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A student at Linden Elementary School died Tuesday afternoon after being found unresponsive on his bus ride home. The student's name and age has not been released at this time, but Oak Ridge School officials say he was a "Lion through and through." Circumstances around the boy's death are still being determined. School officials say they will provide grief counselors at the school Wednesday to help students, parents and friends deal with their thoughts and feelings about the loss.
State officials are giving Tennessee residents an online option to access driving records. The Department of Safety and Homeland Security has launched an online service that allows people to download or print copies of their official driving records by going to www.tn.gov/safety. Officials hope the online option will reduce the wait time at driver service centers. A two dollar convenience fee will be assessed to each online transaction, in addition to the five dollar state fee set by the Tennessee General Assembly for a copy of a driver record.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will be taking part in the Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive toward Zero Fatalities. The traffic enforcement campaign will run through the Thanksgiving holiday period. The challenge was issued to seven other state police or highway patrol agencies of increased patrols along the I-40 corridor to help achieve the safest possible holiday travel. Each agency has been asked to assign a state trooper every 20 miles of I-40 from noon to midnight on Wednesday and from 9am to 9pm on Sunday. There were zero traffic fatalities on Tennessee's Interstate 40 during last year's 102-hour Thanksgiving period. However, eight people were killed in vehicular crashes across the state during that same time period in 2012. Three of the fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes, while two of those killed were not wearing seat belts.
A Crossville manís computer files have been wiped out following a phone call from a man claiming to be with Microsoft. According to reports, the victim stated that he was called by a man with a foreign accent who claimed that he was with the computer giant, and provided a computer ID number for verification. The victim was told that Microsoft had been receiving error messages from the manís computer, and gave the suspect his computer information so that it could be fixed. Instead, the suspect demanded $163 to fix the errors, and then lowered the price when the victim refused. When the victim told the suspect he did not want the assistance, he began to see his files being moved to the computerís trash. The victim says he fears that his personal information may have been obtained by the scammer as his files were being eliminated.
Officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park say they got around 100 letters about their decision to euthanize an elk that was seen butting heads with photographer on a YouTube video. According to the Asheville Citizen-Times most of the letters and the 200 comments on the park's Facebook page criticized the decision to kill the elk. The video of the elk head-butting James York was put online last month and has been viewed more than 2 million times. York was sitting along a trail taking photographs and was not hurt. Park officials say the elk was too accustomed to humans. They say they shot the elk with paint balls and pepper spray to scare the animal away from humans but it didn't work