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TDOT Concerned About Roads During Eclipse
WKRN Wednesday July 26, 2017

With all the excitement surrounding the eclipse next month, there are also plenty of concerns.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is especially worried about what could happen on the roads that day.
Parts of Middle Tennessee are within the path of totality, which means thousands of people will flock to the region on Aug. 21.
TDOT spokesperson BJ Doughty said the department's biggest concern is drivers could stop in the middle of the road to watch the eclipse.
Doughty said it's dangerous for people to try and stop in the road or even pull to the shoulders.
TDOT says the best thing you can do is have a plan for that day. Know where you're going to watch the eclipse, and make sure you're there with plenty of time to spare. In McMinnville, a gathering is planned on court square to watch the eclipse.
While the eclipse begins at 11 a.m., it will reach totality around 1:28 p.m., making the sky go dark for upwards of 3 minutes, depending on where you live.


Sparta Woman Sentenced in New Jersey
AP Wednesday July 26, 2017

A Tennessee woman accused of stealing $3 million from a trucking company's New Jersey facility has been sentenced.
Fifty-five-year-old Tracey Perrigan, of Sparta, was sentenced to 33 months in prison Monday. Perrigan had previously pleaded guilty to wire fraud.
Prosecutors say Perrigan authorized purchases by company drivers when she worked at a Branchburg, New Jersey facility of a New York trucking company. Officials say Perrigan used a program called Comcheck to send $3.25 million in company funds to a trucking company she owned with her husband from 2007 to 2015.
A judge has ordered Perrigan to pay restitution.

Mariota Visits WCHS

Mariota Visits WCHS
Jay Walker Wednesday July 26, 2017

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota spoke to a large and enthusiastic crowd Tuesday morning at the Warren County High School gym. Warren County was one of four middle Tennessee high schools Mariota visited to spread his message of reaching goals with a healthy mind and body.
Mariota's Motiv8 Foundation was established to send that message to youth in Tennessee, Oregon and Hawaii.
At the end of the program, Mariota presented WCHS a donation of $5,000 for the WCHS sports programs, to be matched by the NFL. Also, St. Thomas Health, which sponsored the program, made a donation to the high school to be used as needed. McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley issued a proclamation declaring Tuesday as Marcus Mariota Day in McMinnville.
Mariota also visited high schools in White, DeKalb and Cannon Counties.


Man Dies in Off-Road Vehicle Crash
Jay Walker Tuesday July 25, 2017

A McMinnville man was killed Sunday when his off-road vehicle went out of control and crashed off Ben Burton Road near Viola.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 26 year old Hazziel Eduardo Velazquez had been riding on the mountain in a 2017 Polaris Razr. As he was returning home on Ben Burton Road, Velazquez was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the roadway, got sideways and struck a tree on the driver's side before flipping over. Velazquez was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the vehicle received minor injuries.


Second Driver Dies from Injuries Suffered in June Crash
Jay Walker Tuesday July 25, 2017

A Cannon County man has died at Erlanger Hospital nearly a month after being injured in a crash that killed a McMinnville teenager.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 56 year old Craig Mears of Woodbury has died as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash that happened the night of June 25th on Highway 70 near Centertown.
Authorities said Mears was traveling the wrong way in the westbound lanes when his vehicle crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by 16 year old Promise Harrison of McMinnville. She died in the crash. A 14 year old passenger in her vehicle was critically injured.


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