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Traffic Fatalities Down So Far In Cumberland County, Up For State
TN Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security/Peg Broadcasting News Monday September 18, 2017

Traffic-related deaths in Cumberland County are down for the year-to-date but statewide, Tennessee roadways are deadlier than last year. According to a report released by the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, 716 have died so far in traffic-related incidents, compared with 713 for the same period last year. Cumberland County traffic fatalities are now at 6 for the year, which is 4 less than the 10 traffic related deaths reported by this time in 2016. And statewide, so far, for the month of September, Tennessee has recorded 14 fewer traffic deaths at 34 than in September 2016, when 48 people had died during the same time span. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is asking all motorists to do their part to reduce traffic fatalities by slowing down, buckling up and not driving while distracted or intoxicated.


Gas Prices
Monday September 18, 2017

Gasoline availability continues to improve after Hurricane Irma drove up demand and left many gas stations without fuel. A steady stream of ships delivering gasoline to Florida's ports are helping to normalize supply levels in the southern U.S. and gas prices are beginning to drift a little lower.

Last week, gasoline hit the highest price in three years.

AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins gas prices are poised to plummet 30 cents, but it will not happen overnight, as pump prices decline much slower than they rise.
Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.57 Sunday after topping out at $2.60 last Thursday. The state average is 51 cents higher than this time last year.

The national average price of gasoline is $2.62.


Deer Archery Season Opens Saturday
Monday September 18, 2017

The 2017 deer archery-only hunting season opens statewide in Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 23. The archery season dates in all five of the state's deer hunting units are the same. The dates are Sept. 23-Oct. 27 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3.

The TWRA makes the recommendation that all archery hunters obtain a 2017-18 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide lists the counties and bag limits for each of the different deer management units. The guides are available where hunting and fishing licenses are sold and on the TWRA website,

Hunters are reminded that they must possess the appropriate licenses and permits. Any hunter born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 is required to carry proof of satisfactory completion of a hunter education class or be in possession of the Apprentice Hunting License (along with other required licenses), while hunting any species in Tennessee.


Residents of Rhea and McMinn County Charged with TennCare Fraud Broadcasting News Monday September 18, 2017

Residents of Rhea and McMinn County are charged with TennCare fraud. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Robin Deann Martz, 37, of Athens and Johnny Sizemore, Jr., 23 of Dayton. The arrests bring the total number of people arrested for TennCare fraud to 2,900 since the OIG began investigating and pursuing this criminal activity.

Robin Deann Martz, also known as Robin Eaves is charged with three counts of TennCare fraud by doctor shopping, which involves going to multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain prescription drugs. She?s accused of using TennCare to doctor shop for the painkillers Morphine, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.

In a separate arrest in Rhea County, Johnny Sizemore is charged in connection with using his brother?s TennCare benefits to obtain medical treatment.

TennCare fraud is a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison.


Highway Safety Office Promotes National Child Passenger Safety Week
THSO/Peg Broadcasting News Monday September 18, 2017

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is promoting National Child Passenger Safety Week to educate parents and caregivers on proper methods to secure and protect child passengers. Today through September,23, 2017, fitting stations across Tennessee will host car seat checks and outreach events to spread awareness and increase education throughout local communities.

Area Fitting Station events:

Monday, September 18
--Putnam County EMS - 5 pm to 7 pm, Park View Elementary, 545 Scott Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501

Thursday, September 21
--Safe Journey - 9:30 am to 11:30 am, Clarkrange Head Start, 1399 Franklin Loop, Clarkrange, TN 38553

--Safe Journey - 1 pm to 3 pm, Jamestown Head Start, 1201 6th Ave., Jamestown, TN 38556

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three car seats are misused. Every 33 seconds in 2015, a child under 13 was involved in a crash. According to the NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children, and fatalities are on the rise. Additionally, 2015 data provided by the NHTSA showed that approximately 25.8 percent of children ages four to seven, who should be riding in booster seats, were prematurely moved to seat belts. 11.6 percent were unbuckled altogether.

The THSO reminds parents and caregivers to always register car seats and booster seats with the car seat manufacturer to receive notifications in the event of a recall.


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