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Tennessee ranks 18th in the nation in overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the new 22nd Annual Highway Report published this week by Reason Foundation.
The state’s overall ranking has worsened, it was ranked 17th in the previous report.
Tennessee ranks 40th in fatality rate, 10th in deficient bridges, 16th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 19th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 27th urbanized area congestion.
On spending, Tennessee ranks 22nd in total disbursements per mile and 24th in administrative disbursements per mile.
The Athens Police Chief Chuck Ziegler said three people died, including a shooter, following an attack on at the Thomas & Betts manufacturing plant located at 260 Dennis St. near McMinn County High School.
Chief Ziegler said an angry longtime employee, identified by the TBI as 45-year-old Ricky Swafford, of Athens, TN., started shooting at the steel manufacturing facility around 4:15 p.m..
According to the TBI, James A. Zotter, 44, and Sandra H. Cooley, 68, both of Athens, TN, were shot to death shortly after 4 p.m. eastern at their workplace on Dennis Street in Athens, TN.
A preliminary investigation indicated that Swafford was upset during a meeting with his two supervisors, Mr. Zotter and Mrs. Cooley. According to investigators, Swafford abruptly left the meeting and returned a short time later to the office where the supervisors were and shot both of them.
The Vols host the Florida Gators on Saturday September 24th in Knoxville. You can catch the action starting with the Kick Off Call-in Show Saturday afternoon at 1. Kick off is set for 2:30pm CT on the Plateau's Home for the Vols, 102.5 WOW Country!
Friday, September 23, Stone Memorial will play host to the Owls from Smith County and Cumberland County travels to Sparta to take on the White County Warriors. The action for each game is scheduled to begin at 7:00. Catch the Panthers on Mix 99.3 and the Jets are on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY.
State officials are encouraging Tennesseans to get their influenza vaccinations this flu season. To set the example, Governor Bill Haslam and Health Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner will receive their seasonal flu vaccinations at the TDH Southeast Regional Health Office in Chattanooga Friday. Flu vaccine is arriving throughout Tennessee and is already available in many locations, including county health departments, medical clinics and pharmacies. The Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge annual flu vaccination for everyone over six months of age.