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1,451 Tennesseans Die from Drug Overdoses in 2015
Peg Broadcasting News/ Tuesday November 15, 2016

Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,451 people died from drug overdoses in the state in 2015. This is the highest annual number of overdose deaths recorded in state history and brings the five-year total for Tennessee to 6,036 lives lost.

In 2015, the overdose death rate was 22 per 100,000 people. This compares with a rate of 14.7 per 100,000 people who died in motor vehicle accidents, as 970 Tennesseans died last year on the states roadways.

In Putnam County 15 people died last year from drug overdoses. In Rhea County there were 22 drug overdose deaths. Officials did not release the numbers from Cumberland and several neighboring counties with less than one dozen overdose deaths in an effort to protect the identities of victims.

There were 62 counties in Tennessee in 2015 that had five or more overdose deaths. There were eight counties where no drug overdose deaths were documented: Haywood, Lake, Lauderdale, Perry, Pickett, Trousdale and Van Buren.

For 2015, Shelby County had the highest number of deaths from drug overdoses at 188.


GSMNP issues ban on all campfires, open grills
WVLT Tuesday November 15, 2016

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have issued a ban on all campfires and fire grills throughout the park due to the continued dry conditions and wildfires in the region.

Park leaders have implemented the ban to reduce the risk of escaped fires. The restriction will be in place until further notice.

The ban applies to all campfires and grills in the park, including frontcountry and backcountry campsites and picnic areas. The use of wood or charcoal fires is not permitted. At this time campers may continue to use gas camp stoves at designated campsites in the park.

Park leaders are also reminding visitors to extinguish all cigarettes, cigars and pipes and to dispose of them in appropriate containers.


Power Outages in Crossville This Morning
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday November 15, 2016

Getting reports of a power outage in the City of Crossville. Numerous traffic lights out on Main Street and several businesses without power. VEC Outage Map reports more than 660 customers are without power in Cumberland County and electricity should be restored around 10 o'clock this morning. Wherever a traffic light is out, motorists should treat it as a 4-way stop.


Farmers Urged to Keep Record of Time and Expenses
USDA Tuesday November 15, 2016

(Crossville, TN; November 15, 2016): Denesa Jolley, County Executive Director of the Cumberland/Bledsoe County Farm Service Agency urges drought affected livestock producers to keep record of their time and expenses in providing emergency water sources for their livestock herds. The County Committee has requested approval from the Tennessee State FSA Committee to implement the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) in order to provide cost-share assistance to affected producers. Jolley explained that if this request is approved, news releases will be sent to local radio stations and newspapers.


Haslam Issues Regional Ban on Burning
Peg Broadcasting News/ Tuesday November 15, 2016

You wont be allowed to burn those leaves until at least mid December. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has issued a proclamation declaring a regional ban on burning in 51 counties in response to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires throughout Middle and East Tennessee. The ban includes Cumberland and all its surrounding counties.

Effective immediately, residents in counties covered by the regional ban are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning. The ban includes campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris. The ban will remain in effect until December 15.

Currently the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) Division of Forestry is fighting 67 wildfires across nearly 16,000 acres in the Cumberland and East Tennessee districts.

A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months, 29 days in jail.

Daily updates on the wildfire situation, active burn bans and tips to protect your home and property can be found at Burn Safe TN.

Counties under a regional burn ban: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, Dekalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Macon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Trousdale, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, White.


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