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Over 646,000 Tennesseans are expected to travel over 50 miles over Labor Day weekend this year, which would make the most for the holiday weekend in 6 years. According to AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins, “Gas prices are down and consumer spending is up, which should help generate the most travelers for the Labor Day since… 2008.” According to AAA, the national per-gallon average of regular unleaded gas is just over $3.43, compared with $3.53 a year ago.
A Roane County man was injured and charged with DUI after his truck got stuck on the train tracks and was hit by an oncoming train early this morning. 24 year old Jacob L. Murray ran off the road in his 1997 Chevy 1500 and became stuck in a ditch. He managed to get himself out of the ditch, but got stuck on the tracks, and the Norfolk Southern train came through before he could get unstuck. Murray was taken to Roane Medical Center and is now facing a quantity of charges including DUI first offense, driver’s license violation, failure to exercise due care, and the list continues.
Enrollment for the Tennessee Promise college fund has been open less than a week, but is proving to be a success. More than 800 students have already signed up for the program which gives the opportunity for every graduating senior in Tennessee to attend community or technical college for free. The scholarship is available to all graduating high school seniors, beginning with the class of 2015. Funds will allow students to attend any of the state's 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology or other eligible institution offering an associate's degree program for free. Applications are available online at Tnpromise.gov. Deadline to enroll in the program is November 1st.
Officials with State Senator Jim Tracy's campaign say they will make a decision by the end of the week about challenging the results in the 4th District Republican Congressional Primary that shows incumbent Scott DesJarlais with a 38-vote lead. Still in question is the late night vote total in Grundy County, which came in heavily for DesJarlais. Officials with the Secretary of State's office say at least part of Grundy County's late totals are for a separate race, where a large number of write-in ballots had to be hand counted. The results of the race must be certified by the 25th.
Another Cumberland County school bus has been involved in an accident. According to officials, a bus travelling in the Holiday Hills area Tuesday afternoon came in contact with the mirror of a truck driving in the opposite direction. The bus was carrying children home from school at the time of the incident. Damage was very minor and there were no injuries.