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Local Man Killed in Tree-Cutting Accident

A Perry County man was killed in a tree-cutting accident on Tom’s Creek Lake Road just after 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 26, 2023.

Phillip Majors, Jr.—better known locally as “Peter Rabbit”—was cutting the tree for a property owner he has worked for in the past, said Perry County EMS Director Gary Rogers who responded to the scene.

As the tree fell and Majors was moving away, a ten-inch limb struck him in the back of the head, Rogers said, resulting in almost immediate death.

“The people who were there tried to help as best they could, but it was just one of those tragic accidents where nothing could be done,” Rogers told the Review.

It was unclear, Rogers said, if the limb struck Majors while still attached to the falling tree or if it broke away and landed on the victim.

The tree itself was not on top of Majors, Rogers said.

The accident occurred near Denson’s Landing on the Tennessee River, northwest of Pineview.

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Majors were not available at press time.

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