Army National Guard aids rangers in Park rescue

At 2:14 pm on March 30, Great Smoky Mountains National Parks Emergency Communication Center received a phone call from a hiker located along Mt. Cammerer Trail.  The individual reported that his hiking partner, Kenneth McGinnis, age 66, of Powell TN was experiencing physical distress and was unable to continue hiking on his own.  McGinnis was located along Mt. Cammerer trail half way between the Mt. Cammerer Observation Tower and the Appalachian Trail.  Rangers coordinated with the Tennessee Army National Guard to arrange a Black Hawk Helicopter to extract the patient.   At 5:08 pm, McGinnis was successfully hoisted onto the Black Hawk helicopter and was transported to Fort Sanders Medical Facility.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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