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TDOT Halts Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways During Thanksgiving Holiday
TDOT Tuesday November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday. TDOT will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 27, 2017. While all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones. Long-term lane closures will also remain in place on some construction projects for motorists? safety. Motorists are reminded to drive safely and obey the posted speeds, especially in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.

 


TWRA finds 24-inch long alligator outside of Cookeville
WVLT Tuesday November 21, 2017

On Saturday, November 18, TWRA posted a picture of an alligator found by one of their officers at the Boils WMA near Cookeville, Tenn. It was 24 inches long. TWRA reported that a Jackson County TWRA officer was taken away from normal duties to attend to an alligator illegally left at the Boila WMA. Officials believe someone was going to dump the alligator in the water, but was interrupted and left the animal in a cooler. According to TWRA, the alligator would not survive the cold waters in the area.

 


Two Tornadoes Touched Down In Middle TN, Power Knocked Out in East TN
Peg Broadcasting News Monday November 20, 2017

The National Weather service has confirmed that two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in middle Tennessee on Saturday night. The first twister hit Joelton and the second near Percy Priest Lake with both packing winds of 100 to 105 miles per hour. Officials plan to tour Trousdale and Smith Counties on Monday. The winds broke limbs and toppled trees and power lines in Cumberland and surrounding counties and VEC crews worked through the night and into Sunday morning to restore electricity. And thousands were left in the dark in east Tennessee as trees were uprooted during Saturday?s storms which drenched Neyland Stadium during the Vols game with LSU.

 


October Revenues
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Monday November 20, 2017

Tennessee revenues for October exceeded revenues from the same month a year ago, but were marginally less than the budgeted estimate. Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin reported today that October revenues were $1.0 billion, which is $31.1 million more than October of last year and $1.3 million less than the budgeted estimate. The growth rate for October was 3.16%.

 


More Travelers Predicted for Thanksgiving
AAA/Peg Broadcasting News Monday November 20, 2017

Millions more people plan on spending Thanksgiving out of town this year, according to AAA. Most people, 89-percent of travelers, will take a road trip. AAA says those road trips will cost more than last year. Gas prices for this holiday week are the highest since 2014. AAA projects 1.16 million Tennesseans will travel 50 miles or more; an increase of 3.2% over last year. AAA says more people are traveling because of low unemployment rates, increases in home values and a healthy stock market, to name a few.

 

 
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