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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issues Directive

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has issued a directive to Adjutant General Max Haston to review security policies and procedures at National Guard armories, storefront recruiting facilities, and other installations and take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of Guardsmen, citizens, and property.

He also instructed Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons to assess the process for issuing handgun carry permits to trained members of the military and to look for ways to streamline it.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee State Trooper placed on leave pending TBI Criminal Investigation

 

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security officials have placed Trooper Mark D. Williams on discretionary leave with pay, effective immediately, pending an ongoing criminal investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and an internal investigation by the department’s Inspectional Services Bureau (ISB).

TBI agents arrested Trooper Williams on drug charges Friday morning in Lauderdale County. All departmental equipment including weapons, badges and commission card were secured following the arrest and pending the investigations.

Tennessee State Trooper Mark D. Williams

Tennessee State Trooper Mark D. Williams

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Commissioners Bill Gibbons and Many-Bears Grinder announce “Highway for Heroes” Program

 

Program Will Assist Veterans With Commercial Driving Experience Finding Jobs As Commercial Drivers

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the launch of the “Highways for Heroes” program that will help veterans and active military personnel who drove commercial grade vehicles during military service more easily find jobs as commercial truck drivers.

Under legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2013, the road skills test may be waived for qualified military personnel applying for a Tennessee commercial driver license (CDL). Applicants, however, are required to pass the applicable CDL knowledge test.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Driver Services Centers use of Technology improves Customer Service

 

Online Driver Services Eliminates Visits To Centers In Some Cases

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – New forms of technology launched by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security have resulted in improved customer service and reduced wait times inside the state’s driver services centers. Recently launched online driver services may eliminate the need to visit a driver services center all together.

Earlier this year, the Driver Services Division updated its driver license system used by examiners and other employees to issue, suspend, and revoke driver licenses, and issue identification cards and handgun carry permits. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Highway Patrol to conduct “No Refusal” Enforcement, increase Patrols during Memorial Day Holiday

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) today announced plans to increase patrols and utilize the “No Refusal” law and a variety of traffic safety enforcement tools to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal crashes across the state during this year’s Memorial Day holiday period.

The 2015 Memorial Day holiday period will begin at 12:01am on Friday, May 22nd and conclude at midnight on Monday, May 25th.

The 96-hour holiday period will include “No Refusal” enforcement, which allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers, in each of the eight THP Districts.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

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Tennessee Department of Safety to use Predictive Analytics

 

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons appeared before the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee this week to present their budget request, which includes funding for the Tennessee’s Highway Patrol (THP).

The THP is the first state law enforcement agency in the nation to use predictive analytics to deploy resources in the best possible way to prevent tragedies on Tennessee roadways. «Read the rest of this article»

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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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