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Drive To Zero Fatalities Campaign During Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott on Friday announced the third annual “Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive to Zero Fatalities” traffic safety initiative scheduled for the Thanksgiving holiday period. The announcement was held at the Carillon Pillars located within the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville.
Colonel Trott was joined by Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John The Interstate 40 Challenge will consist of increased patrols from state police or highway patrol agencies along the I-40 corridor that stretches through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
The challenge will take place on the busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving period, specifically Wednesday, November 25th and Sunday, November 29th.
“The THP cares about you and your family and wants you to have the best holiday season possible. The THP is going to do all that we can to protect you.  One of the most difficult jobs for our troopers is working fatal crashes, and then having to notify family of their loved ones passing.  I do not want another Tennessee family to feel that heartbreak,” Trott said.
Interstate-40 runs 2,555 miles through eight states, and has more miles in Tennessee than any other state with 455 miles. In 2014 on Interstate 40, Tennessee state troopers investigated 16 crashes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and 40 wrecks on the Sunday after the holiday. None of those crashes was alcohol-related.
Tennessee state troopers also issued 62 seat belt citations on I-40 on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 2014, coupled with 33 seat belt tickets on the Sunday after the holiday. They also arrested two individuals on suspicion of impaired driving on I-40 on the two challenge days.
“We want to make sure our citizens and visitors get to and from their holiday destinations safely. This is part of our primary goal of reducing the overall number of traffic fatalities in Tennessee,” Gibbons said. “I am thankful for the support of the other state patrols and police and our local law enforcement partners across Tennessee for helping us make I-40 safer.”Tennessee state troopers will be assigned every 20 miles of I-40 from 11:00am to 11:00pm on Wednesday, November 25th and 9:00am to 9:00pm on Sunday, November 29th. Additionally, Trott says there will be an increased presence on all major interstates throughout Tennessee.
“The THP is going the extra mile, not just participating in the I-40 Challenge, but covering all Tennessee interstates every 20 miles to help make the start of the holiday travel season even safer,” Trott said.
“The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will promote the I-40 Challenge on its dynamic message boards and will suspend lane closures beginning at Noon on Wednesday, November 25th through 6:00am on Monday, November 30th. We will also have our regional Help Trucks working to assist with incidents that may occur along the interstates,” Schroer said.
In addition to the I-40 Challenge, the THP will also conduct its routine Thanksgiving holiday enforcement campaign across the state. During last year’s 120 hour holiday period, there were seven people killed in seven fatal crashes in Tennessee. Five of those crashes involved an alcohol impaired driver, and five of the vehicular deaths were unrestrained.
“Having an empty place at the dinner table around the holidays can be devastating. For your friends, for your family, please remember to wear your seat belt each time you travel. Nearly half of those we lose on Tennessee roadways are unbelted. It is always your best defense in the event of a crash. Approximately eighty-six percent of our state is buckling up. While that number seems high, the remaining fourteen percent represents hundreds of thousands of people who make the choice not to wear a seat belt,” Poole said.
Director Poole noted that educating the public about the importance of seat belts and the dangers of impaired and distracted driving, as well as the of law enforcement, will make a difference on Tennessee roadways this holiday season.
State law enforcement officials have also seen a 4.8 percent decline in alcohol-related crashes this year, compared to this same time last year. Colonel Trott believes the agency’s DUI enforcement has helped reduce the number of impaired driving crashes across the state.
To date in 2015, Tennessee state troopers have arrested 6,748 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving. That represents a 68 percent increase over the last five years.

