Williamson County SRO credited for saving choking 1st grader’s life

Williamson County SRO credited for saving choking 1st grader’s life

A Bethesda Elementary School first grader is alive today, thanks to an alert Williamson County SRO who saw the child choking and immediately rendered life-saving aid.

It happened Tuesday while Dallas Tomlin was eating lunch in the school’s cafeteria around 11:30 a.m.

News 2 spoke with Dallas, who was wearing a big smile as he talked about how Officer Kevin Teague saved his life.

At the time, Dallas said he was eating a chicken sandwich when he began choking.

Now, three days later after the terrifying incident, the little boy told News 2 he is feeling “good.”

Officer Kevin, who has been a lawman for 28 years, said there were hundreds of children in the noisy cafeteria at the time, but he somehow spotted Dallas in distress.
He continued, “I raised his arms up above his head and did a modified Heimlich maneuver on a small child and from the third thrust there was three pieces of fairly large chicken dislodged from his throat.”“I don’t know what made me look over there. I just did and it caught my attention. When I approached him I asked if he was choking and he could not talk, he could not breathe. He had a panicked look on his face. I don’t know how long he had been choking before I saw him, so he was very panicked,” Officer Kevin said.

Officer Kevin, a father of three, said he was nervous, but is happy he was in the right place at the right time.

“Absolutely you’re nervous, but it doesn’t kick in until after the fact,” he said. “I’m very grateful I was able to restore his breathing and potentially saved his life. I love all these kids here.”

To recognize his quick thinking and heroic action, Capt. Mark Wainwright, present Teague with a letter of commendation written by Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long.

“Your heroism and dedication are certainly recognized – that is a great representation of this department and I congratulate you on a job well done,” Capt. Wainwright said.

Right after the incident, Dallas went to the nurse’s office where he checked out as good as new.

SROs were added to Williamson County elementary schools in 2013 after the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 students were shot.

2 injured after crane tips over in Williamson County

2 injured after crane tips over in Williamson County

Two people suffered minor injuries after a crane tipped over in southern Williamson County Monday afternoon.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Department told News 2 both fire and medical personnel responded to the scene on Clovercroft Road.

Additional information was not released.

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Williamson County says report cards delayed due to TNReady results

Williamson County says report cards delayed due to TNReady results

Williamson County Schools says student report cards will not be released on time this year due to TNReady test results.

According to the district, it was informed by the Tennessee Department of Education that this spring’s results from the testing will be delayed so grades can’t be calculated by the established timeline.

“We are disappointed in this delay,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney. “The school district is preparing an action plan so we can accurately communicate to parents how their student performed during the 2016-17 school year.”

News 2 reached out to the education department who said all of their timelines are on track with what they announced at the beginning of the year.

“We have said publicly that districts will receive raw score data back in late May, and we are on track to begin sending that information to districts beginning the week of May 22,” a representative said.

“Note that districts will receive their scores based on how quickly they returned their testing materials – we cannot score what we do not have,” the department added.

Last year, issues with the delivery and shipping of the TNReady tests caused a lot of problems, ultimately leading some schools to throw test scores out completely.

Earlier this week, education commissioner Candace McQueen said the testing went as planned for the 2016-17 year.

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Motorcyclist severely hurt in crash with SUV in Franklin

Motorcyclist severely hurt in crash with SUV in Franklin

A motorcyclist was severely hurt Wednesday evening after it crashed with a car in Franklin.

Police say the accident happened at 5:30 p.m. at East McEwen Drive near Carothers Parkway. The bike rider was found off the roadway in an area of trees.

According to a press release, traffic reconstructionists determined the motorcyclist was driving east when a woman in an SUV began changing lanes.

The motorcycle was reportedly knocked to the curb, launching the victim into the air. He then collided with a tree.

Police say he suffered life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His identity has not been released.

No charges have been filed, but police say an in-depth investigation into the crash is underway. The road was shut down for hours.

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‘Giving until the end’: Friends remember Franklin woman killed while saving dog

‘Giving until the end’: Friends remember Franklin woman killed while saving dog

A Franklin woman hit and killed by a car while trying to help an injured dog is being remembered.

Robbin Holland’s friends say she was giving until the very end, describing her as a selfless soul that left a remarkable impression on the Franklin community.

“Everybody knew her and she wasn’t just a sideline participant. She was front and center helping everybody,” Renee Rizzo told News 2.

From announcing at Franklin High School football games to acting in her church’s theater group, friends say Holland was constantly involved in the community.

“Robbin, oh my goodness, was the most compassionate human being that I ever met. She did not meet a stranger; she would help anybody,” Rizzo explained.

On Friday night while helping a dog that was hit by a car, Holland’s life came to a tragic end when she was hit by an SUV.

