- Associated Press - Sunday, February 2, 2014
3 kids pulled from Tenn. lake after falling in ice

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Three children have been pulled from the icy water on Watts Bar Lake after spending nearly an hour clinging to a buoy.

First responders say the three children had fallen through the ice in a cove on the lake in Roane County.

The News Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1gBSgzk) the three children were airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center just after noon on Saturday. The names and conditions of the minors were not released on Saturday.

Roane County Rescue Squad Capt. Eddie Jones says the call came in at 11:53 a.m., but officials had a hard time locating the kids.

Jones says some boaters reached the children first and handed them over to rescuers.



Tenn.-based Bluegrass Today to have Ky. presence

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - A Tennessee-based company that provides online services for fans of bluegrass music is establishing a presence in western Kentucky.

Terry Herd, co-founder of Nashville-based Bluegrass Today, told the Messenger-Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1e2SFsz) that the decision is a sign of the significance of Owensboro, Ky., in the bluegrass music industry.

“We recognize Kentucky’s important role in bluegrass music’s past, present and future, and Owensboro is at the epicenter of it all,” Herd said. “By establishing a presence in Owensboro, we intend to show our commitment to the region, as well as bluegrass music’s future.”

The city is home to the International Bluegrass Museum and hosts the annual ROMP: Bluegrass Roots and Branches Festival, which was named the “event of the year” in 2012 by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Bluegrass Today, which launched about two years ago, includes news, airplay charts, forums and directories for fans.

“We’ve seen explosive growth since launching Bluegrass Today just 27 months ago, and we’re incredibly excited to have a presence in Owensboro,” Herd said.


Lincoln handkerchiefs given to Tennessee museum

HARROGATE, Tenn. (AP) - Two handkerchiefs once owned by Mary Todd Lincoln have been given to a museum at Lincoln Memorial University.

The handkerchiefs will be on exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Harrogate in the fall.

The silk and cotton handkerchiefs are monogrammed with the initials “ML,” The News Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1egKSHY).

Mary Lincoln would have used the items before her husband was assassinated, because they are not bordered in black, said museum Curator Steven M. Wilson. He said the items date between 1858 and 1864.

“Every artifact is in essence a clue about the character of Mary Todd Lincoln or Abraham Lincoln,” said Wilson. “And even small things like this bring us closer to a personal individual rather than an icon lost in history.”

The museum, which is in northeast Tennessee near the Kentucky border, doesn’t own other clothing that belonged to Mary Todd Lincoln, Wilson said.


Flying drone worries neighbors in La Vergne

LA VERGNE, Tenn. (AP) - Residents in a neighborhood in La Vergne have reported sightings of a flying drone to police.

The flying machine was spotted on Thursday in the Knollwood neighborhood, spurring curiosity and concern about what the drone’s operator was up to.

Neighbor Carolyn Hickerson told the Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1n4Fl6A) that the drone appeared to be taking pictures of people’s homes. By Friday, police were asking residents to watch for remote-controlled aircraft.

Hickerson later saw a man she believes had been flying the drone up the street. He drove away in a silver Corvette with a Florida license plate.

Authorities said the drone may be in use by a roofing company planning to solicit to residents.


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