No Lane Closures During Holidays On Tennessee Roadways

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday. TDOT will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state.  All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 25 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 30, 2015.
“Over a million travelers in Tennessee are expected to drive to their holiday destination this year,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Halting road work during this busy time will provide maximum capacity on our roadways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday.”
While all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones.  Motorists are reminded to drive safely and obey the posted speeds, especially in work zones.  Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.
“The Governor’s Highway Safety Office and TDOT are partnering with law enforcement across the state for the I-40 Challenge, with the goal of having zero fatalities on the 455 miles of I-40 in Tennessee,” said GHSO Director Kendell Poole. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol will have troopers stationed every 20 miles on I-40, along with increased law enforcement on all highways. We want everyone to have a safe holiday, so remember to buckle up, drive the speed limit, and don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve had anything to drink.”
Some long-term lane closures will remain in place on some construction projects for motorists’ safety.
AAA predicts 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving holiday, an increase of 0.6 percent over last year and the most in eight years.  An estimated 1,025,217 people are expected to travel by automobile in Tennessee. Nationwide, 89.3% of all travelers will drive to their destination.  Motorists will pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008.
From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.
As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Martin Brings Flyswatter To Warren Despite Loss

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

If Kelli Davis has an off night on the basketball court, things may not go too well for the Cannon County Lionettes.  Davis got off to a slow start Tuesday against Warren County in McMinnville and the team couldn't get things going either.  Davis who averaged 27 points per game coming into the contest was held to just 11 points, six in the first half and none in the third quarter.  Davis played much of the fourth in foul trouble as the Lionettes fell behind early and couldn't catch up losing 40-28 to their border opponents.  Tori Knox finished with 5 points.  Post players Maleah Scott and Haylee Mooneyham were shut down and each fouled out with 1 point apiece.   Lionettes record falls to 1-3 heading into the Mitch Wilson Classic Friday and Saturday
Cannon County Lions center Austin Martin played fly swatter most of the evening against Warren County Tuesday night.  Martin protected the paint well by swatting away several Warren County shots during the night.  Fellow senior Briar Jakes hit several deep three pointers but the duo's efforts weren't enough as Cannon fell to Warren 60-55. The close back and forth contest saw 10 lead changes and 6 ties throughout the evening.  Three technical fouls were called and a bunch of toilet paper streamed onto the court after the first basket made by Warren.  Jakes scored a game high 25 points, Martin had 20, Austin Duggin added 3, Charlie Parish had 5 and Cole George contributed 2 in the game.  Lions go 2-2.
Up next for the Cannon County teams will be Grundy County in day one of the Mitch Wilson Cannon County Classic.  The games are scheduled to start at 6:00 at Robert A Harris Gymnasium.

Tennessee State Fire Marshall's Office Urges Safety During Thanksgiving Season

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Nationally, an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated average of 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss.
“Unattended cooking is the leading contributing factor in all cooking fires,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak. “I urge Tennesseans to celebrate Thanksgiving safely in 2015 by remembering some simple but important rules when they’re in the kitchen.”
The SFMO offers these safety tips as a reminder to cook smart this year.
Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself when you are cooking.
Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling or broiling.
Never leave the fryer unattended. Most fryer units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
Never let children or pets near the fryer, even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot for hours after use.
To prevent spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
The National Turkey Foundation recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of weight.
Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease or oil fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department by dialing 911.

Cannon vs Warren Tonight

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Cannon County Lions and Lionettes renew a border rivalry with Warren County tonight when the basketball teams make the short trip to McMinnville to meet the Pioneer teams.
Both girls teams are 1-2 and each team won their last game played.  Cannon rolled to a win over Bledsoe in Smith County Saturday night while Warren County squeaked by Lebanon in a Hall of Fame contest in Smithville also on Saturday.  Kelli Davis and Tori Knox will try to lead the Lionettes to a win that would even the overall record before this weekends Mitch Wilson Cannon County Classic event
The Cannon County Boys team look to continue to pick up wins.  After dropping the first game to Van Buren County, the Lions came out aggressive and picked up solid wins over Signal Mountain and Bledsoe County.  Warren County beat Franklin County in a close one in their season opener and took one on the chin to Clay County this past Saturday
Tipoff will be at 6:00.  Coaches Corner starts off our broadcast around 5:50.  You can hear the games live aired on AM-1540/FM107.9 WBRY, online at wbry.com, through the smartphones and tablets through WBRY by using the TUNE In radio app

Woodbury Trash Route Schedule For Wednesday Thursday and Friday

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

 The City Of Woodbury announces that Thursday's trash route will be run on Wednesday in addition to Wednesday's regular route.  Regular schedule will resume on Friday.


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