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Law enforcement across Cumberland County is on the lookout for a suspicious white van that has been seen several times following people. According to Local 8 Now, Cumberland County Community Resource Officer, Gary Howard, said the van has been spotted several times throughout the county following people and driving suspiciously. On one occasion, a boy was walking home and the van was reported to have driven past the boy several times. On another occasion, a white van pulled up to a local business, a man got out and started asking a woman several personal questions before finally driving away. Howard said the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and Crossville Police are on the lookout for a white van and are fully aware that residents of the county are nervous about whoever is driving it. He said that even though they are looking for the van, whoever is driving it hasn't committed a crime yet. "We are at this time, however, advising all of our officers, whether they be city of county, to be on the lookout for this van to be able to identify it and its occupants and to be able to establish intent with what's going on with it," Howard said. Howard added that this is a good reminder for people to never walk alone, always pay attention to your surroundings, and if you ever see anything suspicious to immediately call 9-11.
Tennessee revenue collections exceeded budgeted expectations in May. Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin reported today that overall May revenues were $974.1 million, which is $50.5 million more than the state budgeted. May sales tax collections reflect business activity that occurred in April.
New forms of technology launched by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security have resulted in improved customer service and reduced wait times inside the state’s driver services centers. Recently launched online driver services may eliminate the need to visit a driver services center all together.
Earlier this year, the Driver Services Division updated its driver license system used by examiners and other employees to issue, suspend, and revoke driver licenses, and issue identification cards and handgun carry permits. This new, internal system replaced a 30-year-old antiquated system. The new “A-List” system, as it is called, streamlined procedures for employees, but it also improved and increased the state’s online driver license services available to customers over the internet.
In addition to renewing or replacing driver licenses, citizens may now visit www.tn.gov/safety to:
• Pay reinstatement fees and obtain reissued driver licenses after reinstatement, if eligible;
• Schedule road skills tests (while prohibiting duplicate appointments scheduled by the same person, which has increased wait times in the past);
• Receive electronic communications from the department via e-mail; and
• Start the driver license application online before visiting a driver services center (for citizens who have relocated to Tennessee).
One new feature available through online driver services is designed to assist citizens in the case of an emergency. Citizens may submit emergency contact information online that will be added to the driver license data base. That information may be obtained by law enforcement if the individual is involved in an accident or emergency and is unable to communicate with first responders. The state’s online driver services may be accessed by visiting www.tn.gov/safety.
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Coach Watson Brown will provide opening remarks at a public education forum for aging services in Tennessee. The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD)—in partnership with Upper Cumberland Development District Area Agency on Aging—presents a free educational event: Tennessee for a Lifetime. Topics will include: Aging in Place, TBI Scam and Fraud Defense, Medicare, Nursing Homes/Assisted Living, The Basics of a Healthy Diet, and Social Security. Representatives from a variety of different organizations will be available to help answer questions or concerns regarding services such as Medicare, Social Security, and Veterans Services. Tennessee for a Lifetime will take place in the Whitson-Hester Nursing Building on the campus of Tennessee Tech University on July 25, 2015; doors open at 7:30am, and the program runs from 8:30am to noon. This event is free and open to the public, and a light, healthy breakfast will be provided. Participants are encouraged to register either online at www.tn4lifetime.org or by calling Jennifer Birdwell at 931-476-4164.
Two 101st Airborne Division soldiers are being given back equipment that's believed to have saved their lives in Afghanistan. The military says ceremonies are set at the post Thursday for Staff Sgt. Joseph Mata of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, and 1st Lt. Sean Johnson of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment. Fort Campbell, located on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line, says Mata's helmet protected him when an explosive device threw his vehicle nearly 15 feet in September 2010. The post says Johnson was wearing body armor with a side armor plate that stopped shrapnel from entering his abdomen when a roadside bomb detonated during a June 2013 foot patrol. Program Executive Office Soldier, the organization in Virginia that develops body armor and other equipment, had collected the battle-damaged pieces for analysis.