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State prison officials say they are keeping a controversial shift schedule that critics have blamed for understaffing and violence.
Correction Department spokeswoman Neysa Taylor says the 28-day schedule won’t change, although facilities may now use 12-hour shifts or 8.5-hours shifts, depending on their needs.
Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield in October told the Senate Corrections Subcommittee the department would survey workers about schedule preferences after an audit recommended changing to a 14-day schedule with 12-hour shifts.
The Correction Department requested the audit following a public outcry over violence that workers blamed on understaffing tied to the 28-day schedule. Previously correction officers worked regular seven-day, 40-hour weeks.
The 28-day schedule was intended to control costs by reducing overtime, but an auditor said it was leading to low morale, stress and turnover.
NASHVILLE— An infestation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has inched further across the state.
Officials have detected EAB in the Kimball area of Marion County, prompting a county-wide quarantine prohibiting the movement of ash trees and ash tree products. This quarantine has now reached 48 counties in Tennessee. EAB is a destructive forest pest that was introduced from Asia into the United States in the 1990s. It was first detected in Tennessee in July 2010. EAB beetles can kill an ash tree within three years of the initial infestation.
The insects are transported mainly by humans through infected ash nursery stock, firewood, unprocessed saw logs, and other ash products.
Citizens should report any symptomatic ash trees to TDA and follow these simple rules:
• Don’t transport firewood, even within the state.
• Use firewood from local sources near where it will be burned.
• If you purchase firewood, make sure that it is labeled and certified to be pest free.
• Watch for signs of infestation in your ash trees.
Visit www.tn.gov/agriculture/topic/ag-businesses-eab for a symptoms checklist and a map of quarantined counties.
Marion County is approximately 71 miles southeast of Cumberland County and adjacent to Hamilton County.
TDA’s Division of Forestry estimates that there are 261 million ash trees on public and private land in Tennessee, potentially valued as high as $9 billion.
For more information about EAB and other destructive forest pests, as well as tips for infestation prevention, visit www.protecttnforests.org.
SELMER, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol says two people are dead after a vehicle drove through a barricade at the Rockabilly Highway Revival Festival in Selmer, Tennessee.
Lt. Brad Wilbanks said in an email that one person was also airlifted to a local hospital.
No other details were given about the crash or the victims.
A post on the festival’s Facebook page says there will be a community-wide prayer meeting Saturday evening.
Selmer is about 40 miles south of Jackson.
COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. (AP)-- Officials say a small plane has crashed in Tennessee, killing two passengers and injuring two others.
Amy Maxwell, a spokesman for Hamilton County Emergency Services, said a single-engine plane crashed around 12:50 p.m. at the Collegedale airport. Collegedale is a city about 20 miles east of Chattanooga.
She said all four victims were on the plane, and the two survivors were airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center.
Tonya Sadler, a spokeswoman for the Collegedale Police, said at least one of the victims was in critical condition and headed into surgery. Sadler said the plane was coming into the Collegedale airport when it crashed. She said she did not if anyone else outside the plane was injured or if there was property damaged in the crash.
A Lousiville man attending the Bonnaroo Music Festival was killed early Saturday morning while attempting to cross I-24. According to the THP, 22-year-old Casey Young was on foot when he ran into the side of a moving tractor-trailer near the Manchester exit. Young was then struck by a Jeep. The accident happened around 1 a.m., and while Young had not identification on his person, investigators were able to use his Bonnaroo bracelet to find identify him. The incident shut down the east bound lanes of I-24 for about two hours. The interstate was reopened by 3 a.m.