GATLINBURG, Tenn. – A tourist staying near Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee found an unexpected guest in her hot tub Thursday night – a bear, accompanied by three cubs.
Elizabeth Strickland snapped a few photos of the black bear as it enjoyed a soak on the porch of her Gatlinburg cabin.
“I just had to share with y’all,” she told WBIR. “I was in that same seat 14 hours ago!”
After a dip tub and a bit of play time, Strickland said mama bear and her three cubs moved along without incident.
“Black bears are one of Tennessee’s state treasures and no other animal exemplifies the wilderness experience like them,” according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “They have been called a charismatic mega-fauna and for good reason – everyone from non-hunters, to hunters, to wildlife watchers – we all love bears in our own special ways.”
The agency urges residents and visitors to help “keep them wild and keep them alive.”
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Democrats are calling what happened a lawless act. Republicans say it was well within the law, and necessary.
The final day of 2019’s legislative session ended with a bang.
A number of contentious issues led to repeated bickering in the house, including a controversial Medicaid Bill.
Democrats staged a walkout to avoid a vote. Republican speaker Glen Casada allegedly had the doors locked to keep a qourum.
Representative Mike Stewart said Democrats were blocked from leaving. He also said Memphis lawmaker G.A. Hardaway got into a physical altercation with security.
“So what we saw today is the lawlessness and the culture of arrogance that we’ve seen demonstrated throughout this session in ways that has no precedence just was lifted to an entirely new level where you actually had a member Representative Hardaway physically restrained from exercising his right as a member to simply walk out into the hallway,” he said.
However, Speaker Casada said he had every right to lock the doors.
“It cannot be allowed. To walkout and ignore your constitutional duties,” he said.
Aside from the explosive incident, Republican Governor Bill Lee believes the session went smoothly.
“It’s been a pleasant revelation to see the commitment of folks to genuinely work together,” he said.
WREG called Representative Hardaway for comment, but he has not returned the call.
DAVIDSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A mother has been charged with child neglect after admitting to investigators to leaving her baby at home alone to have breakfast with a friend, WSMV reports.
According to the affidavit, officers went to a home early Sunday morning after a man called police to report that his ex-girlfriend should have been at the home watching their 11-month-old child and he couldn’t get in touch with her.
When officers arrived around 4:22 a.m., they tried knocking on the door and calling her phone number but did not get an answer. The woman, later identified as 25-year-old Nieghn Carey later called her ex-boyfriend and told him that she was on her way back home. She got back to the house around 5 a.m. and told officers that she did leave the baby alone because the baby was asleep and she was going to go get breakfast with a friend.
Medics arrived to check on the baby and DCS was notified. Carey was arrested on felony child neglect charges.