Saturday, December 30, 2017

Two Killed In Perry County Head On Crash

Linden-Two local residents were killed in a head on crash. The Tennessee Highway Patrol's investigators say they tried to avoid each other but sadly collided.

The crash happened this morming around 9 a.m. on U.S. 412 east near the Lewis County line.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, a Ford van driven by Damon C Bunch, 37, Hohenwald, was traveling west on the road when it crossed the center line into the eastbound lane.

A 2007 Ford Focus driven by Carmen Navaroo. 66, Lobelville, heading east tried to avoid it by swerving into the westbound lane, but the van drove back into the westbound lane at the same time.

The two vehicles collided head-on in the westbound lane.

Bunch's van came to rest on its driver side, and the Focus stopped in the westbound lane facing eastbound.

According to the report Bunch was not wearing a seatbelt while Navaroo was wearing hers.

The trooper say in his report that drugs or alcohol was not a factor.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Hardin County Woman Killed In Two Vehicle Crash

Savannah- The Tennessee Highway Patrol says Whitney Rose, 29, Savannah, was killed last night in a two car crash.

According to the preliminary  report from the THP the two vehicle accident happened last night on Hwy 69 South in Hardin County near Forrester Lane.

The THP say that a southbound 2017 Hyundai driven by Timothy Craig, 38, Florence, crossed the center line and struck the Chrysler Sebring driven by Rose.

Roses vehicle then struck a sign before coming to rest on the west shoulder of the road. Craig was also injured.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Nick Saban Gives A Man a Crimson Christmas

Selmer- A Selmer man who has had a difficult year got a Crimson Christmas surprise he will not forget.

James and Linda Moody call Mcnairy County, Tennessee home. It's not known as an area with a large contingent of  University of Alabama football fans. James Moody is a proud supporter of the Crimson Tide, Linda is not!

According to Linda Moody, its been a very tough year for the family. Over a short time, she lost her brother and her husband, James, lost his mother and a nephew. On top of that Linda has serious medical conditions and the bills associated with them had stretched the family budget to the point that Christmas presents were going to almost impossible. 

Linda says her husband works hard and never complains about the hardships that her medical conditions have caused. She came up with an idea for a gift that would mean more to him than something money could buy.

She emailed Alabama's head football coach Nick Saban and told him of the situations facing the family and asked Saban, would it be possible for him to email her husband and tell him, Merry Christmas.

What came next caught her by surprise. She says she got a return email from Saban and in it the coach said that he could do better than just a Merry Christmas.

A box soon arrived at the Moody household, from Nick Saban. The box contained a host of Bama gear, a football and an autographed photograph of Nick Saban.

Linda says because of Nick Saban her husband had the best Christmas ever and that it meant so much to her to see him smile.

16 New Tennessee Laws Take Effect On New Year's Day

A new year is less than a week away and that  means new laws will take effect in Tennessee on the first day of the new year.

Most are just small tweaks to existing laws but some of the new laws will effect Tennessean's in their daily lives.

Among those laws that will take effect on the first day of 2018. Colored headlights will no longer be allowed on Tennessee roadways. Talking on a cell phone in an active school zone is now an offense.  Free speech on college campuses and training for school bus drivers are also including in the new laws. 

Here are some of those that may impact you the most:

No cell phone calls in school zones: Using a cell phone will be a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to a $50 fine if a driver uses a handheld phone while driving through an active school zone. You can use a hands-free device.

Barbers: This law will broaden barbers’ ability to perform services in a residence from residences of persons who are ill to all residences regardless of the person’s health. It does require an additional barber certificate in order to provide these services.

Alarm systems: Allows a homeowner to cancel an alarm services contract for a period longer than 2 years by giving 30 days written notice.

Disability: allows disabled adults to have paid personal aides to perform health maintenance tasks for them.

Prescription drugs: authorizes the department of health to establish a prescription drug donation repository program

Handgun permits: creates an exemption to the firing range component of the training that is required in order to obtain a handgun carry permit for applicants who submit proof to the department of safety that they have successfully passed small arms qualification training or combat pistol training in any branch of the United States armed forces.

School transportation supervisor program: This requires new school bus drivers to complete a training program prior to transporting students. Drivers have to be at least 25 years of age to receive an initial school bus driver license endorsement.

Free speech on public college campuses this law has several provisions including defining student-on-student harassment that is consistent with the definition by the Supreme Court and bars institutions from rescinding invitations to speakers invited by students or faculty.

Headlights: it will be illegal for anyone to have lights on the front of the car that is any color other than white or amber. This is regardless if it is steady burning or flashing. Every vehicle must have at least two and not more than four headlights.

Marijuana: the Alcoholic Beverage Commission will no longer have any ability to monitor or regulate marijuana. They will continue to regulate the serving of alcohol in restaurants in the state.

Click here to review all new the laws that take effect 1/1/2018

Photo Credit: Tennessee Administrative Offices of the Courts

Lawrence County Investigator Charged With DUI

Lawrenceburg- A Lawrence County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday night on charges of driving under the influence after allegedly running his truck into a tree, according to a report obtained from the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

Robert Lee Denton, 51, of Lawrenceburg, was charged with DUI.

According to a police report obtained by WOPC HD News, LPD officers at approximately 8:30 pm were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash in the area of Kay and Windsor Street.

When the officer arrived he found a 2016 Ford F-150  off the road and against a tree.

According to the report, the driver was observed to be unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and  had a strong odor of alcohol

Denton was identified as the driver and police say that he admitted to drinking.

The report says that Denton declined a field sobriety test and a blood and breath test.

Denton was transported to the Lawrence County Jail and Charged with Driving Under the Influence.

According to a member of law enforcement, Denton serves as a supervisor in the narcotics and criminal investigation division with the Lawrence County Sheriffs Office.

At the time of this report, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has not replied for a request for comment.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

THP: DUI Checkpoints Planned for New Year's Eve

THP Roadblocks On New Year’s Eve To Include Hardin, Lawrence, Hickman, Giles And Maury
The Tennessee Highway Patrol wishes everyone a happy and safe New Years Eve. To help insure that, there will be a heavy patrol presence and checkpoints.
The THP will be conducting several sobriety and seatbelt checkpoints in the Tennessee River Valley on New Year’s Eve and New Year's day.
The checkpoints will be set up on New Year's Eve in Hickman, Giles, Lawrence and Maury counties. Then on New Year's Day in Hardin, Hickman and Giles Counties.
Several residents of the Tennessee River Valley have reportedly died or been severally injured in DUI related accidents. In many of those troopers noted in reports that the use of seatbelts could have made a difference in the outcome of the accident.
Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 people every year in the U.S. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.
The THP recognizes that sobriety roadside checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools of enforcing laws of Tennessee and that sobriety checkpoints are effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.
Click Here for a full list and location of checkpoints:
Photo Courtesy Of Tennessee Highway Patrol