This morning's NPS Digest is reporting that a construction worker was injured on Wednesday while working on the Foothills Parkway Project.
NPS reports that Jesse Lee Powell, 23, of Bessemer City, North Carolina, was struck by a rock - measuring approximately four feet by two feet by two feet - that rolled about 20 feet down a steep slope and landed on him. Powell was clearing brush from the right-of-way along a section of the Foothills Parkway, which is under construction about ten miles east of Walland in Blount County.
Powell was stabilized and lowered about 20 feet, then carried to a Rural Metro Ambulance. He was subsequently transferred to a Lifestar helicopter, which flew him to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released.