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Tennessee Department of Safety issues New Driver License or ID Cards due to Printing Error

 

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced that it had re-issued new permanent driver licenses or photo ID cards to citizens who recently received a card with incorrect content due to a printing error.

The driver licenses or ID cards were incorrectly issued with the phrase “Not for Federal Identification” to 3,500 Tennesseans. The cards were issued to citizens who applied or renewed their driver license or ID card at state driver services centers on February 17th through February 19th. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Highway Patrol announces 2014 Trooper and Dispatcher of the Year; District of the Year

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott presented Trooper Michael Sullivan and Dispatcher Andrew Lawson with the 2014 Trooper and Dispatcher of the Year award, respectively, at a special ceremony held Wednesday evening in Murfreesboro. Also, the THP Fall Branch District was awarded the 2014 District of the Year.

The University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones served as the keynote speaker. Coach Jones is the son of a long-time police chief and nephew to a Michigan State Police Commander.

(L to R) Trooper Michael Sullivan is the 2014 Trooper of the Year and Andrew Lawson is 2014 Dispatcher of the Year.

(L to R) Trooper Michael Sullivan is the 2014 Trooper of the Year and Andrew Lawson is 2014 Dispatcher of the Year.

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Tennessee Agencies prepare for Winter Storm, Urge Tennesseans to Avoid Unnecessary Road Travel

 

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) urge citizens to avoid unnecessary road travel on Monday as the state prepares for a severe winter storm. Motorists who must drive on Monday are advised to check local forecasts and road conditions before travelling.

Middle Tennessee will be under a Winter Storm Warning starting at 9:00pm, CST, Sunday until 6:00am, CST, Monday. The National Weather Service is forecasting a wintry mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain at Tennessee’s border with Alabama. Along Tennessee’s border with Kentucky, six inches to 10 inches of snow is possible.

Snow and ice on the roads.

Snow and ice on the roads.

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Tennessee Department of Safety announces Online Driver Services to be Temporary Interrupted for Upgrade

 

Department Upgrading Driver License Computer System to Improve Customer Service

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced that online services offered by its Driver Services Division will not be available over the upcoming President’s Day weekend to allow time to make improvements to the statewide driver license computer system.

Online driver services will not be available to citizens starting at 5:00pm CST on Friday, February 13th. Online services will resume at 7:00am CST on Tuesday, February 17th. All state offices are closed on Monday, February 16th for President’s Day. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Government announces 2014 Traffic Fatality Figures, Strategic Highway Safety Plan for 2015

 

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN - Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer has announced the preliminary number of traffic fatalities in Tennessee last year and the state’s strategic highway safety plan for 2015.

The 2014 traffic fatality numbers include vehicular deaths reported by all Tennessee law enforcement agencies.

Early figures indicate there were 961 vehicular deaths on Tennessee roadways in 2014. That’s the second lowest traffic fatality number since 1963 and the fifth time traffic deaths have dipped below 1,000 since that year. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security releases Thanksgiving Holiday figures

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol releases Interstate 40 Challenge Results

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced the preliminary number of four traffic fatalities statewide during the 2014 Thanksgiving Holiday period, which began on midnight Wednesday, November 26th and ended at 11:59pm on Sunday, November 30th.

If this year’s preliminary figures remain, it would mark the lowest number of vehicular deaths during the Thanksgiving holiday period since the seven traffic deaths in 1983. In 2013, there were 12 vehicular deaths during the 120-hour Thanksgiving holiday. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Interstate 40 Challenge for Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Eight state police or highway patrol agencies will increase patrols on I-40 for Thanksgiving

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott today announced the second annual “Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive to Zero Fatalities” traffic safety initiative during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

The Interstate 40 Challenge will consist of increased patrols from state police or highway patrol agencies along the I-40 corridor in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee. The challenge will take place on the busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving period, specifically from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30.

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Tennessee State Agencies Celebrate Nation’s First Traffic Incident Management Training Facility

 

Tennessee Department of TransportationNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Department of Transportation celebrated the opening of a first of its kind training facility on October 20th, 2014. The Tennessee Traffic Incident Management Training Facility will be used to teach best practices for safe, quick clearance of major highway incidents.

The facility features a section of interstate-like roadway ranging from two to six lanes, guardrail, a two-way interchange, and cable and steel barrier rail, as well as a section of two-lane highway and a full four-way intersection.  The facility will be used to simulate a variety of crashes, and allow emergency responders to train on safe and efficient clearance techniques. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Highway Patrol comes in Second in 2014 National Law Enforcement Challenge

 

THP Wins Award for Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety in Special Category

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott accepted the second place award for one of the country’s top state police and highway patrol agencies in the 2014 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Challenge at the international organization’s annual conference in Orlando, FL, last week.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the THP has earned second in the overall National Law Enforcement Challenge. «Read the rest of this article»

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Governor Bill Haslam announces David Purkey as Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) Director

 

Purkey to continue serving as Governor’s Homeland Security advisor

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of David W. Purkey as a deputy commissioner of the Military Department where he will direct the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA).

Purkey has served as interim director of TEMA since the April retirement of Jim Bassham. He will also continue to serve as the governor’s Homeland Security advisor and assistant commissioner for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

David Purkey named Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Director

David Purkey named Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Director

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