- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015
2 dead following small plane crash near Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - A pilot and passenger are dead following the crash of a small plane on Buffalo Mountain, southwest of Johnson City.

FAA spokesman Jim Peters told the Johnson City Press (https://bit.ly/1Or3Q0j) the Lancair COL4 aircraft was heading to Bloomington, Indiana, from Knoxville when it crashed around 7:15 Friday night.

According to emergency radio communications, traffic controllers at Tri-Cities Regional Airport lost contact with the pilot of a single-engine plane at about 14,000 feet. Witnesses reported hearing the craft’s engine struggling before seeing an orange glow in the cloudy night sky.

Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said on Saturday trucks and all-terrain vehicles were taking investigators as close to the site as possible, but they would have to hike part of the way.

Graybeal declined to release the identities of those killed.


University of Tennessee approves bonuses, raises for leaders

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees has approved bonuses and raises for administrators, including the campus chancellors and UT President Joe DiPietro.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1QgBe7o) at a Friday meeting, the board approved a new compensation package for DiPietro through 2019. It includes 5 percent annual base pay increases if his performance is satisfactory to the board. It also includes annual bonuses of up to 25 percent of base pay and increases in housing and expense allowances.

In total DiPietro will receive up to $696,802 in compensation this year as well as $186,301 in retention bonuses for his performance the past three years.

The board also approved new annual performance-based retention bonuses for all board-elected university officers. The maximum payout will be 15 percent of base salary, except for DiPietro.

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek received a 3 percent base pay increase to $447,492 and a retention bonus for performance from July 2012 to June 2015 of $158,098.

DiPietro said increasing salaries keeps UT competitive, and he intends to close the market pay gaps for faculty and staff.


Memphis bikes, pedestrians manager honored by White House

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis’ bicycle and pedestrian program manager is being recognized by the White House.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/1R452nE) Kyle Wagenschutz will be in Washington on Tuesday to be honored by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx as a Transportation Champion of Change.

The award recognizes 11 innovators across the country for advancing change that benefits the nation’s transportation systems.

Since Wagenschutz was hired in 2010, Memphis has gone from 62 miles of bike lanes to 134. And that number is expected to more than double next year.

In 2012, Memphis was Bicycling magazine’s Most Improved City for Cycling.

Wagenschutz says Memphis is proof that the bike/walk initiatives can work anywhere.


Tennessee colleges plan, drill for active shooter situations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Public colleges in Tennessee conduct drills, review procedures and work with local police on how to handle emergencies, including an active shooter situation like the one in Oregon in which nine people died earlier this month, officials said.

Procedures vary by campus, but each of the 46 institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents is required to have an emergency response plan in place, hold regular training exercises, and train individuals on campus in how to respond to emergencies of all kinds.

In the University of Tennessee system, plans are shared with faculty, staff and students on signs around campus and through meetings, and each campus hosts training sessions with local police annually, UT spokeswoman Gina Stafford said. The training sessions address all emergencies, not just those involving active shooters.


This story has been corrected to reflect that the board’s name is Tennessee Board of Regents, not University of Tennessee Board of Regents.

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