Topic: Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
Nashville, TN – Trooper Joseph Williams of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Cookeville District initiated a traffic stop that led to the discovery of approximately 4.4 pounds of cocaine and the arrest of two Texas men on felony drug charges in Clay County on Tuesday. Trooper Mark Mahan also assisted.
Trooper Williams was patrolling on Highway 135 northbound at approximately 2:00pm on Tuesday, when he observed a black 1997 Chevrolet Silverado that matched a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) description of a vehicle that was possibly engaged in criminal activity. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – A Tennessee state trooper arrested internationally known hip-hop artist “Nelly” on felony drug charges in Putnam County on Saturday morning.
Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At approximately 9:20am on Saturday, Trooper Michael Loftis stopped a Prevost motor coach bus on Interstate 40 near the 275 mile marker for failure to display a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) sticker on the vehicle. The investigating trooper planned to conduct an inspection on the bus when he noticed an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is now accepting applications for its youth and junior trooper academies in Nashville this summer. As part of the THP’s community service initiatives, this is the second year the agency has hosted free trooper academies for youth.
There are two separate camps that will be held at the THP Training Center this summer. The agency’s junior trooper school, a day camp for children grades 6-8, will take place June 22nd-26th. The youth academy is an overnight camp for students in grades 9-12 that begins on July 6th and concludes on July 10th. The camps are open to boys and girls. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson
Speaker Pro Tempore
Nashville, TN – Legislation designed to save money and cut down on the time spent renewing driver licenses moved forward this week in the House of Representatives.
As many Tennesseans note, despite technologies that allow licenses to be renewed online or in mobile kiosks, driver license centers across the state are often overcrowded.
House Bill 198 seeks to help solve this problem by moving the driver license renewal period from five to eight years. As the law stands now, Tennessee has among the shortest periods of time that a license is valid when compared to other states. Most states already have either a seven or an eight year license.
Nashville, 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»
Nashville, 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»
Nashville, 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.
Nashville, 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.
Tennessee Department of Safety announces Online Driver Services to be Temporary Interrupted for Upgrade
Department Upgrading Driver License Computer System to Improve Customer Service
Nashville, 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»
Nashville, TN – A Tennessee state trooper arrested two previously convicted felons and another man on drug charges earlier this week after stopping their vehicle for speeding in a construction zone in Coffee County.
Trooper Donnie Clark on Tuesday afternoon stopped a sport utility vehicle for a speeding violation on westbound Interstate-24 near the 115 mile marker. Upon initial contact with the driver, Alphonso Mucker, 27, of Hardinsburg, KY, Trooper Clark observed several indications of possible criminal activity. «Read the rest of this article»
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