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MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say a small plane has crashed near a Tennessee airport, killing two people and seriously injuring another. The Federal Aviation Administration said three people were aboard a single-engine Piper PA-28 airplane that crashed on Tuesday afternoon. A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the plane took off from Warren County Memorial Airport in McMinnville and crashed in a nearby field. A witness said the plane appeared to be trying to return to the airport when it crashed. The identities of the two people who were killed were not immediately released. The third person on the plane suffered serious injuries. The NTSB is investigating.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville says COVID-19 cases are increasing “way too fast” and she will announce actions to address the jump in coming days. In an online message Tuesday, Chancellor Donde Plowman said there are 600 active cases at the campus. She said more than 2,100 people are in quarantine or self-isolation, the vast majority of them students living both on and off campus. She said the university is using a hotel as isolation space for on-campus students who test positive and the school is in the process of creating more isolation space on campus.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a grant of nearly $1.2 million for Tennessee to help the city of Mt. Juliet with costs of removing debris after the March tornadoes. FEMA said Tuesday that the funds will reimburse the city for the cost of removing more than 114,000 cubic yards of debris from public roads, property and rights-of-way after the storm. Strong storms that produced tornadoes tore through Middle Tennessee on March 3. The storms killed 25 people and damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings. FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants to help communities recover from major disasters or emergencies.
TEN MILE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities are investigating two fatal weekend boating accidents in Tennessee. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says a boat carrying three people crashed Saturday near a marina on Watts Bar Lake. The agency says 55-year-old Don Campbell of Ooltewah was pronounced dead at the scene by a medical examiner. His wife was taken to a Knoxville hospital for treatment of her injuries, while a child was taken to a hospital before being released to the family. On Sunday, a woman died after she fell from a pontoon boat on Old Hickory Lake, northeast of Nashville. She was identified as 23-year-old Madison Renee Shipley from Winona Lake, Indiana.