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Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office have announced that Tennessee agencies received grant awards totaling more than $24.2 million to support highway traffic safety efforts. According to tn.gov, the 2015 Fiscal Year Grant GHSO Awards include over $63,000 to the Crossville Police Department and almost $55,000 for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. The funds support the mission of GHSO to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chattanooga leaders say they will chip in $300,000 and the federal government will add $400,000 more for a study of whether light rail transport would be worthwhile. One proposal calls for leaning heavily on existing tracks to which the city can acquire the rights if it opts for such a public transport system.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has received almost half a million dollars in federal grant money to spur efforts to stop worker misclassification. According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, the money will help Tennessee's unemployment insurance tax programs identify instances where employees are misclassified as independent contractors.
Cumberland Mountain State Park, along with the rest of the Tennessee State Parks, will be taking part in National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27th. This year’s theme is “Helping Hands for America’s Lands.” Each of the 55 parks will have scheduled hikes and volunteer opportunities. Cumberland Mountain State Park is planning an Ozone Falls clean-up and hike. Volunteers will be removing invasive vegetation and picking up trash along the trail to the falls and at the base of the falls.
A grand jury has indicted a Morgan County woman and her boyfriend for first degree murder in the death of a 17-month-old boy. Levi Beaty died June 1st. His mother, Amanda Beaty, and her boyfriend, Roger Dale Prince the Second, claimed that the child had choked on a cookie. However, an autopsy indicted that Levi had sustained multiple blunt force injuries, some healing and some new. Beaty later claimed that the child had a history of medical issues. Beaty and Prince were indicted Monday based on "Haley's Law," which raises most child abuse charges to felonies punishable by life in prison. They are being held on $200,000 bond each.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Securities and Exchange Commission officials say a Tennessee-based animal feed company has agreed to pay back $18 million in illegal profits from an accounting fraud. The SEC said yesterday that AgFeed Industries and top company executives were charged in March for repeatedly reporting fake revenues from the company's China operations in order to meet financial targets and inflate AgFeed's stock price.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Emergency officials in West Tennessee are working to resolve problems that began over the weekend with 911 calls and have established a temporary number to use for emergency calls. Memphis officials say the police department started having problems Saturday night with dropped calls and static communications between emergency operators and people calling 911.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Citizen Action has hired back its former executive director Mary Mancini to run a new get-out-the-vote effort. Mancini, who had left the advocacy group to make a bid for the state Senate, will serve as program director for the voting campaign.