Local woman dies in crash with log truck

NOV. 14 – A Savannah woman was fatally injured this morning when her vehicle collided with an unloaded log truck on Tenn. 69 near Walnut Grove.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Melanie Wisdom, 53, who was killed, was driving a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer south on Tenn. 69. Stoney Burden, 48, of Town Creek, Alabama, was driving a 1999 Mack tractor-trailer northbound on the highway.

Wisdom crossed the center line and hit the log truck’s trailer in the left rear. After impact, the Chevy rotated counterclockwise and came to rest in the southbound lane.

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City of Savannah, Rotary Club host Veterans Day parade Saturday

ED. NOTE: For those who can't attend, the Courier will be showing live video of the parade from the newspaper office on Main Street. It can be seen at www.facebook.com/CourierAnywhere. 

NOV. 10 – The annual Veterans Day parade, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Savannah and the city of Savannah, takes place Saturday at 10 a.m.

It’s a time for citizens to honor those trained to defend the United States and pay tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty.

There is no individual grand marshal for this year’s parade. Instead, as put forth by Hardin County Veterans Services Officer C.D. Rickman, all local Vietnam War veterans have been collectively declared grand marshals.

Parade entries include the Knights of Columbus color guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Daughters of the American Revolution, veterans and their families, veterans’ wives and widows.

Also in the parade are the Hardin County High School band, Scout groups, Durham School Services, LifeSpan and other businesses, privately owned military Jeeps, and members of the community.

This year’s parade route begins at the Hardin County Courthouse and ends in front of Savannah City Hall at Hanna Boulevard. The route is designed to accommodate a ceremony at Savannah Veterans Park immediately following the end of the parade at approximately 10:45 a.m.

The ceremony includes remarks from Huey Smith, a World War II veteran.

The U.S. flag, Tennessee flag and each flag representing a branch of the military will be raised, led by retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jerry Key, followed by a brief statement about the history of Veterans Day and the Vietnam War by retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Joe Hurd of Hardin County.

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TBI: Hardin County woman charged with arson

NOV. 8 – An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation along with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee Fire Investigation Service has resulted in the arrest of a local woman on a charge of aggravated arson, the TBI said today.

According to a release, TBI agents began an investigation on Sept. 29 into the multiple fires that occurred at the same residence at 1400 Number 2 Road in Hardin County. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Mary Beavers McGee, 48, intentionally set fire to the residence.

Hardin County Fire Department reports list McGee as a resident at that address, and show that firefighters responded there at least five times between Sept. 28 and Nov. 5. Public property tax records identify her as an owner of the property.

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