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