A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT has been issued for the accumulating snow in the Valley and Plateau, plus across the Smokies. Part of the Valley and Plateau could receive up to inch or more of snow, where snow bands persist. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Smokies until Noon Tuesday for another 2" or more of snow is possible. Temperatures are below freezing this morning, so black ice is possible. Please be careful.
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park identify the hiker found dead at a shelter last Wednesday afternoon.
Richard Lemarr, 50, of Knoxville was found at Tricorner Knob Shelter. Because of the remote location and inclement weather, The Tennessee Highway Patrol had to use their hoist helicopter to remove his body.
Lemarr left Newfound Gap Saturday and planned on hiking 30 miles of the Appalachian Trail to North Carolina. He was reported overdue by a friend Monday.
Rangers say his death does not appear to be suspicious.
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