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TWRA Reports No Boating-Related Fatalities Over Long July 4 Holiday Weekend
TWRA/ Monday July 10, 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reported there were no boating-related fatalities over the 2017 Independence Day holiday period from June 30 through July 4.

This year?s holiday period was extended with July 4 falling on a Tuesday. More than 10,700 boats were inspected during the five days. TWRA boating officers made 20 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests. Officers issued 353 citations, and 303 warnings. They also assisted 483 boaters.

There were five accidents that were investigated with four injuries, two of which were Ocoee River whitewater incidents.

This year, Operation Dry Water (ODW) was held for three days during the holiday period. ODW is a national weekend BUI awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities. Thirteen of the BUI arrests came during the three days.

The TWRA Boating and Law Enforcement Division compiled this year?s holiday statistics after receiving reports from the agency?s four regions. The July 4 holiday is considered the peak of boating season.


UPDATE: Body of 73-year-old woman missing at Cummins Falls recovered
WVLT Saturday July 8, 2017

The body of 73-year-old Peggy McDaniel has been found after she was swept away by flash flooding in Cummins Falls near Cookeville Wednesday night.

Storms caused several rivers and lakes in the area to quickly rise.The water rose three feet within three minutes.

Crews from White County, Smith County and Jackson County worked to rescue the 35 to 40 people stranded Wednesday, including 27 around the falls area, three in the middle of water on a small island and 10 downstream.

Everyone was rescued except for a 73-year-old woman. The search for the woman was called off at nightfall Wednesday, but it resumed Thursday morning.

WTVF in Nashville reports that on Friday evening, Peggy McDaniel's body was recovered.

Crews also found the body of another woman at Cummins Falls Sate Park on Thursday. She was identified as 45-year-old Lisa Michelle Tufts-Hillian and her family says she went to the park to help look for McDaniel. The investigation into Tuft-HIllians death is ongoing, however, family members say an investigator told them that she slipped and fell into the water where she drowned.


The 2017 Upper Cumberland Senior Brain Games competition will be held on August 2nd
UCDD Friday July 7, 2017

The 5th Annual Upper Cumberland Senior Brain Games will be held August, 2, 2017 at the South Fentress Elementary School beginning at 1:00PM. Senior Centers from the Upper Cumberland will be competing in a trivia style competition. The winner will compete at the regional level. The regional winner will compete against West and East Tennessee at the state finals in September. The public is welcome to come out and support the Brain Games.


Nearly 70,000 Public School Students Eligible for Second Statewide ACT Retake Day Broadcasting News Friday July 7, 2017

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced Thursday that the state is expanding its ACT Senior Retake Day to all Tennessee public high school students in the class of 2018, totaling nearly 70,000 students. In addition, the department is making it easier for public school seniors to retake the ACT this fall by offering this second opportunity during the school day in students' own schools.

These changes will give all students equal access to take advantage of the opportunity. Unlike in the past, students do not need to sign up to retake the test ? it will automatically be provided. School districts have been empowered to choose the testing date that is best for their students and causes the least disruption for those not taking the exam. Districts may offer the retake on Oct. 3, Oct. 17, or on both days.


PUTNAM COUNTY, I-40 bridge repair over SR-24 in Monterey
TDOT Friday July 7, 2017

I-40 motorist could encounter delays in Putnam County. On Sunday night, July 9th thru Monday night, July 10th, the contractor will begin adjusting the barrier rail on I-40 over State Route 24 in Monterey in the eastbound lanes to begin Phase 2 bridge repairs. This work will be performed from 8:00PM until 6:00AM. The travel lanes will be split out to two (2) single 11 foot wide lanes, which will restrict oversize commercial vehicles. Oversize loads wider than 11 feet must use Exit 300 and Exit 301 in Monterey, Tennessee to continue eastbound. The westbound lanes are currently split out to two (2) single 11 foot wide lanes as work is being performed on the bridge deck repairs. Oversize loads wider than 11 feet heading westbound must use Exit 301 and 300 to continue westbound. The posted speed limit on I-40 has been reduced to 55 MPH through the construction zone for the safety of the motoring public. All motorists will use the exterior lanes of travel as work is performed on the middle span of the bridge. THP will assist during this time.


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