Center Hill Lake in nearby DeKalb County is a popular fishing and swimming destination for residents of Rutherford County on a daily basis… that is why we are updating our listeners on a drowning that took place at the lake on Monday. Our partner station WJLE reports a 40 year old Putnam County woman lost her life after she allegedly drove her Chevy Blazer down a boat ramp and into the lake at Johnson Chapel Monday afternoon. Dead is Nancy Randolph.
Two others were in the Blazer with Randolph, reportedly her daughter Sara and her daughter's boyfriend Houston Bussell, but they made it out safely. Family members allege that Randolph intentionally drove the SUV into the water. Nancy's daughter Sara was in the front seat and Sara's boyfriend Houston Bussell was a backseat passenger, according to reports. After they got out, Bussell allegedly went back to get Nancy out but she pushed him away.
(Video below shows TWRA Officers and Darrell Gill of DeKalb Tire and Service hooking the submerged Chevy Blazer to a roll back tow truck. Victims were already out of the Blazer by this time)