“Trying to save the life of a dog and not even thinking about her own life in that moment… I mean she was just giving until the very end,” said Rizzo.

Rizzo is the CEO of Hope Clinic for Women where Holland worked for years serving outside of her job title as a mentor to many.

“Robbin was even a mentor for me when I first met her. She just has a very gentle maternal spirit about her.”

Anna Lawrence also worked with Holland.

“Our desks were right next to each other, so there were many times that I would come in and plop down and we would cry together and pray together and talk about life, and no matter what she always knew the right things to say. She’s one of the most godliest woman I’ve ever met in my life. Somebody that I truly want to be like,” said Lawrence.

As heartbroken as Holland’s friends are, they are confident they will see her again.

“Oh I just love her, loved her, love her and going to miss her, but I’ll see her on the other side,” Lawrence explained.

As much as Holland gave to the community, friends and family say she was a wife, a mother and a grandmother first.

She was most recently a business teacher at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

Her funeral services will be held at Bethlehem United Methodist Church on Tuesday.

Courtesy of WKRN News 2

Woman helping injured dog killed after being hit by SUV in Franklin

Woman helping injured dog killed after being hit by SUV in Franklin

A 60-year-old woman who was helping an injured dog was died after she was hit by an SUV Friday night.

It happened around 8:45 p.m.in the 1200 block of Hillsboro Road.

According to a release, the victim, Robin Holland, had stopped to help a dog that had been hit by another vehicle when she was struck by a 71-year-old driver.

Holland was taken to Williamson Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Police said the dog she was trying to help also died.

The accident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Courtesy of WKRN News 2

Derby Day Party to be held in Franklin Saturday

Derby Day Party to be held in Franklin Saturday

Seersucker suits, sundresses and big hats will set the scene at the annual Derby Day Party in Franklin on Saturday.

The event is being hosted by the Brentwood (TN) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in conjunction with the AIM TN Foundation.

The Derby Party will go on rain or shine.

The event is free; however, donations will be accepted to help fund scholarships for the Chapter’s Guide Right Program and Kappa League Program at McGavock High School.

“This is an opportunity to enjoy the Kentucky Derby, and help deserving students at the same time,” said The Brentwood (TN) Alumni Chapter Polemarch Billy Williams. “This is our way of giving back to the community.

The Derby Day Party will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cool Springs Marriot Hotel located at 700 Cool Springs Blvd.

COURTESY OF WKRN NEWS 2

Shelter dog finds home helping Alzheimer’s patients at Nashville center

Shelter dog finds home helping Alzheimer’s patients at Nashville center

Every day is Saturday to a dog, but a blue heeler mix in Nashville is providing a service to seniors one belly scratch at a time.

Brady works with Abe’s Garden Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Center of Excellence, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Williamson County Animal Center, Nashville K-9, and Kelly Clarkson.

So far as a dog’s life goes, Brady’s got it made. Sun up to sun down his day is filled with treats, tricks, and more belly rubs than you could shake a paw at.
“Brady has a great life,” said Beverly Theis, clinical social worker. “He runs from household to household and has the run of the area.”Brady’s one of the newer residents in Abe’s Garden but already one of the more popular.

Theis has only known Brady for a few months now.

“[Kelly Clarkson] came through a few months ago. We were really honored to have her here,” she said.

“Abe’s Garden was such a cool thing, I had no idea about it,” noted Clarkson, during a recent show. “I kept asking them what more can we do? What do you need?”

“We said we we’re really looking for a dog,” said Theis.
Through his training, provided by Nashville K-9, Brady learned to be ready for anything he might encounter at Abe’s.Not long after started an eight-week training regiment for Brady, who was donated by the Williamson County Animal Shelter.

“Brady provides a lot of happiness,” noted Theis. “The wagging tail, just coming up to the residents.”

He also provides a homelike atmosphere. Brady, along with the center’s cat Sylvester, bring residents creature comforts of all kinds.

The blue healer mix is only four years old but will likely be roaming the halls at Abe’s Garden for many years to come.

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Police searching for person of interest in attack on Franklin women

Police searching for person of interest in attack on Franklin women

Police are searching for a man who could be connected to two separate attacks on women at their Franklin homes.

Franklin police are looking for 24-year-old Thomas Burns, who is a person of interest in an attack on a woman on Toll House Circle.

Detectives are investigating to determine if Burns could be connected to another incident on Downs Boulevard.

In that incident, a woman felt threatened and ran inside her home while the man rang her doorbell over and over again.

Burns was recently released from the Williamson County jail after he was arrested for assault on March 25.

Burns is homeless and believed to be in a wooded area near Toll House Circle at the time of the attack.

Franklin police caution women to be more aware of their surroundings and have stepped up patrols in the areas of both incidents.

Courtesy of WKRN News 2