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Operation Dry Water
Monday June 26, 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, June 30-July 2. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.
Operation Dry Water is held the weekend prior to the Independence Day (July 4) holiday to give BUI enforcement high visibility during the peak boating season.
TWRA boating officers will saturate high traffic areas on reservoirs across the state. Along with the use of life jackets and other safety practices, officers want boaters to be aware of the effects and ramifications of alcohol use. The TWRA will be intensifying efforts to detect and apprehend boat operators who are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In 2016 during Operation Dry Water, there were 10 boating under the influence (BUI) arrests across the state. TWRA boating officers checked more than 4,000 vessels, issued 175 citations, 113 warnings, and assisted 94 boaters. There were four injury accidents and three property damage accidents reported.
Operating a boat with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 percent or higher is illegal in Tennessee, the same as operating a motor vehicle. Penalties may include fines, jail, boat impoundment and the loss of boat driving privileges.

 


Kayaker Drowns in Collins River
Jay Walker Monday June 26, 2017

Authorities say a man has drowned after his kayak overturned on the Collins River Sunday. According to the Warren County Sheriff's Department, Ernest Wade was kayaking the river with a family member Sunday morning when his kayak overturned near the Shellsford area.
The family member was unable to find Wade after Wade went under the water.
Personnel from the Warren County Rescue Squad and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency searched for several hours before finding Wade's body late Sunday afternoon.

 


Disaster Declaration
WRCB Monday June 26, 2017

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance is available to the State of Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding from May 27 to May 28, 2017.
Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding in Blount, Cumberland, Fayette, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Shelby, and Smith counties.

 


Scam Warning
Jay Walker Friday June 23, 2017

Caney Fork Electric Cooperative is alerting its members to a scam that was recently reported.
Caney Fork says it will never call you asking for personal information or to resolve a bill over the phone. They advise you to never reveal to a caller your bank account number, credit card number or your social security number.
If you receive a message causing concern about the status of your electric bill, please hang up and call your local Caney Fork office and/or your local law enforcement.

 


Program to Send Doctors to Rural TN
AP Friday June 23, 2017

A university and medical college have created a new program to funnel doctors to rural Tennessee.
The Tennessean reports that Middle Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College announced the partnership Thursday. Students accepted into the program will earn a bachelor's degree from MTSU in three years, followed by three years of medical school at Meharry. Tuition will be subsidized by $750,000 in state funding. Students who complete the program must agree to work for at least two years in the parts of Tennessee hit hardest by the state's physician shortage.
The public-private partnership brokered by school and state leaders is the first of its kind in the state. MTSU and Meharry anticipate 20-25 students will be accepted in the first batch for enrollment in fall 2018.

 

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