Adamsville Junior-Senior High School is on lockdown this morning following a threat made on the online message board Topix.

Posted anonymously under the name "Sniper," the post says, "Hmm. Will there be a school shooting tomorrow?"

The message prompted a swift response from local and state law enforcement agencies. Officers armed with shotguns are on the scene, and students lined up to be checked for weapons by another officer with a metal detector.

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Hike Pickwick Park for free stick medallion

Sept. 25– In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee State Parks and State Natural Areas invite the public to take part in hikes and volunteer activities across the state on Saturday, Sept. 28.

This year’s theme is "Helping Hands for America’s Land." Each of the 54 Tennessee State Parks will have scheduled hikes and volunteer opportunities. A Tennessee State Parks/National Public Lands Day 2013 commemorative hiking stick medallion will be given to the first 1,000 participants across the state.

At Pickwick Landing State Park, join Ranger David Hancock for an afternoon hike on the Island Loop Trail. Meet at the trail head which is beside Cabin 9 at 2 p.m. It will be a moderately difficult hike of about 2.5 miles that will take about 1.5 hours. Sturdy shoes or toe covered sandals are recommended. Hikers may wish to bring a day pack or fanny pack with water, light jacket and rain gear. The two-hour hike with a 15 person limit will go on in light rain, but not severe weather.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest one-day, volunteer stewardship event. Last year, more than 175,000 volunteers across the country built trails, planted trees and removed litter to improve America’s shared lands for all who visit them.

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Savannah woman dies of crash injuries

Sept. 21– Hardin County recorded its first traffic fatality of the year today following a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon at the intersection of Airport Road and U.S. 64.

Rhonda K. Franks, 52, of Savannah, died at Vanderbilt Hospital at 6:13 a.m., according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Franks was driving a four-door 2004 Pontiac north on Airport Road. Magen N. Murphy, 23, of Savannah, was driving a 2005 GMC Envoy east on U.S. 64.

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