Deer abundant this year in Standing Stone Park
Dept. of Safety offers winter driving tips
Grant aids economic development in region
abundant this year in Standing Stone Park
photo by Carl & Susie Klein
Carl and Susie Klein recently came face to face with this trio
of deer during a recent visit to Standing Stone State Park. The
abundance of deer has made for plenty of sightings, but also calls
for even more caution by motorists.
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of Safety offers winter driving tips
Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS) reminds motorists
that when the forecast includes snow, sleet, and ice, travel on
the roadways can turn hazardous.
TDOS urges motorists to prepare before they hit the
roads this winter season.
TDOS Commissioner Fred Phillips said, "Winter
driving can turn dangerous in a matter of moments. By being prepared,
driving defensively and obeying Tennessee's motor vehicle laws,
motorists can reach their destinations safely."
TDOS offers the following tips for winter driving:
Prepare your vehicle for the winter season. Check
to make sure it has no mechanical problems.
Fill up. Before travelling, make sure your gas tank
Slow down. Driving too fast for the weather conditions
is a cause of many crashes.
Always buckle up. A seat belt offers protection against
drivers who are tense or distracted due to the weather conditions.
Never drink and drive. Mixing drinking and driving
is always a deadly combination.
Don't tailgate. Leave plenty of room between your
vehicle and the one ahead of you in poor visibility and slippery
Allow plenty of time for travel. Trips in winter can
take longer than normal, especially if you encounter a wintry mix.
If possible, avoid the roads altogether when bad weather
strikes. Stay home until the weather improves and the roads clear.
In case of weather delays, carry a cellular phone
for notifying those expecting your arrival or in case of emergencies.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Lynn Pitts said,
"If a motorist experiences any problems while on Tennessee's
roadways this winter, the THP is ready to assist."
By dialing *THP (*847) from a cellular phone, drivers
are connected to the closest THP dispatch center and a trooper is
notified of the incident. Motorists should provide the THP operator
with a location, a description of the vehicle, and purpose of the
Tennessee Department of Safety is responsible for
ensuring the safety and general welfare of the travelling public.
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 activities.
The department and its highly trained staff of troopers
are responsible for safety on more than 15,000 miles of state and
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aids economic development in region
A $59,500 federal grant will help boost economic development
efforts in the Upper Cumberland region, according to U.S. Representative
U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the grant to
Upper Cumberland Development District, which is charged with helping
14 counties in the region improve quality of life among residents.
Counties served by the agency are Cannon, Clay, Cumberland,
DeKalb, Jackson, Fentress, Macon, Pickett, Putnam, Overton, Smith,
Van Buren, Warren, and White.
"Efforts to lure good-paying jobs to the region
are necessary if we want to improve quality of life and ensure our
children have a bright future," Gordon said. "Top-notch
businesses look at a variety of factors when deciding to locate
in a community.
"Good roads and schools, adequate power and
water supplies, and a plentiful workforce are some of the things
these companies consider. Agencies like Upper Cumberland Development
District have helped the region immensely."
The agency's executive director, Wendy Askins, said
the grant, along with other funds, enable the organization to help
communities develop sound economic development plans.
"Our staff members work closely with local,
state, and federal officials, as well as with chambers of commerce
and industrial boards, to recruit new industry and maintain our
existing ones," Askins explained. "We also do a lot of
preparation for grant applications that help communities improve
Both Askins and Gordon noted the importance of good
schools, roads, and reliable utility services to companies and industries
that provide jobs in a community.
Gordon added, "I will continue working with
local and state officials and agencies to ensure we have a viable,
aggressive economic development plan in place for the Upper Cumberland."
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