Fog was contributing factor in fatal Polk crash
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Apr 04, 2013 | 2699 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dense fog was believed to have been a factor in the crash that killed a Polk County resident earlier this week.

Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Cameron Azbill said Earl Swallows, 62, was traveling on Cookson Creek Road when his Toyota truck left the roadway, went down an embankment and struck a tree.

Swallows was not wearing a seat belt, according to Azbill’s report.

Azbill also noted Swallows was partially ejected from the vehicle as it came to rest against the tree.

- A Hollow Road resident noticed she had no running water and began to investigate, finding that her well pump had been vandalized.

According to a report filed by deputy Matthew Landolt, Natasha McKinney said her well pump and tank are housed in a wooded area on her property.

McKinney discovered someone had removed approximately 360 feet of copper wire which carried electricity to her well pump.

The theft was believed to have occurred sometime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The loss was estimated at $300.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol is continuing to conduct Driver’s License Roadside Safety Checkpoints in Bradley and Polk County beginning this week.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public, by motorists who would violate the laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.