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The City of Crossville Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign. This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE campaign begins February 1, 2017, and concludes on August 1, 2017.
“Safety starts with your commitment to protect yourself and your family. Buckle up, your kids are watching. They may just want to be like you!”- Lieutenant Brian Eckelson
2017 will be the fourth year that the THSO has sponsored the SAFE campaign. Last year yielded the following results:
1,717 child restraint violations
21,562 seat belt citations
723 other seat belt enforcement activities
“In 2015, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 86.23%,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Last year, we soared to 88.95%. Through increased education, enforcement, and community involvement, we’re striving for ninety percent or higher.”
This year, participating agencies will pay special attention to nighttime seatbelt enforcement. Tennessee has seen a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.
Historically, approximately fifty percent of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That percentage increases to nearly sixty when nighttime crashes are examined.
Gov. Bill Haslam is raising concerns about a bill seeking to label IDs issued to people without permanent residency status with the words "alien" or "non-U.S. citizen."
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Haslam worries about the impact such a change could have on foreign investment in Tennessee. The governor noted the state has the highest level of foreign direct investment of Japan other than California, and that automakers Volkswagen and Nissan have large plants and supplier chains located in Tennessee.
Nearly 1,000 foreign-owned companies have facilities in Tennessee. In Haslam's words: "We have a lot of people who are here that we're glad they're here."
The bill is sponsored by Rep. John Ragan of Oak Ridge and Sen. Ed Jackson of Jackson.
Despite suffering an 81-78 loss in double overtime to the Lady Bulldogs on Sunday night, the Lady Vols are ranked No. 24 in the AP Top 25 Poll. It’s the first time they’ve been ranked since Dec. 5. UConn remains No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll. The Lady Vols play Missouri on Thursday, Feb. 9. Catch all the action starting at 5:30 p.m. on 97.7 The Ticket.
Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee has been sued for moving to require all major online vendors to collect sales taxes on purchases made in the state.
Under current federal law, states are only allowed to require sales taxes to be collected by companies that also have a physical presence within the state. A new Haslam tax rule extends that requirement to all retailers with sales of more than $500,000 per year in Tennessee, regardless of where they are located.
The Republican governor says the state was sued late last week after sending out notices to companies that the taxes must be collected on Tennessee's behalf.
Haslam has long acknowledged that the move would likely result in litigation and says he hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will settle the matter.
The Cumberland County Building and Grounds Committee has voted to keep the new adoption center shelter at the site of the old animal shelter on East Lane. Crossville Chronicle assistant editor, Heather Mullinax, notes on page 1 of the Friday, February 3 edition that the decision was not popular with FOCCAS (Focus on Cumberland County Animal Shelter) supporters. FOCCAS has been pushing hard and raising funds since October for the construction of a new animal shelter located inside the city limits, which it says would be more visible and increase adoption rates. So far, FOCCAS has reportedly raised $245,000 toward that goal. When asked what would happen to those funds, the Crossville Chronicle reports that group spokesman, Dr. Mark Hendrickson said, “Our campaign was to build a new animal shelter. If we can’t build a new shelter, we don’t want to deceive people and keep their money and do something else with it.” For more details on Tuesday’s Building and Grounds committee meeting, see the Friday, February 3 edition of the Crossville Chronicle.