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Tennessee officials say fewer teenagers and pre-teens in the state are binge drinking.
The state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services says the decreases follow a five-year effort to heighten awareness about the dangers of having five or more drinks on one occasion.
The agency says that between 2009 and 2013, binge drinking rates for teens ages 14 to 17 dropped nearly 16 percent. Among those ages 18 to 25, that drop was 5 percent.
Other findings include a 25 percent drop in alcohol-related arrests among young people, a 24 percent reduction in juvenile drunken driving arrests and a 14 percent decrease in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
A McMinnville resident is facing charges in DeKalb County in connection with the discovery of a meth lab. 40 year old Shawn Renee Gibson of Frances Ferry Road was arrested along with two others after a DeKalb County Sheriff's deputy discovered the lab at a home near Smithville.
Also arrested were 29 year old Brandon Keith Thomas and his mother, 54 year old Sharon Thomas, both of Smithville.
Authorities say Brandon Thomas and Shawn Gibson were inside the house when the deputy arrived. Thomas reportedly tried to run but was apprehended by the deputy. A search of the house reportedly turned up numerous meth lab components
The Warren County Lady Pioneer golf team won the Region championship Monday in competition at Harrison Bay State Park. Hannah Powell was low medalist for the tournament.
For the boys' team, Bracton Womack qualified for the state tournament.
The Tennessee state golf tournament begins next Tuesday at Willowbrook Golf Course in Coffee County.
The WCMS Pioneers will host Coffee County Tuesday in their traditional mid-day game at Nunley Stadium. Kickoff is at 12:30pm. The two teams play each other every year at the noon hour in front of the home team's student body.
In other sports: the WCHS Lady Pioneer soccer team takes on Cookeville Tuesday evening at 7pm at Cookeville.
The Lady Pioneer volleyball team will host White County at 6pm.
Motorists continue to enjoy a discount at the pump as gas prices fall to their lowest point since February. Nationally, the price of gas fell 6 cents in the past week, marking a seven-week decline in gasoline prices.
AAA spokesman Josh Carrasco said last week refineries switched from producing summer blend to winter-blend fuel. He said winter-blend gas is cheaper to produce because it does not require the additives necessary in summer-blend. Also, in the U.S. we continue benefiting from historic domestic oil production.
The current national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.34, six cents less than a week ago and 10 cents cheaper than a month ago. Prices fell 4 cents this week in Tennessee, to $3.14 a gallon.