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The Tennessee Department of Transportation will send “HELP” to the Tri-Cities this weekend in an effort to assist with heavy traffic expected on Tennessee roadways as a result of the “Battle at Bristol” college football game at Bristol Motors Speedway on Saturday.
Very high traffic volumes are expected to pass through East Tennessee over the weekend, affecting interstate highways, state routes, and local roads near the game venue. TDOT will provide four HELP trucks to patrol the area and assist motorists on I-26 and I-81 from 12 noon Saturday through early Sunday morning.
TDOT HELP trucks are equipped with four-wheel drive, push bumpers, top-mounted arrow boards, emergency work lights, air compressors and other tools. Operators can perform a variety of functions, from clearing a stalled car off the roadway to changing a flat tire.
For post-game traffic, TDOT will close one lane of I-40 West at the I-40/I-81 interchange. This will provide traffic leaving the game on I-81 South and traveling toward Knoxville two lanes of easy access to I-40 West. Message boards will be used to advise motorists of these changes.
Any motorists not attending the event are asked to plan ahead and avoid the area if possible.
Five Fort Campbell soldiers were injured late Wednesday night when their helicopter made a “hard landing” during a training exercise. It occurred around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. All the soldiers required treatment at medical facilities. Officials declined to release the extent of their injuries and the incident is under investigation.
The Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers needs your help in finding a debit card thief. According to police, a vehicle was broken into while it was parked next to Clear Creak on HWY 127 North. The victim's wallet and debit card were taken from the vehicle. The stolen card was used at several locations. A surveillance camera at Progressive Bank on Hwy 127 South captured a male suspect with the stolen debit cart attempting to get money from the ATM. You can see the video on the Crossville-Cumberland County Facebook page. If you recognize the suspect or if you have any information on this theft, please call the Crimestoppers 24 hour Tip Hotline at 931-200-1173 or contact Investigator Gary Green, with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.
A Hamilton County woman is one of three who died when two planes collided in Georgia on Wednesday. Flight instructor, 24-year-old Taylor Nicole Stone of East Ridge, Tennessee was killed as was her male student. His name was not immediately released pending notification of family. The pilot of the other plane, 79-year-old William Lewis Lindsey of College Park, Georgia was the third fatality. Both single-engine planes were attempting land at the West Georgia Regional Airport. There is only one landing strip at that airport and no air traffic controller. It’s not clear why the planes collided and the crash remains under investigation.
Crossville City Councilman Jesse Kerley will not appear in General Sessions court Thursday morning as scheduled. Kerley’s assualt case was still on the docket Tuesday morning, however, he has been granted a continuance to October 6, 2016. The “State of Tennessee vs Jesse Kerley” case stems from an alleged altercation with Councilman Pete Souza that occurred in early June 2016. The incident happened after a city council work session and part of the encounter was captured on security camera in the City Hall lobby, although no audio was available. A Class A misdemeanor charge in Tennessee carries a maximum term of not more than 11 months, 29 days in prison and up to $2,500 fine.