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Authorities in White County are releasing few details at this time regarding the death of a woman. According to the White County Sheriff’s Department, just before 4:30 Wednesday morning, White County 911 received a call about a woman who had been critically injured in the Old Union Road area. White County Officers and White County EMS responded. The woman was picked up at a residence on McMinnville Highway and transported to Highland's Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. The White County Sheriff's Department, T.B.I. and 13th Judicial DA are currently investigating.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is imposing a $70,000 fine against the Tennessee Valley Authority for violations found at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in 2012. Federal regulators decided the civil penalty was warranted after finding that TVA contract workers did not maintain required fire watches at the plant near Soddy-Daisy and then tried to cover up the error by falsifying records. TVA fired the workers responsible and said it won't contest the penalty.
A bill before the Tennessee State Legislature would increase the fine if you're caught texting behind the wheel. The current fine for texting while driving is $50. Senate Bill 443, introduced by Sen. Jim Tracy, would bump that ticket up five times to $250. Local 8 Now reports that authorities say drivers are six times more likely to be in a distracted driving crash than a crash involving a drunk driver. Just glancing down at your phone to read a text message takes your eyes off the road for two to three seconds. That's enough time to travel hundreds of feet. The same bill would also increase the fine for not wearing a seat belt to $250.
The Stone Memorial FFA Livestock Judging Team placed second overall at the University of Tennessee Block & Bridle Roundup held Saturday March 2, 2015. Pictured from left to right: Andy Carey, Logan Adams, Andrew Swaw, Courtney Turner, Jenna Beaty and Jacie Beaty.
The Tennessee Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will make history this month when it installs its first female commander of the state organization. Lt. Col. Arlinda Bailey of Johnson City, TN will be promoted to full colonel and succeed Col. Bill Lane as wing commander during the wing's conference at Middle Tennessee State University on March 28. The patrol is the volunteer civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. News Channel 9 reports the 64-year-old Bailey joined in 1998 to help her son serve as a cadet in CAP's youth program. CAP's Tennessee Wing is best known for its emergency services, which make up 90 percent of the nation's inland search and rescue missions. Besides its cadet program, the wing is also well known for its aerospace education outreach.