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Move-Over Law Ignored by Many
Wednesday August 5, 2015

Officials say a law meant to save lives on Tennessee roadways is still being ignored by drivers every day and the results can be deadly.
In 2011, the Move-Over Law was put into effect to protect police officers, EMTs, tow truck drivers and stranded motorists.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, in the last five years 4,107 drivers have been ticketed for not moving over. And since 2005, 330 first responders were hit out on the roads.


Seat Belt Usage Down
Wednesday August 5, 2015

The Governor's Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol have announced a decrease in seat belt use. The new statewide rate has been finalized at 86.2 percent for the month of June. This percentage represents a decrease from the previous usage rate of 87.7 percent.
Governor's Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole said the decrease represents tens of thousands of Tennesseans not wearing a seat belt this year.
Earlier this year, Gov. Haslam signed a bill that will increase Tennessee's seat belt fine beginning in January 2016. The fine will increase from $10 to $25 for first offenders and from $25 to $50 for subsequent offenses.
As of August 3rd, preliminary statistics indicate 519 people have died on Tennessee roadways, a decrease of 35 compared to this time last year. To date, 47.9 percent of the state's fatalities have been unrestrained motorists.


Widespread Outage
Wednesday August 5, 2015

An AT&T outage left thousands of users without access to the internet and phone services Tuesday.
Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile customers have have also been affected.
The outages were reported in the Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville areas in Tennessee.
An official with TEMA said AT&T reported a multi-state outage at 3:30, which included Tennessee.
Tuesday night officials with AT&T said they were working to establish service, but didn't have an estimated duration of the outage.


Monday Crash
Jay Walker Tuesday August 4, 2015

Two drivers were injured Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on the bypass near McMinnville Funeral Home.
According to McMinnville Police, a Chevy S-10 , driven by 78 year old Homer James was traveling eastbound on the bypass when it ventured into the adjacent lane and struck the rear of a Nissan Sentra, driven by 49 year old Tina Shepherd. The impact caused the Sentra to spin out of control. The car then hit a culvert in the median and flipped over, coming to rest on its top in the easbound lanes.
Shepherd suffered a head injury and was taken by ambulance to River Park Hospital. James was also transported for observation.
Police say both drivers were wearing seat belts. James was cited for careless driving.


Committee Meetings
Jay Walker Tuesday August 4, 2015

Two committees of the Warren Count Commission have scheduled meetings for Tuesday.
The Highway and Bridge Committee will meet at 4pm at the Highway department to discuss county road projects.
The Building and Grounds Committee will meet at 5pm at the Administrative Building to discuss building security and county personnel.


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