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The Tennessee Highway Patrol says their Smartway system saves lives and taxpayer money. The system, which has been in use since 2003, gives real time traffic information to four stations throughout the state. Where TDOT used to rely on police or other drivers to call in about accidents, Smartway provides real time information through hundreds of cameras has changed that operation, alerting officials everything from drivers who run out of gas to debris on the road. Tennessee was one of the first states to use the Smartway system and now other states are following suit.
A quarantine for an invasive insect that destroys ash trees has been expanded to include more Tennessee counties. Bradley, McMinn, Meigs and Polk Counties will now join Fentress, Macon, Morgan, Overton, Pickett and Rhea Counties on the list of areas restricted for the movement of ash trees and ash tree products because of the possible presence of the Emerald Ash Borer. EAB is a destructive forest pest that was introduced from Asia into the United States in the 1990s. Over the past decade, it has spread to 24 states and parts of Canada. It was first detected in Tennessee in 2010. Cumberland County has not been added to this list
Friday night the Stone Memorial High School Panthers traveled to Smithville to take on the Tigers of DeKalb County High School and posted a 35-17 win. In the game heard on Mix 99.3, the home team raced to a 10-0 lead before Stone Memorial scored 28 straight points and went on to even their record at 1 and 1 this season. Justin Johnson ran for three scores and Austin Helton added two touchdown runs for the Panthers.
Cumberland County played host to Scott High and the Highlanders posted a 35-0 win over the Jets Friday night. CCHS games air live on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY. Cumberland County drops to 0 and 2 on the season while the Highlanders improve to 2 and 0.
Friday, September 5th, the Jets play the Panthers at Stone Memorial in a District game. It will be the eighth meeting between the teams; SMHS has won five of the first seven games, including the last three in a row. Kick-off is set for 7:00 at SMHS.
Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation say a woman was shot and killed in Sparta Thursday night. According to reports, police responded to the Knollcrest Manor Apartments after receiving a 911 call around 10:30 in the evening. The victimís identity has not been released at this time. Investigators are not releasing information about a possible suspect or suspects; however officials with the Sparta Police Department say they believe the shooting to be an isolated event.
A Cumberland County School bus was struck on Thursday afternoon. According to reports, the bus was carrying children home when it was struck from behind on Wayne Avenue. Officials say the accident was very minor and there were no injuries reported. This is the 3rd accident involving a Cumberland County school bus since classes resumed on August 5th.