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The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a 2 sobriety roadside safety checkpoints in Cumberland County on Tuesday, July 22nd. The first will be on Highway 70 at Deep Draw Road on from 6-7pm, the second at Highway 68 and Alloway Road from 9-11. Troopers will be evaluating drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, The THP recognizes that these checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving
Victims of last year’s fungal meningitis outbreak are being interviewed by FBI agents from Massachusetts. The victims all received steroid shots that were made by the New England Compounding Center. Agents are reportedly seeking information that will determine whether criminal case will be filed. In total, 751 people became ill and 64 died due to the tainted shots. Tennessee was second hardest hit state, with 153 patients becoming ill 16 deaths reported.
Health advocates in Tennessee say they are disappointed by TennCare's response to federal officials about problems with the state's Medicaid application system. TennCare officials released a strongly worded response to federal officials saying Tennessee has failed to meet all but one of seven requirements to get a new eligibility system up and running under the Affordable Care Act. Officials with the Tennessee Justice Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Health Law Program say they are closely monitoring TennCare's response to the federal government and have indicated they may sue TennCare if the agency does not pledge to fix what they say are longstanding problems.
A former Grundy County Sheriff's Department captain is accused of stealing handguns from the department's evidence room. TBI Special Agents say they began investigating 33 year old Deke Matthew Stone of Altamont last August. During the investigation, agents found that Stone took three handguns from the Grundy County Sheriff's evidence room in June of last year. Stone left his job with the department before the TBI case began. He has been charged with one count of official misconduct and one count of theft over $1,000. Stone turned himself in to TBI Agents at the Grundy County Jail Wednesday, where he was released after posting bond.
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Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation say funds from the Highway Trust Fund, which makes up half of their budget, are dwindling fast. Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend funding through May, but TDOT officials say they are still preparing for the possibility of a depleted fund—and that could impact us here in Cumberland County. Officials say the widening of Peavine Road could be stalled along with the I-40 truck ramp expansion, pending funding. Officials say current construction projects will continue, as they are already funded.