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Wanted Man Arrested in Manchester
Wednesday August 31, 2016

A McMinnville man who was wanted by law enforcement was arrested in Manchester Monday after police learned he was staying at a Manchester motel.
26 year old Matthew David Hogan of McMinnville was picked up at a motel on Expressway Drive on warrants for theft of property.
Police say Hogan resisted and took off running, but was later captured by officers after a foot pursuit.
Hogan faces charges of bond surrender, assault and resisting arrest. His bond was set at $34,000. He is set to appear in court in Coffee County September 27th.


Insurance Rates Questioned
Wednesday August 31, 2016

Tennessee lawmakers are calling for a special hearing to explain why massive insurance rate hikes were approved last week by the Department of Commerce and Insurance.
In a news conference on Tuesday morning, Sen. Jeff Yarbro and Rep. John Ray Clemmons said they want to know why Tennessee approved rate increases when other states were able to negotiate better deals with insurance companies.
They argue the insurance commission did not negotiate and accepted what the companies asked for.
Last week, Commissioner Julie McPeak said the Tennessee healthcare marketplace is on the verge of collapse. Clemmons and Yarbro say the rate hikes and grim outlook on the healthcare market are a direct attack on Medicare expansion.


Tourism Numbers Up
WKRN Wednesday August 31, 2016

For a tenth year in a row, tourism in Tennessee topped more than $1 billion in state and local sales tax revenue, Governor Bill Haslam and other state officials announced Tuesday.
According to a release, this yearís total of $1.6 billion is up seven percent over 2014.
Officials said all 95 counties in Tennessee had more than $1 million in direct travel expenditures.
Tourism-generated jobs also reached over 157,400, which is up 2.9 percent.
State officials also said Tennessee tourismís direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached an all-time high of $18.4 billion in 2015, which is up 3.7 percent.


THP Says Motorists Ignoring Stop Signs
WRCB Wednesday August 31, 2016

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports more drivers are speeding past school bus stop signs already this school year.
Sgt. Alan Bailey with THP says with more than 12,000 buses on Tennessee roads multiple times a day troopers with THP are concerned.
State law requires all vehicles to stop unless roadways are separated by a median or barrier.
Some school buses are now equipped with video cameras to catch violators in the act. THP is also stepping up patrols and riding inside school buses to dispatch back up when drivers speed by.
Stop signs on school buses should be treated the same as any other traffic signal on the road.
Passing a school bus is considered a Class A misdemeanor, which can result in points against your driving record and up to $1,000 in fines plus court fees.


Health Alert Issued
Tuesday August 30, 2016

A public health alert was issued recently from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on increased risk of overdose and fatalities associated with Fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills and compounds.
Commissioners and directors from four Tennessee departments are urging the public to have increased awareness about the substance.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid estimated by the CDC to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and has been used for treating severe pain. Available initially in patches or lozenges for cancer patients, it is now being manufactured and sold illegally.
Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin, cocaine or other drugs to increase the effects of those drugs. It is used to produce cheap counterfeits of Oxycodone, Xanax and Norco.
It affects the central nervous system and respiratory functions; in overdoses, a victim loses the ability to breathe and can die if emergency care is not provided.
If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid dependence, please contact the Tennessee REDLINE (1-800-889-9789) to seek help now.


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