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ROCKWOOD, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The right place, at the right time. That's how Roane County Sheriff's Office Capt. Tim Hawn describes the rescue of an 80-year-old woman who was trapped in an embankment, with her arm wedged in her car, for more than a day.
Hawn was patrolling Joiner Hollow Road Monday morning when he saw a car down an embankment near a creek. Inside, a woman face down in the woods, unable to move.
“It's a miracle that A: she survived, and B: she didn't have to spend another night in the weather that we have,” Hawn said. “We also have the colder temperatures coming.”
The woman told Hawn she was trapped for more than 24 hours. Her car traveled more than 250 feet. What's more, Hawn said because of the rain, the creek likely overflowed and soaked her body. Officers had to remove the front seat just to free her.
“We were joking with him today and called him 'Gabriel,' a guardian angel,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
Hawn also saved a man in August. He found a man drowning in a creek, and held him up for 45 minutes until rescue crews could pull him out.
“It's very unusual for an officer to rescue two people in a year and save their lives,” Stockton said.
Hawn said he did what any officer would have done in the same situation.
“Both cases, it was a matter of being at the right place at the right time,” Hawn said. “It just so happened that person happened to be me.”
According to the Roane County Sheriff's Office, a mail carrier, Kathy Payne, saw the car around the same time and called 911, helping save this woman's life, too.
Cumberland Medical Center and Flowers Bakery invites everyone to stop by their booth on the Cumberland County Courthouse lawn to enjoy refreshments starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 12 before the Crossville Christmas Parade.
The Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD) recently recognized Jeff Dodson for his 30 years of service a member of the SCD Board of Supervisors. He was presented with a 30 year certificate and a 30 Year Service Pin. Jeff was appointed by the Tennessee State Soils Committee to serve as a Supervisor on the SCD Board in 1985. He was elected as Chairman of the Board in May of 1987 and is still serving as Chairman today. He has always been very active in district activities and has represented the District as a voting delegate at the Annual Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting for many years. Jeff is a strong agricultural leader and is continually striving to maintain soil and water resources for future generations. He is a faithful steward of the land and always demonstrates a strong conservation ethic. (Photo Courtesy CSCD; Photo Caption: Pictured from left are Vice-Chairman Terry Lowe, Supervisor David Beaty, Chairman Jeff Dodson, Secretary-Treasurer Al Wilson, and NRCS District Conservationist Phillip Dixon.)
State Attorney General Herbert Slatery says in a legal opinion that federal law prevents Tennessee from refusing entry of Syrian refugees. The opinion, released Monday, states federal law pre-empts state rules regarding refugees. Following the Paris terrorist attacks, Gov. Bill Haslam asked the federal government to place a moratorium on Syrian refugees being placed in Tennessee.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville says it will celebrate its millionth visitor in 2015 in a ceremony later this week. It will be the first time the museum has recorded a million guests in a single calendar year. Country Music Hall of Fame Member Brenda Lee will present the prize to one lucky guest on Friday to celebrate the milestone. The prize pack includes two tickets to the 50th annual CMA Awards, two tickets to CMA Music Fest 2016 and a museum membership among other things.