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GPS collar aids in dog rescue

The Union County Sheriff’s Department and TVA contacted the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad to help rescue a dog from a 30-foot pit on Saturday morning.

The dog, a coonhound named Tanner, fell into the pit in the Loyston Recreation area near Norris, and searchers found him through a GPS tracking device on his collar.

Two members of a KVERS Cave/Vertical team rappelled down the narrow hole, about the size of a wheelbarrow, to rescue the dog.

Tanner was successfully rescued from the pit shortly before 3 pm and appeared happy to be out and see his owner. Tanner also looked to be in good health even after falling into the pit.

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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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