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Christmas in the Country kicks off Friday evening
Miller injured in Saturday 111 collision
THP ready for Thankgiving holiday enforcement

Christmas in the Country kicks off Friday evening

Lyndon Johnson photo
Above, students from the Leadership Overton Youth Academy Class of 2010-2011 decorate the Livingston Christmas tree on the Courthouse Square on Monday, Nov. 22. The tree was being decorated in preparation for Christmas in the Country, which kicks off Friday, Nov. 26 on the Courthouse Square. This year marks the 10th year Leadership Overton Youth Academy has decorated the town’s official Christmas tree.
Christmas in the Country will kick off Friday night at 5 p.m., with Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes lighting the tree. This year’s Christmas in the Country celebration is set to run four weeks, to be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. each Friday night through December 17. Events will include live music, free hot cocoa, coffee, hot cider, popcorn, hot roasted peanuts, carriage rides downtown, a chili fundraiser for the Spay/Neuter Incentive Program of Overton County, and shopping specials at many of the merchants around the Square, who will stay open late during the event. Santa Claus will even make an appearance at the Millard Oakley Public Library each night of the event.



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Miller injured in Saturday 111 collision

A traffic collision in Putnam County Saturday, Nov. 20 closed Highway 111 and required an Overton County resident to be flown to Erlanger.
According to an incident report from Tennessee Highway Patrol, Judy Miller, 60, of the Spring Creek community was driving southbound on Highway 111 in the right lane when her 2007 Toyota Camry sedan struck a 2002 Ford F-250 pickup truck that was parked on the shoulder of the road, disabled.

The truck, which had Kentucky license plates, had been abandoned.
Miller, who was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash, was flown via air ambulance to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, though the extent of her injuries were not clear based on the THP report. Overton County News was unable to verify Miller’s condition at press time.

THP Trooper Jonathan Reed investigated the incident.



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THP ready for Thankgiving holiday enforcement

With millions of Americans hitting the roads this holiday season, Tennessee Highway Patrol will be kicking up its Thanksgiving Day enforcement from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24 through midnight Sunday, Nov. 28.

State troopers, who will also be conducting a 12-hour “C.A.R.E. Across Tennessee” campaign from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 24, have a message for motorists traveling through the state – “Let your little light shine.”

To participate in the C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Enforcement) safe driving campaign, drivers are encouraged to travel with their headlights on to indicate their commitment for safe driving, seat belt usage, and traffic law compliance. In addition, State Troopers will be assigned to every 10-mile stretch of road on both the eastbound and westbound lanes of travel on Interstate 40.

Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell said, “In addition to the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend enforcement, our state troopers are covering a large portion of the interstate to ensure motorists are obeying the law and wearing seat belts, especially. We want to increase our visibility and remind everyone to start the holidays off on the right foot and buckle up on every trip.”

Although safety belt usage climbed to 87% in 2010, more than 56% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in Tennessee traffic crashes were not wearing a safety belt in 2009. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on any given day about 38 passenger vehicle occupants who are not buckled up are killed in motor vehicle crashes. Research shows that it is almost nine times safer to wear a safety belt.

THP Colonel Tracy Trott said, “Our C.A.R.E. campaign and holiday enforcement is a chance for motorists to stand in solidarity with us by turning on their headlights to send a strong message that if you are not wearing a seatbelt, or driving aggressively or drunk, and displaying a total disregard for the law and human life, will not be tolerated. We want everyone traveling through Tennessee and beyond to get to their destination safely.”

Ten people were killed in eight fatal crashes on Tennessee roads during the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday 102-hour period. That is the same number as 2008 and fewer than the 13 people who died in 2007. Five of the seven vehicle occupants who were killed during the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday weekend were not wearing safety restraints.

NHTSA statistics show that those least likely to buckle up are teens, young adults, males, nighttime riders, motorists traveling on rural roads, and individuals traveling in pickup trucks. In 2009 alone, more than 11,500 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants lost their lives on U.S. roadways.
“The ultimate goal is to boost seat belt usage and save lives,” added Colonel Trott.

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA. Research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45%, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50%.

As of November 18, preliminary statistics indicate that 934 people have died on Tennessee roadways in 2010, an increase of 61 deaths compared to 873 fatalities at this same time a year ago. Statewide, fatalities are up this year after a year in 2009 when fatalities fell to their lowest level since 1963.

Kendell Poole, director of Governor’s Highway Safety Office, said, “All it takes is a couple of seconds to buckle your seatbelt. If people would take this one simple and easy step before they get in a vehicle, Tennessee fatalities could be reduced significantly.”







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