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The SMHS Panthers improved to 7 and 0, 3 and 0 in Region play, with a 43-12 victory over the Pounders from Chattanooga Central Friday night. The Panthers, ranked 6th in the state in Class 4A in the latest AP Poll, closed out the home portion of their 2016 regular season schedule with the big win on Senior night. Next up for the Panthers will be a road trip to take on the Chiefs of Sequoyah High School of Friday, October 7th. Action is scheduled to begin at 6:30, pre-game coverage starts at 6:15 on Mix 99.3.
Cumberland County traveled to Hixson to take on the Wildcats. The Jets looking for their first victory of the season came up just short as they dropped a 20-13 decision. After three straight road games CCHS will now be at home three of the next four weeks. Friday, October 7th, the Jets host the Hurricanes of East Hamilton for homecoming. Game time is 6:30 and the live broadcast will air on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY beginning at 6:15.
Two multiple vehicle crashes on I-40 East in Putnam County injured at least four people and shut down portions of the interstate. The first wreck happened just before 1 a.m. Friday at mile marker 270 near Cookeville. Authorities say a motorist ran into the cable barriers which caused a chain-reaction accident involving five other cars. At least three were taken to the hospital. To make matters worse, while crews were working to clear the wreckage, traffic began to backup and that resulted in a second crash when a vehicle plowed into the back of a camper trailer at miler marker 273. Both of those vehicle caught fire and one driver was rushed to the hospital with head injuries. The two wrecks tied up the eastbound lanes of I-40 for about 8 hours. TDOT Smartway showed that traffic was flowing normally by 8:30 a.m., however, motorists should still use caution in the area.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says that a shooter has been targeting vehicles on I-81 in Hamblen and Jefferson Counties. WVLT reports that the first shooting reported happened Friday, September 9 at about 10:50 p.m. A commercial vehicle was going north on I-81 near mile marker 17 when a small car drove by. The driver of the commercial vehicle described seeing a bright flash in the passing car. THP responded and neither the trooper nor the driver could find a bullet hole. The next report of a shooting came occurred on Sunday, September 18 between 11:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. when someone shot at an armored vehicle between mile markers 4 and 20. A bullet hole was later found on the passenger side of the cab. According to WVLT, the last incident happened on Tuesday, September 27 at about 9 p.m. A bullet went through the windshield of a car that had a family inside. They were going north on I-81 at about mile marker 10.5. The driver of the last incident noticed a silver Toyota Camry that passed their car before the incident. The driver reported that the Camry had only one headlight. If anyone has any information about what happened, they are asked to call the THP Criminal Investigation Division at 423-426-6571 or Detective Lieutenant David Stapleton with the Hamblen County Sheriff's Department at 423-586-3781.
Drugged driving has overtaken drunken and distracted driving as a factor in Tennessee traffic fatalities.
Citing an analysis of Tennessee Highway Patrol data, The Tennessean reports the number of deaths from crashes with drug-impaired drivers leapt by 89 percent from 2010 to 2015.
Last year, 174 people died in crashes in which a driver either tested positive for drugs or an officer determined drugs contributed to the crash. For alcohol, the tally reached 136 deaths, while distracted driving was associated with 51 killed.
Experts have attributed the increase to a rising prevalence of prescription drug abuse. Officers are also now better trained to detect drug-impaired drivers.
Traffic fatalities in general are on the rise in Tennessee this year, but it is too early to tell how many are drug-related.
House Speaker Beth Harwell says a complaint filed against the House clerk is being brought by a lame-duck lawmaker who is angry about the expulsion of fellow Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham over a series of sexual harassment allegations.
Rep. Billy Spivey of Lewisburg, who abruptly decided against seeking re-election this spring, is calling for an investigation into Clerk Joe McCord for allegedly calling a staffer obscene names and making a lewd gesture toward her 2-year-old granddaughter while she was visiting the speaker's office.
Harwell in a statement noted that Spivey had opposed the public release of an investigation detailing allegations that Durham sexually harassed 22 women during his four years in office. Spivey didn't attend a special session in which Durham was expelled from the chamber.