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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Three children were hospitalized after falling from a Ferris wheel at the Greene County Fair.
A 6-year-old has a traumatic brain injury. She is in critical condition in the ICU at a children's hospital in Johnson City. Her 10-year-old sister hurt the bones in her forearm. She is in a cast, but is expected to be ok.
A 16-year-old girl was brought to the hospital in critical condition, but she improved through the night. She's now in stable condition. Her parents did not want to release the details on her injury.
"It will affect everyone including the income for the county. It's an unfortunate situation, but the main thing is that the girls will be ok," said Juanita Dobson, who lives in Greeneville.
The three children fell 30 to 40 feet Monday night at the fair.
All rides on the fairgrounds that are operated by Family Attractions Amusement Company will remain closed until a third party inspector deems them safe to operate.
"People are not going to want to drive ling distances if the rides are closed for the kids. I'm sure it will hurt us. Hopefully they get them back going and bring the people back," said Harold Rabb, a vendor at the fair.
All other events at the fair will continue as planned.
The Cumberland County Emergency 911 Call System is back up and functioning as normal. A mechanical issue has been located and repaired. Uninterrupted service may now resume.
It was announced in an emergency press release that as of 8 am this morning, the 911 telephone number for emergencies is NON-FUNCTIONAL. Any emergency phone calls should be made to Cumberland County Dispatch at 931-484-2230, or to the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office (ask for dispatch) at 931-484-6176. Again, the 911 emergency line is currently NON-FUNCTIONAL, please direct your emergency calls immediately to one of the other numbers. We will notify when the line is back up again.
White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe filed a lawsuit last week against White County for not providing enough funding for his department. Because of the increase in population, drug trafficking and motor vehicle traffic, Shoupe says he needs 8 additional full-time deputies, one new full-time secretary, 17 new jailers and about $30,000 for new equipment and training. He also wants enough funding to give $2 per hour raises to current Sheriff’s Department employees, excluding Shoupe, to make their salaries competitive compared to other law enforcement agencies and reduce employee turnover.
Gasoline supplies remain high and oil prices remain low, meaning prices at the pump are likely to remain relatively cheap through the remainder of the summer and into the fall. That's according to AAA, which says Tennessee's average price for regular is $1.88 a gallon, down one cent from a week ago and down 45 cents from one year ago. And, in Crossville, regular averages a $1.81, up one cent from a week ago but down 40 cents from a year ago.
Tennessee ranks No. 1 among U.S. states for advanced industry job growth over the last three years. According to a report from the Brookings Institution, from 2013 to 2015, Tennessee’s advanced industry jobs increased by an average of four-point-six percent annually, almost double the national rate. The advanced industry sector encompasses 50 industries ranging from manufacturing industries, such as automakers; to energy industries, including oil and gas; to high-tech services such as computer software and computer system design.