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Woman injured Wednesday in Main Street collision
Lottery ticket games to begin January 20
Law requires inspection of child care vans, buses

 

 

Woman injured Wednesday in Main Street collision

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

A Livingston woman was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital after a collision on Main Street shortly after noon Wednesday, Jan. 7. According to reports, Tracy L. Harris, 34, of Livingston, was driving a white 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier west on West Main Street when an eastbound white 1998 Ford Ranger, driven by Tabitha L. Masters, 24, of Allons, changed lanes and crossed the center line into the westbound lane. The vehicles collided on the front driver's side,peeling back the fender on the Cavalier and ripping the front wheel off the Ranger. The Cavalier came to a stop in the roadway, while the Ranger travelled on into a grassy area near the bypass intersection. Harris was taken to the hospital by Overton County Ambulance Service. Masters was apparently uninjured. Patrolman Kevin Phillips of Livingston Police Department investigated the crash.

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Lottery ticket games to begin January 20

The Tennessee Lottery will begin selling the first instant tickets on Tuesday, Jan. 20, a full 21 days earlier than the original estimate of February 10.

Many businesses in the county plan to sell lottery tickets. A number of retailers in Overton County have the equipment already installed.

The lottery will begin with four instant ticket games, then will add four more games two weeks later. Computerized lottery tickets will be sold within 60 days.

Rebecca Paul, CEO and president of the Tennessee Lottery, said, "From establishing a corporate infrastructure to building an initial retail network of more than 3,000 members, we're above and beyond where we need to be for a successful early kickoff.

"At the end of the day, this will translate into millions more dollars for scholarships for Tennessee students."

More than 3,000 retail locations, from convenience stores to restaurants and hair salons, have been approved to sell tickets, with more clearing the approval process each day.

The first four instant ticket games will carry different themes, ranging from a tribute to regional "Tennessee Treasures" to the opportunity to be a "Tennessee Millionaire". The colorful tickets, which will contain fields of play that players must scratch in order to win, will offer prizes ranging from a free ticket to $1 million.

"We're offering entertaining games that are fun, easy to play, and will give millions of players the opportunity to win," Paul said. "These first four games start us on our mission to raise millions of dollars to fund college scholarships."

In "Tennessee Millionaire", players must match three dollar amounts to win up to $1,000. Match three "entry" symbols, then mail in the signed ticket to be entered in one of three grand prize drawings that will give three players the chance to win $1 million each. These tickets cost $1 each. Overall odds of winning are 1 in 4.

In "Tennessee Treasures", players must match winning numbers to win up to $25,000. Tickets depict regional scenes including downtown Chattanooga, Knoxville's Sunsphere, Memphis' Beale Street, Nashville's downtown Arena, and Unicoi County's Red Fork Falls. Tickets cost $2 each. Overall odds of winning are 1 in 4.

In "Lucky 7's", players must find three 7's in a row on a "tic-tac-toe" board to win up to $7,000. Tickets cost $1 each. Overall odds of winning are 1 in 5.

In "$100,000 Jackpot", players must match winning numbers to win up to $100,000. Tickets cost $5 each. Overall odds of winning are 1 in 3.

The Lottery is moving down a rapid path to begin selling tickets on or before February 10. Most immediately, the lottery is charged with raising at least $88 million by July 1 in order to fund scholarships for an estimated 65,000 students expected to attend Tennessee colleges and universities next fall.

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Law requires inspection of child care vans, buses

Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) announced recently a new safety regulation aimed at keeping Tennessee children safe during the ride to and from child care centers.

The new law, which went into effect Wednesday, Jan. 7, requires all DHS licensed child care centers operating vehicles that carry 10 or more passengers to pass a vehicle safety inspection.

Glenda Shearon, DHS assistant commissioner for Adult and Family Services, said, "This new law is one more layer of protection for Tennessee children in child care. Transportation can be a risky venture, but we know many families rely on centers to perform this service. Thanks to the new regulation, it is a safer endeavor."

Inspectors with the Tennessee Department of Safety's Pupil Transportation division will inspect nearly 2,000 child care vans and buses across the state annually to ensure compliance with the new state standard.

Department of Safety Commissioner Fred Phillips said, "With thousands of children riding in child care vans and buses every day, it is essential the vehicles transporting them operate properly. We are pleased to work with DHS to ensure compliance with the new safety standards."

The new regulation comes as a result of the Emergency Transportation Act passed by the General Assembly last year. Qualifying vehicles must meet higher safety standards than were previously required.

Department of Safety inspectors will conduct a thorough check of the child care vehicles to determine whether or not they meets the stringent safety requirements. The inspection process includes a review of mechanical equipment and restraint systems, as well as the structural condition of the vehicle.

Vehicles that do not meet the safety standards will be reported to DHS. Those with serious mechanical deficiencies will be immediately prohibited from carrying children.

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