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The Tennessee Department of Transportation is joining states across the nation to remind motorists to expect the unexpected in highway work zones. TDOT will spread that message statewide during National Work Zone Awareness Week (March 23-27) in an effort to improve safety in Tennessee’s interstate and highway construction and maintenance work zones. “Work zones include everything from your major interstate widening projects to pothole patching and mowing, and conditions in those areas can change quickly,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “That’s why it’s so important for drivers to pay attention to signs, reduce their speeds, and move over when possible.” The spring and summer months provide perfect weather for highway work, and motorists will encounter work zones across Tennessee in downtowns, along interstates and in rural areas. Last year in Tennessee, 17 people died in work zone crashes, with 14 of those being drivers or vehicle passengers. Work zone safety messages will be displayed on TDOT’s overhead Dynamic Message Signs on interstates in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville. There will also be special displays across the state to honor the 109 TDOT workers lost in the line of duty since 1948.
Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released to the public its 2014 ‘Crime on Campus’ report. The annual study compiles information submitted to TBI by the state’s colleges and universities through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.
Among the report’s findings:
- Overall, crime reported by Tennessee colleges and universities decreased by 6.3% from 2013 to 2014.
- Reported incidents of Burglary decreased by 34.1% from 2013 to 2014
- Reported Fraud Offenses increased 19% over 2013’s study.
- The reported incidents of Rape increased from 26 in 2013 to 46 in 2014.
- DUI offenses reported by Tennessee’s colleges and universities decreased by 34.9% between 2013 and 2014.
As always, the TBI strongly discourages the comparison of one institution’s statistics to another. The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and rudimentary comparisons will most likely result in inaccurate and generalized conclusions of the relative safety of one campus over another.
A new bill has been proposed to make it a Class E felony to knowing kill a police dog. Currently, anyone accused of killing a police dog in the line of duty is only charged with theft in Tennessee. The new bill, known as Aron's law, is named after a Metro Nashville Police dog that was killed in the line of duty nearly 17 years ago. The bill has cleared one committee and will go to the House Agriculture Committee this week. It could go to the House floor by March 30th.
The Lady Vols beat Boise State Saturday 72-61 and will host Pitt in second round action tonight (3/23) at Thompson Boling Arena. UT and Pitt are meeting for the fifth time, with the Big Orange holding a 4-0 advantage in the series. Vol Network coverage begins at 5 with tipoff at 5:30 on the Plateau’s home for the Lady Vols, MIX 99.3.
Deputies in Roane County are investigating a shooting involving a former police officer. According to authorities, former Lenoir City and TVA police officer, Alex Gambrill got into an argument with his estranged wife, Jenny Gambrill, and shot her five times Saturday afternoon in Harriman. Gambrill then holed himself up inside his home for almost 4 hours ntil giving himself up to police after negotiations.Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is handling the case. The wife was taken to the hospital, she is alive and out of surgery.