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Tennessee Highway Patrol is heading the fourth annual "Interstate 40 Challenge Drive to Zero Fatalities" traffic safety initiative scheduled for the Thanksgiving holiday period. The I-40 Challenge will consist of increased patrols from state police/ highway patrol agencies along the I-40 corridor that stretches through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The challenge will take place on the busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving period, specifically Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 27.
I-40 runs 2,555 miles through eight states, and has more miles in Tennessee than any other state with 455 miles.
Once again during Thanksgiving Weekend, Troopers will be assigned every 20 miles on I-40 on Wednesday Nov. 23, 2016 from 10 AM to 10 PM and Sunday Nov. 27, 2016 from 11 AM to 11 PM. There will also be an increased police presence on all major interstates throughout Tennessee.
In addition to the I-40 Challenge, the THP will also conduct its routine Thanksgiving holiday enforcement campaign across the state. During last year's 120-hour holiday period, there were eight people killed during eight separate crashes in Tennessee, up one from the previous year. Four of those crashes involved an alcohol-impaired driver, and four were unrestrained.
To date in 2016, Tennessee state troopers have arrested 6,798 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving. That represents a 56 percent increase over the last five years.
VEC will be cutting power to the Lantana Substation in Cumberland County from 1 to 2 p.m. today. This will impact all customers served by the Lantana Substation, including all of Tansi, Hwy 101 to the Bledsoe County line, Midway, Taylor’s Chapel and P.O.W. Camp Road. VEC Manager Bobby Randolph says the power is being shut off to make emergency repairs to the line and apologizes for any inconvenience.
Crossville police are investigating the theft of thousands of dollars worth of computer devices from a house on Morgan Road. The homeowner said numerous people had been in her home during the last two weeks while it was being remodeled. Taken were a 13” MacBook Pro Laptop, 15” MacBook Pro Laptop with a clear case, Apple iPad Pro with a blue case, and an Apple iPad Air with a UT orange case. Loss was estimated at more than $6,000.
Crossville police are looking for a woman who is suspected of stealing a store clerk’s I-Phone off the counter at Friendly Mart on Lantana Road. The suspect made a purchase and when she left the store the clerk noticed her phone, valued at $600, was missing. The woman left the area as a passenger in a dark colored SUV. If you have any information on the location of the stolen I-phone or the suspect, please call the Crimestoppers Tip Hotline at 931-200-1173 or contact Det. Danny Harris at the Crossville Police Department. Photos of the suspect can be viewed at the Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers Facebook page.
Monday’s tragic school bus accident in Chattanooga marks the third major school bus crash in Tennessee in just days. Officials now say five children died in yesterday’s bus accident and have identified them as three 4th graders, one 1st grader and one kindergartner. The bus driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, faces 5 counts of vehicular homicide with bond set at $107,500. Last Friday, 23 students were hurt in a bus crash in Nashville while en route to a Beta Club convention at the Opryland Hotel. Two people are now said to be recovering from critical injuries suffered in that wreck. Also on Friday, a truck driver was killed in Rutherford County when he drove into the rear of a school bus that was stopped to pick up students. These crashes have many calling for seatbelts in school busses, including former NTSB Chairman, Jim Hall who said he's been fighting for seatbelts since the ‘90’s. Hall said the only good thing that can come from [these accidents] is that no child in the future will not be secured [while on a school bus].