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Tuesday September 2, 2014
Two Labor Day weekend traffic fatalities happened in neighboring counties.
In Coffee County, the driver of a tractor trailer, 27 year old Phillip Toombs of Beechgrove had crashed his vehicle in the eastbound lanes of I-24 near Manchester early Sunday morning. As he was walking through the median into the westbound lanes he was struck and killed by a passing vehicle.
Friday night, a Tracy City resident, 35 year old Travis Johnson was traveling north on Highway 56 in Grundy County at a high speed when the vehicle went off the roadway, struck a tree and flipped several times. A passenger in the car, Karen Scott of Sewanee was killed in the crash.
More Counties Quarantined for Pest
Tuesday September 2, 2014
A quarantine for an invasive insect that destroys ash trees has been expanded to include more Tennessee counties. Bradley, McMinn, Meigs and Polk Counties have been added to the list of areas restricted for the movement of ash trees and ash tree products because of the possible presence of the Emerald Ash Borer. This brings the total number of Tennessee counties under a state and federal EAB quarantine to 38.
EAB is a destructive forest pest that was introduced from Asia into the United States in the 1990s. Over the past decade, it has spread to 24 states and parts of Canada. It was first detected in Tennessee in 2010 in Knox County. Since that time, it has spread to 29 counties throughout East and Middle Tennessee.
TDOT Smartway System
WKRN Tuesday September 2, 2014
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says their Smartway system saves lives and taxpayer money.
The system, which has been in use since 2003, gives real time traffic information to four stations throughout the state.
TDOT used to rely on police or other drivers to call in about accidents. But real time information through hundreds of cameras has changed that operation.
With the Smartway system, they are quickly alerted to everything from drivers who run out of gas to debris on the road. This allows them to act quickly and save money.
TDOT says Tennessee was one of the first states to use the Smartway system and now other states are following suit.
Jay Walker Tuesday September 2, 2014
The WCMS Pioneer football team will host Franklin County South Tuesday night at Nunley Stadium. Kickoff is at 6:30pm.
WCMS is Going Gold Tuesday night in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness. A recognition ceremony and a moment of silence will be observed at 6:15. The school has been selling wristbands, ribbons and T-shirts and taking donations. The proceeds are being donated in memory of Hailey Taylor to the Chelsea's Hope for a Cure that provides for the needs of local families affected by childhood cancers.
Prescription Drug Abuse
Monday September 1, 2014
Prescription drug abuse has become the biggest substance abuse problem faced by the State of Tennessee.
More people die from abusing prescription medication than they do on our state's highways. But only one out of eight people get the help they need.
According to the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, over the past decade, substance abuse admissions for prescription drugs, like hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and methadone have increased 500 percent.
Officials say as of July 2012, the number of admissions for prescription drug abuse exceeded admissions for alcohol abuse for the first time in history.