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The Cumberland County Commission at Monday night’s meeting passed a resolution calling on the State to regulate large wind turbines. For about a year, residents have been protesting the proposed Apex Clean Energy wind turbine project in Crab Orchard. According to 4th District Commissioner Allen Foster, the county does not have the resources nor the authority to regulate these types of industrial projects involving private land owners. The resolution requests the State of Tennessee to require risk studies prior to approving the application for wind turbines. The resolution, which passed on a 11-6 vote, will be forwarded to Senator Paul Bailey and Representative Cameron Sexton.
At Monday night’s meeting, the Cumberland County Commission approved the appointment of Trevor Kerley to the Cumberland County Fire Chief position on a 16-1 vote. 2nd District Commissioner Tom Isham voted no. 5th District Commissioner Jack Davis was absent from the meeting.
A Woodmore Elementary School bus carrying 35 students crashed outside a home on Talley Road in Chattanooga on Monday afternoon.
Officials say 23 children on the bus were rushed to Erlanger Hospital. One was transported to another local hospital. The Chattanooga Chief of Police confirmed Monday night that at least five passengers died as a result of the crash. The driver, identified as 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. More charges could come as the case proceeds to a Hamilton County grand jury. The woman inside the home is reported to be okay.
A representative with the Chattanooga Police Department said the school bus is partially wrapped around a tree. Police Chief Fletcher said in a press conference that investigators had heard the bus may have also hit some sort of utilities pole, but he could not confirm any specifics.
In a tweet, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke called the bus accident, "horrible."
According to WDEF, parents and family were asked to go to Woodmore Elementary.
The Chattanooga Police Chief told WDEF that the bus driver is cooperating in the investigation.
The Chattanooga Police Department addressed the media in a press conference Monday evening. Chief Fletcher said that they had been reached out to by non-profit agencies, TBI, the Tennessee Highway Patrol as well as federal agencies.
"Getting information to families is our absolute priority, right after taking care of the injured and hurting children," Chief Fletcher said.
Fletcher also said speed was "certainly" being investigated "very very strongly" as a factor in the crash.
According to tweets from the National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday morning, the agency is also heading to Chattanooga to investigate the crash. The NTSB is planning a media briefing at 7:30 a.m. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
(Photo Johnthony Walker courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Six passengers are confirmed dead after an elementary school bus crashed in Chattanooga on Monday. According to reports there were 35 students on board the bus carrying kids from kindergarten through 6th grade. At least 23 patients were taken to area hospitals by ambulances. The police department said the bus driver is cooperating in the investigation. (Photo courtesty Chattanooga Fire Dept. Facebook)
It’s a short week for students in Cumberland County. School will be out on Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25. Motorists are reminded to be on the alert for children at play this Thanksgiving Holiday.