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TDOT Ready for Winter Weather
Friday January 12, 2018

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is assuring motorists it is stocked and ready to clear roadways of ice and snow. In preparation for the winter season, salt supplies have been replenished in all 95 counties, and crews have readied snow plows and brine trucks.
TDOT's statewide 2017-18 winter weather budget is $21.4 million, and includes salt, salt brine, overtime for employees and equipment maintenance.
TDOT currently has over 229,000 tons of salt and more than 1.6 million gallons of salt brine ready for use.
When snow hits Tennessee, TDOT ice and snow removal teams focus first on clearing interstates and heavily traveled state routes and will specifically target areas vulnerable to freezing, such as hills, curves, ramps, bridges and interchanges.
TDOT has a fleet of more than 800 snow trucks statewide.


Body Recovered From Center Hill Lake
Friday January 12, 2018

Searchers recovered the body of a fisherman from Center Hill Lake Thursday after the man had been declared missing on Wednesday. The body of 66 year old Scott Northrup of Silver Point was recovered late Thursday morning about 100 yards from where his fishing boat was found the night before .
TWRA officials said Northrup's body was found in about 34 feet of water.
Northrup was a Tennessee Tech University professor emeritus of chemistry and a faculty advisor to the Tech bass fishing team. He was reported missing Wednesday evening after he failed to return home from a fishing trip to the lake. His vehicle and trailer were found at the Hurricane Bridge boat ramp and his boat was found at around 7:30 Wednesday night. Authorities say there were no signs of foul play.


New Law Could Put Vehicles with Recalls on Roads
Thursday January 11, 2018

A new law could put countless dangerous cars on Tennessee roads by allowing dealers to easily sell cars under safety recall, according to consumer advocates.
The Motor Vehicle Recall and Disclosure Act allows used car dealers to sell vehicles under safety recall as long as the buyer signs a disclosure form. But advocates argue a majority of buyers will overlook that sheet of paper, which will likely be lumped in with the dozens of other forms a person is asked to sign while buying a car.
Advocates say the only way for Tennessee consumers to protect themselves now is to do your own research. Run the VIN number of any car you want to buy through


Fire Marshal's Office Urges Fire Safety
Thursday January 11, 2018

The Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office urges Tennesseans to focus on home fire safety during what has traditionally been the most tragic week for fire-related incidents in the Volunteer State: The second week of January. Data shows that Tennessee has averaged 3.6 fire deaths (29 in eight years) during the second week of January since 2010. This is the highest number of fire deaths for any week of the year and is nearly double the rate of the average week.
Heating fires are a major reason for the increase in fires and fire deaths. Data indicates that 37.7 percent of fatal heating fires may have been caused by electric space heaters. The second leading possible source of ignition was wood stoves at 23 percent. January leads all other months in residential fires, heating fires and fatal fires. The State Fire Marshal's Office says now is the time to plan an escape route in case your home catches on fire. For more fire safety information, go online to


Lawmakers Spar Over Healthcare
WTVF Thursday January 11, 2018

Lawmakers returned to the state Capitol on Tuesday but just minutes into the 100th General Assembly, Republicans and Democrats were already sparing over healthcare.
At issue for Democrats are the nearly 300,000 Tennesseans who are currently stuck "in the gap," and are left without insurance. State lawmakers have refused in recent years to expand Medicaid, leaving millions of dollars in federal funds on the table. Democrats have long supported Governor Bill Haslam's now failed Insure Tennessee proposal.
Republicans currently hold a super-majority at the Capitol and are not likely to enact any kind of sweeping healthcare legislation this session, largely because there is still uncertainty in Washington D.C. surrounding the future of the Affordable Care Act.


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