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NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, June 24-26. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.
Operation Dry Water is held the weekend prior to the Independence Day (July 4) holiday to give BUI enforcement high visibility during the peak boating season. The TWRA is teaming with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). Operation Dry Water was started by the NASBLA in 2009.
TWRA boating officers will saturate high traffic areas on reservoirs across the state. Along with the use of life jackets and other safety practices, officers want boaters to be aware of the effects and ramifications of alcohol use. The TWRA will be intensifying efforts to detect and apprehend boat operators who are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In 2015 during Operation Dry Water, there were 10 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests across the state. TWRA boating officers checked more than 2,800 vessels, issued 141 citations, 116 warnings, made four other arrests, and assisted 110 boaters. There was one serious boating-related injury reported during the 2014 weekend. It came as a result of an incident involving a canoe in Wayne County.
Operating a boat with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 percent or higher is illegal in Tennessee, the same as operating a motor vehicle. Penalties may include fines, jail, boat impoundment and the loss of boat driving privileges. (Photo Courtesy tn.gov)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Red shirt freshman Vincent Perry has been ruled academically ineligible, at least for now. The Vols say Perry will remain on the team and will have the opportunity to earn his scholarship back by his performance on and off the field. Perry did not appear in any games last season due to a knee injury he suffered in training camp.
At the June Regular Monthly Meeting, the Cumberland County Commission passed a motion to let the voters decide in November on a proposed indoor recreational facility. The City of Crossville is hoping to partner with the County to help build the facility, which will cost about $20 million. The City has proposed an approximate ten cent property tax hike to pay for the project. This would be done by public referendum. The County Commission passed a motion 15 to 1, that depending on the final verbiage, to put the indoor recreational facility and the tax increase referendum on the November ballot. County Commissioner Allen Foster voted no because he did not see a reason to rush the decision before all the details were ironed out. As it stands now, there has been no clear verbiage on what the public would be voting on, no outline on where the land would come from, nor how the recurring operational expenses would be paid.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Annual Kids Count report on Tennessee says more than a quarter of the state’s children live in poverty and worsening economic conditions explain why child well-being in the Volunteer State has dropped from 36 to 38.
The Kids Count Data Book ranks child well-being on four different factors: Economic well-being, education, health and family and community. Linda O’Neal, director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, said in a statement that Tennessee had made improvements in health and education. Kids were less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and the teen birth rate has fallen 37 percent since 2008.
But the report found that the state’s overall score is down because of the dire economic conditions that many of the state’s children are living in.
A Crossville woman has been charged with DUI after her vehicle collided with a fire truck last Wednesday night. Authorities say that 29-year old Donielle Roysden, who was driving a 2010 Honda Accord, failed to yield to a Crossville fire truck that had been dispatched to a report of smoke at the Main Street Dairy Queen. The collision occurred at the intersection of West Avenue and Fourth Street and Roysden has to be transported to the hospital for treatment of her injuries. None of the firefighters in the ladder truck were hurt in the wreck.