Cocke County man drowns in Pigeon River

NEWPORT (WATE) – A Cocke County man drowned while trying to fish in the Pigeon River Saturday.

Newport Police Chief Maurice Shults confirmed that James Clay “Jim” Self’s body was found in the river. Witnesses saw the victim near the Brown Funeral Home. He was found with a head injury.

Self was transported by helicopter to UT Medical Center after being resuscitated. However, died from injuries at the hospital.

Shults says the victim either fell in the river or suffered a medical issue.

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