(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY KATIE PITTSER Several Cocke County officials, along with Tennessee Highway Patrol and Duke Energy officials, conducted the annual inspections with the white water rafting companies in Hartford on Monday. Pictured in front from left are Cocke County Tourism Director Linda Lewanski, Cocke County Clerk Janice Butler, Rafting Clerks Lesley Hedgepath and Shalee Benson, David Cody and Patrick Sheldon, both with the Cocke County Emergancy Management. Pictured in back from left are Cocke County Fire Chief William Smallwood, Scott Jolley of Duke Energy, and Danny Stewart with Outdoor Adventures.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-06-04 08:53:45)

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

HARTFORD-With the white water rafting season officially in full swing, several Cocke County officials, along with Tennessee Highway Patrol and Duke Energy, spent Monday conducting the annual rafting inspections.

Cocke County Clerk Janice Butler said the inspections are meant to make sure every company on the Pigeon River is in compliance with safety regulations.

"We check everything," said Butler. "The biggest things are making the sure the buses are in compliance with the state and federal regulations, we check the first aid kits, the bathrooms, and the equipment. We want everyone to be safe."

Butler also said that the Tennessee Highway Patrol assists with the inspections because it is easier to go from company to company to check the buses rather than pulling them over on the side of the interstate.

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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