McMillen rescued from Rainbow Bluff

Posted By | April 8, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
A White County man, David McMillen, 26, was rescued from the water falls area of Rainbow Bluff on Sunday afternoon. The bluff was located near Geers Lake Road on Bon Air Mountain. According to authorities, McMillen and several friends were exploring the area when he fell off the bluff. Rescue squad members, firefighters, law enforcement and emergency personnel worked together to bring McMillen to safety.
Authorities entered the woods at approximately 4 p.m. and traveled about half a mile on a path to their destination.
Some were in vehicles, while others hiked the trail. An ambulance was on location where they could reach their supplies. Authorities set up a safety line to bring supplies down to emergency workers. Once the patient was ready for transport, authorities held on to the safety line as they climbed approximately 200 yards up the side of the mountain with the patient. McMillen was brought to safety and was transported to the White County Community Hospital by White County EMS. “Everyone did a real good job,” said Sparta-White County Rescue Squad Chief Billy Vaughn. “I would like to thank the ambulance service and fire departments for their assistance.” McMillen was listed in stable condition at the emergency room.
Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, White County Sheriff’s Dept., White County EMS, BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Dept. and Eastland Volunteer Fire Dept. were on the scene until approximately 5:20 p.m.
– Judd residence destroyed by fire
Flames lit the sky as the home of Edd and Kim Judd was totally consumed by fire early Sunday morning. Neighbors watched from a distance as firefighters worked diligently to keep the fire from spreading to nearby homes. Smoke billowed above the tree tops and permeated the area.
The Emergency 911 Center dispatched Doyle Volunteer Fire Dept., Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Dept. and Hickory Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. to the structure fire at approximately 1:50 a.m., April 7, 2002. Firemen arrived at 1022 Bethel Hollow Road and found the structure totally engulfed in flames. Firemen coordinated their efforts to contain and extinguish the fire, which took several hours.
There were approximately 10 firemen from Doyle, eight firemen from Hickory Valley and eight firemen from Mt. Gilead Fire Depts. on the scene.
There were three pumper trucks and three tankers. “We used about 8,000 to 9,000 gallons of water,” said Doyle Asst. Chief Jimmy Savage.
Caney Fork Electric and Middle Tennessee Natural Gas were on the scene and disconnected the utilities. Authorities were on the scene until approximately 5:15 a.m. The cause of the fire was undetermined.
– Two arrested on possession of marijuana
Authorities made an arrest on both James Ross Usrey and Michael Robert Kiral after marijuana was allegedly found during a traffic stop.
At approximately 10:11 p.m., April 6, 2002, Deputy Lester Dolente made a traffic stop on a green Honda for having no tail lights. Usrey was the driver and Kiral was the front passenger. There was also a juvenile passenger in the back of the vehicle. Dolente noticed Kiral allegedly acting nervous and moving around when he walked up to the vehicle. Dolente went to Kiral’s side of the vehicle and observed a plastic baggie with a green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, laying next to the console. Kiral was placed under arrest and Dolente also found a pack of rolling papers on Kiral.
All three subjects admitted to smoking marijuana before they were pulled over. Usrey and Kiral allegedly admitted to part ownership of the marijuana and were charged with simple possession of marijuana, contributing to delinquency of a minor and drug paraphernalia.
– Two vehicle crash
Two patients were taken to the local hospital after their vehicles were involved in an accident on Highway 136. White County EMS transported both Erica Beth Young, 21, of Sparta and Steven Christopher Shelton, 22, of Sparta to the White County Community Hospital.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., Friday, the Emergency 911 Center dispatched authorities to the scene. Central View Volunteer Fire Dept. 1st responders arrived on the scene and lent their assistance.
According to Trooper R.C. Christian of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Young was traveling northbound on Highway 136 in a 1993 Mercury Tracer. Young had apparently slowed down for deer crossing the roadway in front of her.
Young’s vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle. The other vehicle, a 1994 Geo Prism, was driven by Steven Christopher Shelton, 22, of Sparta. Shelton was also traveling northbound on Highway 136 behind Young and was unable to stop. Terry Murphy, 22, of McMinnville was a passenger in Shelton’s vehicle.
“The firemen compliment the job we all do,” said Trooper R.C. Christian. He also said Central View Volunteer Firefighters helped with traffic control and did a wash down of the roadway. Tennessee Highway Patrol, White County Sheriff’s Dept., White County EMS and Central View Volunteer Fire Dept. were at the location. Jeff’s Body Shop and Kenneth’s Body Shop also responded. Authorities were on the scene until approximately 8 p.m.
– Traffic stop led to drug charges
A traffic stop led to an arrest when authorities observed drug paraphernalia inside a vehicle driven by Timothy Wagner, 23, of Sparta.
At approximately 8:57 p.m., Deputy Jeremiah Lintz of the White County Sheriff’s Dept. stopped a Mercury on Highway 70W for having the tags on the wrong vehicle and for a light law violation. Lintz came into contact with the driver, Wagner. While talking with Wagner, Lintz observed a glass pipe with residue allegedly laying at Wagner’s feet. Wagner was asked to exit the vehicle.
Wagner was placed under arrest for registration violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities searched the vehicle, which revealed a tin container with two pipes containing a small amount of marijuana in each, a small plastic baggie containing 11 pipe screens and one pill bottle containing a small amount of marijuana. Wagner was also charged with drug: simple possession/casual exchange and was transported to the White County Sheriff’s Dept.

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