By Bob Weaver

Two-year-old Zachary Tallman drowned in a swollen creek near the Dog Creek Straight on State Route 36, just north of Newton in Roane County last evening. Newton Volunteer Fire Department Chief Delbert McKenzie said over 100 firemen and volunteers from five departments searched the flood waters and creek banks.

"The diving team from the Spencer-Roane VFD found the child," within an hour after the report at 6:15 p.m., according to McKenzie. A diving team from Calhoun County was enroute, said Grantsville VFD Chief Jim Garretson. "We had nine people responding, but the child's body was discovered while we were enroute," he said.

The child was the son of Tony and Kim Tallman of Newton.

Diving teams from Clay and Spencer helped with the search, along with the Newton, Clover, Clay, Big Otter and Spencer-Roane volunteer fire departments.

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