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Constable continues recovery following crash

August 10th, 2011 11:23 pm by John Thompson

ELIZABETHTON — Carter County Constable Ross Potter continues to undergo treatment at Johnson City Medical Center for injuries he received in a car crash last week. While he recovers, his friends have started a fund to help with his medical expenses.
“We have set up a fund at Carter County Bank,” said fellow constable Landon Pritchard. “It is called the Ross Ray Potter Medical Expense Fund and anyone who would like to help can stop by any branch of Carter County Bank to make a donation.”
Pritchard has kept in close contact with Potter and his family since Thursday afternoon’s wreck near the intersection of Tenn. Highway 91 and Blue Springs Road. The accident took the life of Potter’s passenger, Jeanne B. Leonard, 80, Hampton. Pritchard is one of the few people who was able to have a conversation with Potter since the accident.
Pritchard had some good news about Potter’s recovery. Pritchard said Potter underwent surgery on his broken hip Tuesday. “The surgery only lasted 45 minutes and he did real good,” Pritchard said. “After the surgery they moved him back to his own room. He is still in critical condition though.”
Pritchard said Potter has a cast on his right leg and both arms are bandaged. “At first they though his right arm might be broken, but it wasn’t,” Pritchard said. “He is still banged up pretty bad.”
He said Potter has been in an induced coma since he experienced heart problems on Friday.
Pritchard was hopeful the medical expense fund will help. Potter is very well known in Carter County and has served as a constable since 1982. He was known for his willingness to help members of his community.
“I just hope that we can offset some of those big medical bills,” Pritchard said. “It looks like it will take a long time for him to recover.”
Pritchard said donations can be mailed to the following address: Ross Ray Potter Medical Expense Fund, Carter County Bank, P.O. Box 1990, Elizabethton, TN 37644.

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