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Tennessee Highway Patrol prepares Motorists for heavy presence this Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Tennessee State Troopers Will Strictly Enforce No Refusal Law

The Tennessee Highway PatrolNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Colonel Tracy Trott are reminding citizens to expect a “No Refusal” and high-visibility, safe driving enforcement campaign during the 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday period. The “No Refusal” enforcement will begin at 6:00pm, Wednesday, November 21st and end at midnight, Sunday, November 25th.

The “No Refusal” law allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. The goal is to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways.  The Thanksgiving Holiday marks the third “No Refusal” enforcement effort, following campaigns over the Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday periods.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

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Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security speeds up Driver License Renewals with iPad Technology

 

Tennessee Department of SafetyNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is using Apple iPad technology in its state driver service centers to help improve wait times for customers who need to renew or replace driver licenses.

The department has installed 72 iPad kiosks, called ASSETS (automatic self-service electronic terminals), inside 26 driver service centers across Tennessee, primarily located in the state’s urban areas. Customers who visit specified driver service centers to simply renew or replace a lost driver license may use a special application installed on the iPads to quickly complete and pay for the transaction using a credit or debit card.

iPad ASSETS at Tennessee Driver Service Centers

iPad ASSETS at Tennessee Driver Service Centers

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission approves 2012-13 Hunting Seasons

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission set the state’s 2012-13 hunting seasons during its May meeting which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Ray Bell Region II Building.

Among the changes, Tennessee sportsmen will see an increase in deer and bear harvest opportunities.

In regard to white-tailed deer hunting, the TWRC approved the TWRA’s proposal to increase the antlerless archery season bag limit in Unit B to four deer per season. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tornado Watch in effect for the Clarksville Montgomery County area until 6:00am

 

National Weather ServiceMontgomery County, TN – The National Weather Service has a tornado watch 7 in effect until 6:00am cst for the Clarksville Montgomery County Area.

A significant severe weather outbreak is possible in Middle Tennessee tonight and conditions will favor the development of isolated tornadoes. Vigilance is advised overnight.

Early tonight, a line of thunderstorms, some severe, was pushing across Eastern Arkansas. The National Weather Service in Little Rock, Arkansas issued tornado warnings for several of these storms and damage to houses and trees reportedly occurred near the town of Fordyce, Arkansas. «Read the rest of this article»

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Decrease in Traffic Fatalities Over Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

 

Preliminary Figure Mark Fewest Fatalities on Record

Tennessee Department of SafetyNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced a preliminary figure that indicated six people were killed during the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, compared to 16 fatalities during last year’s Thanksgiving Day holiday period.

If the 2011 preliminary number holds true, it will mark the lowest number of fatalities on record during the Thanksgiving holiday. Previously, the fewest number of vehicular fatalities was seven, which occurred during the 1983 Thanksgiving Day period.

2011 Thanksgiving Holiday Fatality Log

2011 Thanksgiving Holiday Fatality Log

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Young Sportsman Deer Harvest sees slight increase over 2010

 

Muzzleloader Season Starts November 5th

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Tennessee’s youth hunters posted a slight increase over 2010 after a busy weekend of deer hunting across the state in the Young Sportsman Hunt.

The youth hunters (ages 6-16) harvested 8,831 deer, an increase of 13 deer over the same weekend last year. It is also an increase of 629 over the 2009 totals as reported by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

For the second straight year, Giles County was the top county for the youth hunt with 284, also an increase of 13 from its 271 total of last year. Weakley County was again second with 234 and Fayette County moved to third from fourth from a year ago with 226. Henry County was close behind in fourth. Lawrence and Hardeman County each surpassed the 200-harvest number with 202 and 201, respectively. «Read the rest of this article»

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TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security Announces New Driver Service Center Business Hours

 

New Hours Effective August 15th, 2011

Tennessee Department of SafetyNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today announced the implementation of new business hours for its 49 Driver Service Centers across the state. Effective Monday, August 15th, all Driver Service Centers will operate during the hours of 8:30am to 5:00pm. Monday through Friday.

The change comes as part of the department’s top-to-bottom review, which aims to provide efficient, customer-friendly service to every Tennessean. «Read the rest of this article»

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August 9th is the Deadline for Tennesseans to Register with FEMA

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMANashville, TN – Tennesseans who suffered losses due to severe spring weather have about six weeks remaining to apply for assistance. August 9th is the last day the Federal Emergency Management Agency will accept applications for individual assistance.

State and federal officials continue to encourage anyone with damage or other losses in the disaster-designated counties to register. “You may think you don’t need assistance, but you could later have disaster related losses,” said TEMA Director James H. Bassham “Registration with FEMA is free. It’s better to get your name in the system before the August 9th deadline. After that date, it will be too late.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee’s Second Segment of Gun Season for Deer starts today

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Tennessee’s gun season for deer hunters resumes today, December 18th and will continue through January 9th. 2011.

Since archery season opened in late September, more than 122,500 deer have been harvested in the state. Giles County has the top overall harvest with 3,663. «Read the rest of this article»

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Home vandalism stirs alarm in Jackson, TN; incident viewed as ‘hate crime’

 

Racial epithets amid high dollar vandalism alarms citizens, but not police

The NAACP Logo-ColorVandalism of a Dorothy Cove home in Jackson has caused alarm and distress. The Jackson Police Department (JPD), is investigating the vandalism as a property crime. The damage has been estimated at between $8,00 and $10,000. However the Jackson-Madison County Branch of the NAACP has said it views the incident also as a hate crime. Police have not denied that racial epithets were found at the home last Tuesday, as part of their investigation.

Harrel Carter, president of the Jackson-Madison County NAACP Branch issued a press statement denouncing the hate crime. He based the characterization on the presence of racial epithets found in the home on Dorothy Cove. Carter held a press conference in the lobby of the Jackson Police Department, 234 Institute St.

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