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New forms of technology launched this year by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security have resulted in improved customer service and reduced wait times inside the state’s driver services centers. But the new technology is also increasing the safety of citizens. A new feature available through online driver services is designed to assist citizens in emergency situations. Driver license and state identification card holders may submit emergency contact information online that will be added to the driver license data base. That information may be obtained by law enforcement if the license or card holder is involved in an accident or emergency and is unable to communicate with first responders. In addition to adding emergency contact information, driver can now renew or replace driver licenses online at tn.gov/safety.
Even if Hurricane Joaquin doesn’t directly strike the Tennessee Valley, it could still have a major impact on the area, warns the Tennessee Valley Authority. That’s why TVA has taken steps to deal with the anticipated runoff from heavy rains over the weekend. Current forecast models show some areas along the eastern side of TVA’s territory could receive several inches of rain by Sunday. That rainfall will find its way into streams and rivers that feed into TVA reservoirs, which could rapidly rise above their current levels. In preparation, TVA river management engineers are currently lowering reservoir levels to provide additional storage for the expected rainfall amounts. Once the storm passes, engineers will then slowly move water downstream using both generating turbines and spillway gates. TVA says property and boat owners should be aware of the potential for rapidly changing lake levels over the next several days and take any necessary precautions. Details on lake levels and forecasts for specific reservoirs across TVA’s integrated river management system can be found on TVA’s website and on the TVA Lake Info smartphone app.
A second woman has been arrested in connection with the sale of fake Luke Bryan tickets. Local 8 News reports that Jerrica Lynn Lovingood was apprehended early Thursday morning and is charged with criminal simulation. Authorities say Lovingood admitted to helping Erin Haley Gregory with the sale of at least 100 counterfeit tickets to the Luke Bryan show in Greenback, TN this Friday. General admission tickets to the Luke Bryan Farm Tour Concert are sold out and authorities are cautioning everyone to be very suspicious of anyone who claims they have tickets to the show. (Photo Courtesy WVLT).
It's time for everyone to weigh in their thoughts and opinions about the possibility of our county adopting the middle school concept. Please take the Community and Parental Perception of the Middle School Concept For Cumberland County Schools survey! Your input is appreciated and your opinions are valued. You may take the survey at bit.ly/ccsmiddle
A home at 107 Darrell Avenue was deemed unsafe for habitation following a raid by City Police, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and TBI Wednesday evening. Authorities were serving warrants for suspected drug activity at the residence. Two persons were placed under investigative hold but no charges have been filed as yet. Authorities did seize cash, cell phones and several computer hard drives. City building officials condemned the residence after finding several electrical violations. (Photo Courtesy Crossville Police Dept.)