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Drugged Driving Leading Cause of Road Deaths
AP Friday September 30, 2016

Drugged driving has overtaken drunken and distracted driving as a factor in Tennessee traffic fatalities.
Citing an analysis of Tennessee Highway Patrol data, The Tennessean reports the number of deaths from crashes with drug-impaired drivers leapt by 89 percent from 2010 to 2015.
Last year, 174 people died in crashes in which a driver either tested positive for drugs or an officer determined drugs contributed to the crash. For alcohol, the tally reached 136 deaths, while distracted driving was associated with 51 killed.
Experts have attributed the increase to a rising prevalence of prescription drug abuse. Officers are also now better trained to detect drug-impaired drivers.
Traffic fatalities in general are on the rise in Tennessee this year, but it is too early to tell how many are drug-related.

 


Pioneer Football
Jay Walker Friday September 30, 2016

After four straight home games, the Warren County Pioneers take to the road Friday night as they face the Oakland Patriots at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro.
Kickoff is at 7pm. The game will be broadcast live on 1230 and WCS-TV Channel 180.

 


Autumn Street Fair
Jay Walker Friday September 30, 2016

Organizers are making final preparations for the 2016 Autumn Street Fair, which will be held Saturday in downtown McMinnville.
The event will go from 9am-5pm and will feature many vendors all along Main Street. There will also be live entertainment on two stages and a live auction.
The Autumn Street Fair is organized by the Leadership McMinnville class.

 


One Airlifted After Crash
Jay Walker Thursday September 29, 2016

One person was injured Wednesday night in a three-vehicle crash on Shelbyville Road.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Halona Brooke Wanamaker was driving westbound in a 2008 Kia when she lost control while negotiating a curve and went into the oncoming lane of traffic. Her vehicle collided first with an eastbound 1988 Chevy Pickup, driven by Larry Smartt, and then collided with a 2011 Nissan, driven by Brandi Chrestman.
The pickup overturned, trapping Smartt inside. Smartt had to be extricated and was airlifted to Erlanger with severe injuries. No one else was injured.
Trooper Gary Myers said charges against Wanamaker for excessive speed and recklessness are pending.

 


Harwell Defends Worker
AP Thursday September 29, 2016

House Speaker Beth Harwell says a complaint filed against the House clerk is being brought by a lame-duck lawmaker who is angry about the expulsion of fellow Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham over a series of sexual harassment allegations.
Rep. Billy Spivey of Lewisburg, who abruptly decided against seeking re-election this spring, is calling for an investigation into Clerk Joe McCord for allegedly calling a staffer obscene names and making a lewd gesture toward her 2-year-old granddaughter while she was visiting the speaker's office.
Harwell in a statement noted that Spivey had opposed the public release of an investigation detailing allegations that Durham sexually harassed 22 women during his four years in office. Spivey didn't attend a special session in which Durham was expelled from the chamber.

 

 

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