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A break in a pipe carrying chlorinated water at the government's nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge has caused a fish kill. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, about 6 million gallons of the treated water flowed into the east fork of Poplar Creek after the rupture over the weekend. According to WVLT, Y-12 plant contractor B&W Y-12 said Tuesday that about 8,000 "minnow-sized" fish and about 30 salamanders were killed. In a news release, the contractor said the break was isolated on Saturday and continued monitoring Sunday did not find any additional dead fish. John Owsley of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Oak Ridge office said the water that was released was basically tap water and the flow continued for several hours.
Two people were killed in a ten-car pile-up outside Murfreesboro just after midnight Thursday morning, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. NewsChannel5, the CBS affiliate in Nashville, says they were on their way to Bonnaroo. WVLT reports that three others were taken by helicopter to Vanderbilt Medical Center, while two more went via ambulance. All eastbound lanes of I-24 were shut down between mile markers 80 and 81. Traffic was being diverted and, by 3:30 a.m., had mostly cleared up, THP reported. Investigators said the wreck happened around 12:19 a.m. on Interstate 24 Eastbound around Mile Marker 81. They believe a tractor-trailer came up on congestion caused by an earlier crash and could not stop in time. The semi struck several vehicles, one of which burst into flames. They are expected to release a crash report once the preliminary investigation is complete. THP says it has taken the lead in the investigation and is working with TDOT, the Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Office, Murfreesboro Police Dept. Rutherford Co. Emergency Management Agency, and Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue.
Vandals hit the Fairfield Glade Community Club earlier this month. According to Cumberland County Sheriff's report, a small vehicle seemed to of been driving on the golf course, destroying the 13th hole. A cell phone, carton of cigarettes, empty beer can, and a baseball hat were found on or near the course. Pictures were taken of the damage, and there are no suspects at this time.
Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Browns Creek Drive to recover a stolen vehicle. According to reports, the owner received an anonymous phone call about the vehicle's location. Upon reaching the vehicle, the battery and keys were missing. The owner had to purchase a battery and have a key made to drive the vehicle from the scene. There are no suspects at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
A Fairfield Glade man awoke to a strange woman prowling around his kitchen. According to Cumberland County Sheriff's report, the man was laying on his couch when he saw the woman going through things in his kitchen. When he realized it was not his wife, he jumped up and the woman tried to flee. The homeowner caught 31 year old Samantha Jean Golliher and made her sit down until authorities arrived. Golliher seemed to be under the influence at the time of her arrest, and she had attempted to steal animal medication from the home. Golliher was arrested and transported to the Cumberland County Justice Center for booking.