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Tennessee sends 9-1-1 Help to Florida Broadcasting News Tuesday September 19, 2017

A team of 9-1-1 dispatchers deployed Monday from Chattanooga, Tenn. for a week-long operation in Naples, Fla. to help local first responders with answering emergency calls and dispatching resources as Florida continues to recover from Hurricane Irma. The six-member team represents the Hamilton County 9-1-1 Unified Emergency Communications District and is the first 9-1-1 team ever deployed out of Tennessee through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The 9-1-1 team's deployment follows Friday's send-off of workers from Metro Nashville Water Services to help repair water lines along the Florida Keys Aqueduct. A nurse strike team remains deployed in Naples, Fla., supporting shelter operations, and the Tennessee Army National Guard and Tennessee Air National Guard are supporting disaster recovery operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida.


Increasing Number of Tennesseans Dying from Drug Overdoses Broadcasting News Tuesday September 19, 2017

Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,631 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses in 2016, the highest annual number of such deaths recorded in state history. This is an increase from the 1,451 overdose deaths recorded among Tennessee residents in 2015. Overall, rates of death from drug overdose among Tennesseans have increased 12 percent from 2015 to 2016. Overdose deaths related to fentanyl have dramatically increased 74 percent from 169 to 294 in that time period. The biggest increase in fentanyl deaths is in those aged 25 - 34, where deaths increased from 42 in 2015 to 114 in 2016. TDH data show heroin was associated with the deaths of 260 Tennesseans in 2016, a 26 percent increase over the previous year. Tennessee drug overdose deaths due to stimulants like methamphetamine also increased substantially, especially in people aged 25 - 44, where they increased from 57 deaths in 2015 to 101 in 2016. Most people who die from drug overdose are found to have more than one drug in their systems that contributed to their deaths. TDH data show an increase in deaths where both opioids and stimulants were used, from 65 deaths in 2015 to 111 in 2016. Substance abuse is a treatable and preventable disease. Call the Tennessee REDLINE at 1-800-889-9789 for immediate help for anyone suffering from a substance abuse disorder.


Traffic Fatalities Down So Far In Cumberland County, Up For State
TN Dept. of Safety and Homeland Security/Peg Broadcasting News Monday September 18, 2017

Traffic-related deaths in Cumberland County are down for the year-to-date but statewide, Tennessee roadways are deadlier than last year. According to a report released by the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, 716 have died so far in traffic-related incidents, compared with 713 for the same period last year. Cumberland County traffic fatalities are now at 6 for the year, which is 4 less than the 10 traffic related deaths reported by this time in 2016. And statewide, so far, for the month of September, Tennessee has recorded 14 fewer traffic deaths at 34 than in September 2016, when 48 people had died during the same time span. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is asking all motorists to do their part to reduce traffic fatalities by slowing down, buckling up and not driving while distracted or intoxicated.


Gas Prices
Monday September 18, 2017

Gasoline availability continues to improve after Hurricane Irma drove up demand and left many gas stations without fuel. A steady stream of ships delivering gasoline to Florida's ports are helping to normalize supply levels in the southern U.S. and gas prices are beginning to drift a little lower.

Last week, gasoline hit the highest price in three years.

AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins gas prices are poised to plummet 30 cents, but it will not happen overnight, as pump prices decline much slower than they rise.
Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.57 Sunday after topping out at $2.60 last Thursday. The state average is 51 cents higher than this time last year.

The national average price of gasoline is $2.62.


Deer Archery Season Opens Saturday
Monday September 18, 2017

The 2017 deer archery-only hunting season opens statewide in Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 23. The archery season dates in all five of the state's deer hunting units are the same. The dates are Sept. 23-Oct. 27 and Oct. 30-Nov. 3.

The TWRA makes the recommendation that all archery hunters obtain a 2017-18 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide. The guide lists the counties and bag limits for each of the different deer management units. The guides are available where hunting and fishing licenses are sold and on the TWRA website,

Hunters are reminded that they must possess the appropriate licenses and permits. Any hunter born on or after Jan. 1, 1969 is required to carry proof of satisfactory completion of a hunter education class or be in possession of the Apprentice Hunting License (along with other required licenses), while hunting any species in Tennessee.


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