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May 27th, 2013 4:30 pm by Associated Press

News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

People attend to a victim who was hit by a car during the Hikers Parade at the Trail Days festival in Damascus, Va., Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo)

Driver's insurance could cover Va parade injuries

DAMASCUS, Va. (AP) — Damascus Mayor Jack McCrady says he expects the insurer of a man whose car hit dozens of hikers during a parade to cover the victims' medical costs.

McCrady says Deward Blevins' family has turned over information necessary for the victims to submit medical bills.

The mayor tells the Bristol Herald Courier (http://bit.ly/14SKAzthttp://bit.ly/14SKAzt ) that the parade committee is going to review all aspects of the town's Trail Days Parade to see how safety can be improved.

Blevins' 1997 Cadillac plowed into the parade on May 18, injuring about 50 people. Police say the 87-year-old resident of Shady Valley, Tenn., had a medical issue that caused him to lose control of his car.

The injuries ranged from critical to superficial. The most seriously injured have been released from area hospitals.

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Authorities: 13 injured in 3-car crash

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say 13 people were injured in a three-car crash on Highway 96 in Williamson County.

According to WSMV-TV (http://bit.ly/1al414z), the accident occurred around 5:45 p.m. on Saturday when a minivan carrying 11 people clipped a vehicle, then crashed head-on into another car.

Officials say two adult passengers from the minivan and two adults from the vehicle it hit head-on were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where they were listed in critical condition.

The remaining nine passengers from the minivan were also taken to Vanderbilt. The victims included seven 16-year-old girls, a 2-year-old child and a 1-year-old child. Their conditions were unknown.

Officials said appeared none of the minivan passengers were wearing proper restraints, including the children. They also don't believe the driver of the car the van struck head-on was wearing a seat belt.

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Authorities discover body of missing man in lake

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a body recovered from Percy Priest Lake is that of a man who went missing on the lake two weeks ago.

According to WTVF-TV (http://bit.ly/127Tvjd), the body of 55-year-old Khosrow Raissian was discovered Saturday on Hole in the Wall Island on the lake.

Officials say Raissian was boating with friends near the island when he jumped off the boat and never resurfaced.

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Information from: WTVF-TV, http://www.newschannel5.com

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Ga. band works to save Civil War battlefield sites

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta band Granville Automatic is preparing to release a music video filmed at an ice cream shop on the site of the 1864 battle that left the city in flames during the Civil War.

The project is part of an effort to raise awareness about Civil War battlefields across the country, focusing particularly on those that lack the fame of places such as Gettysburg.

The 150th anniversary of the war has led to renewed interest in preserving the battlefields and protecting them from development, said Mary Koik, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based Civil War Trust.

In Atlanta, virtually all of the ground where the Battle of Atlanta was fought has been covered up by office buildings, commuter train stations and freeways.

Granville Automatic partnered with the trust to produce a collection of songs about Civil War history across the nation. In "Copenhill," the song about the Atlanta battle, lyrics recall how the city was burned by Union Gen. William T. Sherman's federal army: "Burn, burn, burn till the flames hit the sky ..."

Sherman looked down on the fighting from a hill — Copenhill — that's now part of the Carter Center, which houses former President Jimmy Carter's library and museum, said Bill Drummond, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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