- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Pilot founder Jim Haslam in traffic accident

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pilot Flying J founder Jim Haslam, the father of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, has been involved in a three-car traffic accident in Knoxville.

A family spokesman says the elder Haslam was examined and released by his doctor after the Monday wreck.

According to Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk, Haslam’s 2014 Mercedes drifted across the center line, sideswiped an SUV and then went off the roadway and struck a wall. The third vehicle then hit the rear of the Mercedes.

Haslam played tackle for the University of Tennessee under Gen. Robert R. Neyland before founding Pilot Corp. in 1958 with a single gas station in Gate City, Virginia. The privately held company now has annual revenues of more than $30 billion.

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Blount County program helps seniors get around

Eighty-four-year-old Herb Nachman had just about given up on finding transportation to get around in his rural community near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

“I either have to get a ride, or I don’t go,” said the Townsend resident, who has impaired vision.

But a Blount County program is making sure that Nachman and other seniors aren’t stuck at home by providing volunteers who drive them to places like a doctor’s office or the grocery store.

“They pick me up and they take me wherever I want to go,” Nachman said. “Doctors, the gym, whatever. It’s a great program.”

Joani Shaver directs the Blount County Office on Aging. She helped start the program, which charges seniors $49 - $25 for an annual membership and $24 for their first four rides, which cost $6 for each round trip.

“My focus was on those 60 and older, and that’s what we developed, a program designed for them,” said Shaver. “It’s affordable, it’s accessible, and it’s really working well.” She added that she’s working with some surrounding rural counties to try to start similar programs.

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16-month-old hit by truck, killed in Sevier County

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Law enforcement officers are investigating the death of a toddler who was killed when a teenager moving a truck didn’t see the child and pulled forward, running over him.

Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals said the incident happened as family members were working on a tractor in the yard outside a home Sunday. Seals said in a news release that 16-month-old Aden C. Ball was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1qnwMEAhttps://bit.ly/1qnwMEA ) said adults told investigators they didn’t know the boy had wandered outside.

The state Department of Children’s Services is also investigating.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.comhttps://www.knoxnews.com

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Data reveals problems at youth detention center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A troubled youth development center in Middle Tennessee was having problems in the months leading up to 32 teens escaping from the facility, according to recent data.

The information obtained by The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1pooNan) shows between January and early September, there were 145 reported incidents of violence at Woodland Hills. That included 39 assaults by teens on other teens, 51 assaults by teens on staff and 55 fights between the youths, who typically range in age from 14 to 19.

The teens who escaped on Sept. 1 did so by crawling under a weak spot in the perimeter fence. Two days later, riots broke out on the grounds of the facility, with teens brandishing fire extinguishers and sticks.

All but two of the teens have been recaptured.

Everette Parrish, an attorney appointed to represent the civil rights of youths at the facility, said he has received several reports from youths who escaped and returned, or were captured, that physical abuse had factored into their decision to flee.

“I’m hearing enough consistent stories by enough youth that I’m deeply concerned about a very small number of guards at the facility,” Parrish said.

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