Motorcycle accident sends Myers to Erlanger

Posted By | April 29, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
A motorcycle accident sent Jeff Myers, 48, of Sparta, to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga on Sunday. As of this morning, authorities said Myers was placed in a regular patient room and was listed in fair condition.
Sgt. Ben Prichard of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Myers was traveling northbound on Highway 136 on a 1970 Harley Davidson. At approximately 2:05 p.m., Myers was near mile marker 9 when he was involved in an accident. According to the report, he was traveling on a wet roadway, started into a curve and lost control of the motorcycle. Myers fell from the motorcycle, landing in a barbed wire fence.
Emergency personnel transported Myers to the White County Community Hospital where they waited for a helicopter to arrive. At approximately 3 p.m., an Erlanger Life Force team arrived to transport Myers to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
Authorities from the White County Sheriff’s Dept., Central View Volunteer Fire Dept., White County EMS and Tennessee Highway Patrol were on the scene. Sparta Fire Dept. and Erlanger Life Force also lent their assistance.
– Meth led to reckless endangerment charges
According to White County Sheriff Guy Goff, Tracy Lynn Whittenburg pled guilty to felony reckless endangerment (of a child) charges in Circuit Court on April 24, 2002.
“This was a joint investigation by the Dept. of Children Services and Det. Chris Isom” said Goff. Det. Isom and DCS were called to the White County Community Hospital on a mother and child having methamphetamine in their systems during childbirth. According to Det. Isom, the newborn was jerking and convulsing as if the child was having withdrawals. Det. Isom did obtain a confession from Whittenburg in reference to her having used “meth” throughout her pregnancy.
“I would like to thank the White County hospital staff for there unprecedented help in this matter,” said Goff. “My department is going to pursue drug abusers no matter where it might take us and to whom it might lead us to.”
– Tree fell on Highway 70E
The Emergency 911 Center dispatched authorities to an accident on Highway 70E between Bon Air Market and Sparta Steel at approximately 8 p.m., April 25. A vehicle was damaged when a tree fell onto the roadway.
Firemen blocked the traffic from both directions and sent vehicles on a detour around the scene. Workers brought several chain saws and cut away at the limbs of the tree to remove them from the highway.
Deputy Christopher E. Bennett of the White County Sheriff’s Dept. received a call to respond to 238 N. Spring Street in reference to an accident involving the fallen tree on Highway 70E. At approximately 9:45 p.m., Bennett arrived at the residence and spoke with Virginia Sparks. Sparks advised Bennett she was westbound on Highway 70 when she struck the tree in the roadway. Sparks had damage to the front end of her 1993 Chevrolet and the paint was scratched in several places.
Members of the White County Sheriff’s Dept., BonDeCroft Volunteer Fire Dept. and several other authorities lent their assistance during the cleanup of the roadway on Highway 70E.

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