Decorations light up Christmas season
THP working to reduce fatalities during holidays
Schools close because of flu epidemic
light up Christmas season
photo by Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
'Tis the season for Christmas lights on homes,
and Overton County is as colorful as ever this year, with decorated
homes brightening the night from one end of the county to the other.
The home above, belonging to Gary and Kay Ledbetter, is on Dry Hollow
Road, and its Christmas display covers a large yard. The home at
right, belonging to Grant Mullins and family, is located in Southwood
Estates, and is a shining example of the quality of displays created
around the county this year.
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to reduce fatalities during holidays
Tennessee Highway Patrol is launching an aggressive
enforcement campaign to make the roads safer for all motorists this
The statewide initiative, called "S.T.O.P. Holiday
Fatalities - December 2003", was designed to target drunk drivers,
speeding motorists, and other traffic violators in an effort to
reduce crashes and fatalities. The Special Traffic Operations Program
(S.T.O.P.) continues throughout the entire month of December.
Tennessee Department of Safety Commissioner Fred Phillips
said, "Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers and Commercial Vehicle
Enforcement officers will saturate the roadways this holiday season
in an effort to save lives and reduce the number of crashes.
"The holidays are a special time of year, and
every attempt is being made to keep the roads safe and the season
enjoyable for all."
The THP and CVE, in collaboration with local law enforcement
agencies, will conduct sobriety and driver license checkpoints across
the state. Additionally, THP will augment existing road patrols
to catch speeding motorists and other traffic violators.
THP Colonel Lynn Pitts said, "Traffic fatalities
have once again decreased this year and we are determined to keep
it that way. Troopers statewide will aggressively patrol the interstates
and secondary roads, looking for drunk drivers and other destructive
behavior. We ask motorists to help us in our efforts by buckling
up and obeying all traffic laws."
The effectiveness of the S.T.O.P. programs is enhanced
through the use of grant funds, which affords the agency the resources
to increase its presence on the road. Each of the eight THP districts
is implementing a localized plan of action that targets potential
The Tennessee Department of Safety is responsible
for ensuring the safety and general welfare of the travelling public.
Comprised of 23 divisions, the department s general areas of responsibility
include law enforcement, safety education, and motorist services
including the issuance of driver licenses and title and registration
The department and its highly trained staff of troopers
and CVE officers are responsible for safety on more than 15,000
miles of state and federal highways.
For more information about Tennessee Department of
Safety visit the department s website at www.tennessee.gov/safety.
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to receive $8M to help with heating
Tennessee will receive more than $8 million from U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services to help Tennesseans with
their heating bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance
Program (LIHEAP), according to U.S. Senators Bill Frist and Lamar
Frist said, "Cold weather and high heating bills,
unfortunately, force too many Tennesseans to choose between food
on the table or having heat in their home. The LIHEAP program helps
keep low-income Tennesseans from having to make these types of hard
"I m pleased this funding will be available,
and hope it will help many Tennessee families get through the cold
Alexander added, "This is good news for many
Tennesseans. It will help those who need it the most pay their heating
bills during the upcoming winter months.
"Senator Frist and I will continue to work to
make sure Tennesseans are receiving the assistance they need from
Alexander, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on
Children and Families, introduced legislation to reauthorize the
LIHEAP program for the next five years. The Senate Health, Education.
Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved the bill, which includes
increased funding for LIHEAP. Frist and Alexander are members of
the HELP Committee.
The Department of HHS is releasing $598 million to
states. Close to $273 million is being distributed immediately to
complete first quarter allocations, and an additional $325 million
will go to states January 1.
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