NEW: Briefs for December 17, 2021

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Pedestrian killed when hit by truck

A pedestrian was killed Wednesday evening when they were hit by a tractor-trailer in West Knoxville, authorities said.

The accident happened about 8 p.m. on Interstate 40 East near Papermill Drive, according to a press release from the Knoxville Police Department. 

“The pedestrian, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced deceased on the scene,” the release stated. “Based on the preliminary investigation, at this time it is believed that the pedestrian was attempting to cross I-40 when he was struck by the tractor trailer, which remained on scene following the collision. The driver of the semi is cooperating with the investigation, and that investigation remains ongoing at this time.”

Crash Reconstruction personnel were investigating the crash.  

Winter trout fishing at the Duck Pond

For people who like to bundle up and winter fish for rainbow trout, Fridays in Knoxville just got better. 

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be stocking 350 trout in Fountain City Lake (aka the Duck Pond) this morning – and again, tentatively, on Friday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Feb. 11. 

This is the fourth winter that TWRA has offered winter fishing at Fountain City Lake. For that to happen, it required years of work by City stormwater engineers and community advocates, who painstakingly upgraded the lake’s water quality and constantly monitored the ecosystem of the natural spring-fed lake. 

The City has invested more than $750,000 in addressing the Fountain City Lake ecosystem and committed another $250,000 in park upgrades, such as a new playground and making ADA accessibility improvements.

To snag a free rainbow trout today, fishers need a valid Tennessee fishing license with a trout stamp, and they should bring their own rods, reels and bait. The TWRA program is aimed at introducing a love of fishing to families in urban areas who don’t necessarily have easy access to fishing holes.

Missing woman found, reunited with family

A Knoxville woman who has been missing since Monday was found Thursday, according to Knoxville Police Department officials.

“Lan Nguyen has been found safe and is back with her family,” KPD officials announced at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

KPD had asked for the public’s assistance finding Nguyen several times during the week. Earlier on Thursday, officials stated that the Special Crimes Unit was continuing its investigation into Nguyen’s disappearance. They also stated that investigators had received several credible tips from the public that had proved helpful in the investigation.

Late Thursday afternoon, the KPD drone team was conducting an aerial search of the area surrounding Aventine Northshore, Nguyen’s last known whereabouts, in an attempt to find any evidence of Nguyen’s disappearance. 

KPD did not provide information about how Nguyen was found.

Published on December 17, 2021