Topic: Tennessee Department of Safety
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) is the sponsor of House Bill 0422 (Senate Bill 493), which would expedite issuance of certain professional licenses and temporarily extend certain licenses for active duty personnel that were deployed when their licenses came due for renewal cleared two committees this week.
“The bill provides a clear process for professional license renewal when our active duty military personnel are deployed at the time of that renewal,” Pitts said. The bill will be heard on the House Floor on Monday, March 11th.
Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts also speaks to 4th Graders at Minglewood Elementary School
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) has introduced legislation to require those individuals under the age of 18 who are applying for a motorcycle operator’s license to complete a state approved training course prior to receiving their license.
This measure is the result of a recent study completed by the Tennessee Department of Safety, a bill also sponsored by Rep. Pitts in 2012, that shows motorcycle injuries and fatalities are up sharply in the state.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Troopers located a missing two-year old male on Wednesday afternoon after a statewide Amber Alert was issued earlier in the morning. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued the alert.
The juvenile, identified as Cael Whitehead, of Houston County, was recovered unharmed with Austin Whitehead, 23, of Covington, GA, on Interstate 24 eastbound at mile marker 153 in Marion County.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol would like to remind motorists to take extra traffic safety precautions as students return to school around the state. State Troopers will target traffic violators, specifically those who speed in school zones and pass stopped school buses, as well as raise awareness on school safety in Tennessee.
“Every motorist should exercise extreme caution and safely share the road with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists, especially around the school zones. Our goal is to protect children traveling to and from school and prosecute motorists who disregard the law. We are asking everyone to do their part in making this a safe school year,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.
Lowest Number of Traffic Deaths on Record during New Year’s Period
Nashville, TN – Preliminary reports indicate two people were killed during the New Year’s holiday weekend, compared with six fatalities during last year’s holiday period. Statistics for the 2011-2012 New Year’s holiday reflect the time period from 6:00pm, Friday, December 30th, 2011, to midnight Monday, January 2nd, 2012.
There were two fatal crashes during the 2011-2012 New Year’s holiday period. Both were single vehicle crashes, and both victims were not wearing safety restraints. Alcohol was a factor in one of the crashes. «Read the rest of this article»
Montgomery County, TN – State Senator Tim Barnes has announced that Montgomery County officials will hold an unveiling ceremony for the Joel Plummer Memorial highway on Friday, November 4th, commemorating the life of a public servant who made Montgomery County his home and his life.
Plummer was born in Montromery County where he lived his entire life. After serving in the U.S Navy during the Korean War, he returned home and was appointed deputy sheriff at the age of 22. Joel Plummer was eventually elected Sheriff of Montgomery County, was Montgomery County Trustee, Montgomery County Executive (now County Mayor) and was Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety from 1975-1979. «Read the rest of this article»
Protestors asked to leave Legislative Plaza Saturday Morning
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security early Saturday morning enforced a revised state policy that makes the Legislative Plaza, War Memorial Courtyard, and Capitol grounds areas closed to the public from 10:00pm until 6:00am daily.
The revised policy also states there shall be no overnight occupancy of the state properties. «Read the rest of this article»
Drunk Driving Will Not Be Tolerated
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol would like to encourage everyone to take extra precautions this weekend to ensure a safe and happy Halloween. State Troopers will be conducting safety checkpoints, sobriety roadblocks, saturation patrols and other enforcement techniques to look for aggressive or impaired drivers and ultimately save lives.
“Halloween should be a time for good family fun,” said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons. “However, children, their parents and all motorists must remember that safety comes first. We are urging all motorists to act responsibly, designate a sober driver and keep roadways safe for trick-or-treaters across Tennessee.” «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville city council is scheduled to vote on a controversial ordinance that would eliminate the limit on the number of liquor stores allowed withing the city limits. The controversial ordinance was presented to the Public Safety committee of the city council by Councilwoman Deanna McLaughlin.
Under her original proposal, which according to the ordinance hasn’t been amended since 1963, the new ordinance would have expanded the number of liquor stores permitted in the city to 20.
After discussion of the ordinance, the Public Safety Committee has recommended to the city council that they lift the limit entirely on the number of liquor stores allowed within the city limits.
This has a number of citizens upset, including local pastor and County Commissioner Tommy Vallejos. «Read the rest of this article»
A column by State Senator Roy Herron on the requirement that Tennessee residents display a state approved Photo ID before being allowed to cast their ballot in Tennessee elections.
When my 94-year-old mother Mary was born, women were not allowed to vote. But then Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment, and for seven decades Mother has voted faithfully. This year, my Republican colleagues in the legislature took away that right when they made it harder for her — and as many as 675,000 other Tennesseans — to continue to vote.
Ironically, legislators from the party that supposedly favors less government and more privacy passed a law requiring my mother to obtain a “big-government” photo identity card in order to vote. When the law goes into effect with the March 2012 presidential primary elections, poll workers will no longer accept her voter registration card as sufficient proof of identity. «Read the rest of this article»
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