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Crossville Police Department Says Thumbs Down to Texting & Driving

Crossville Police Department Says Thumbs Down to Texting & Driving
Submitted: LT. Brian Eckelson, Crimestoppers Coordinator/Public Information Officer Thursday April 14, 2016

The Crossville Police Department will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to promote the second annual Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving campaign during the month of April. April is nationally recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Agencies participate in the campaign by providing information and increasing awareness in their communities about the dangers of distracted driving.

Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving. This is a recipe for a crash, and thats a scary thought. No one has the right to put another persons life at risk like that, said Rodney Shoap, Chief of Police.

Texting and driving in Tennessee can result in a $50 fine for a driver of any age. For young drivers who have Learners Permits or Intermediate Restricted licenses, cell phone use of any kind while driving is illegal.

Preliminary data reveals that in 2015, Tennessee experienced its highest number of known distracted driving crashes at 22,964. These crashes resulted in the death of 51 people. Each day, twenty-five individuals on average are injured in a crash caused by a distracted driver. Nearly twelve percent of all crashes in Tennessee last year were caused by someone who was driving distracted.

Crashes caused by distracted drivers have more than doubled in the last decade, said Tennessee Highway Safety Office Public Information Officer Amanda Brown. Each day, nearly sixty-three people in Tennessee are distracted by something in their vehicle, whether it is a phone, food, the radio, or something else, and they hit someone. We all have to start taking responsibility for our actions and make the choice to focus on one thing the road.

For more information about the Thumbs Down campaign or to learn more about texting and driving, visit


Cumb. Co. Rabies Clinics This Weekend
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday April 14, 2016

Rabies is on the rise in Tennessee with five confirmed cases in domestic cats and dogs so far in 2016. According to state law, all dogs and cats 6 months of age or older must be administered the rabies vaccine be given by or under the supervision of a veterinarian. Area veterinarians in a coordinated effort with the Cumberland County Health Department will be hosting rabies vaccination clinics in Cumberland County on April 15 and April 16. Homestead Animal Medical Clinic will hold its Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Friday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to Noon. Rabies Vaccination clinics will also be held on Saturday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to Noon at Best Friends Veterinary Hospital, Highland Veterinary Clinic, Plateau Animal Hospital, Upper Cumberland Veterinary Clinic and Village Veterinary Clinic. Keep your family safe and comply with the law by getting your pet vaccinated.


Election Commission Approves Recall Petitions for City Council Members Harris and Wyatt
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday April 14, 2016

The Cumberland County Election Commission on Tuesday approved recall petitions of city council members Mayor Pro-Tem Pamala Harris and Danny Wyatt. In order for a recall vote to appear on the County General ballot in August, 33 percent of registered voters in the City must sign the petitions by May 6th. For the recall referendum to appear on the November ballot, those signatures must be obtained by June 8th. According to the City charter, if 66 percent of the registered voters who vote on the question at a recall election vote "Yes", the incumbent shall be deemed recalled and removed from office. Wyatt was re-elected to the council in 2014, while Harris gained her seat by edging out incumbent George Marlow in 2014.


Mock DUIs at SMHS and CCHS
Submitted: Ruth Lucas Wednesday April 13, 2016

In an effort to teach teenagers about the dangers of drinking and driving both Cumberland County High Schools will be participating in Mock DUIs. Stone Memorial's event will be this Friday, April 15 with the actual wreck scene and emergency vehicles set up around 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot at SMHS.

The Cumberland County High School Mock DUI will be Wednesday, April 20, on Stanley Street in front of the school, also around 10:30 a.m.

These exercises are an effort to educate students attending the proms about the dangers and risks involved in driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol at any time and especially before/during/after the prom.


Property Evaluation Program
Wednesday April 13, 2016

White and Van Buren Counties have been chosen by the state to participate in the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development administers the program.
The purpose of the program is to improve the inventory of industrial sites and buildings in Tennessee by evaluating potential properties, advising counties on where investments may be the most beneficial and what is needed to address issues.
Selection was based on demonstrated local need for industrial properties and also on the county's ability to assemble viable properties with market potential.


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