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Road construction will not slow motorists down as they travel Tennessee's highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at noon Friday through 6am Tuesday. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.
TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said more than half a million people are expected to hit the roads in Tennessee over the holiday weekend. He said suspending construction-related land closures will lessen congestion and delays on the major highways.
Law enforcement agencies will be out in force looking for speeding, distracted and impaired drivers.
State Sen. Janice Bowling will visit Warren County on Thursday for the latest in a series of town hall meetings she conducts with her constituents in the seven counties she represents in the Senate.
The meeting will be held at 1pm Thursday in the Magnolia Room of the Warren County Administrative Building.
After brief opening remarks, the Senator will answer questions from the audience. The public is invited.
Crude oil supplies on the Gulf Coast continue putting downward pressure on the price of gasoline. However, prices are not in a free fall as demand reached its highest level since 2009, according to the Energy Information Administration.
The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline fell 1-cent last week to $3.65. The average price in Tennessee fell 2-cents to $3.45..
The number of law enforcement officers killed or assaulted in Tennessee decreased in 2013, according to a recent study by the TBI.
According to the report's findings: The number of victims of assaults on officers decreased 3.7 percent from 2012. There were 1,834 reported victims in 2013, compared to 1,905 in 2012.
In 2013, there were no law enforcement officers reported killed in the line of duty.
The largest percentages of assault on officer incidents occurred on Fridays and Saturdays.
Responding to disturbance calls accounted for 32.4 percent of all activity types.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn said it is hoped that the report will help law enforcement officers better understand the dangers they might face, so they might ultimately be better prepared and protected.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its "Tennessee Hate Crime 2013" report.
Among the report's findings: Ethnicity victim offenses nearly tripled from 25 victims in 2012 to 96 victims in 2013. Simple assault was the most frequently reported bias motivated offense in 2013 with 125 occurrences.
In 2013, the number of damage/destruction/vandalism hates crime offenses increased 27.9 percent from the previous year.
75 victims and 76 offenders of hate crimes in 2013 were juveniles.
The most frequently documented sexual bias was anti-homosexual, accounting for 38.3 percent of all sexual bias hate crimes in 2013.