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THP: One woman dies from a hit and run in Anderson County
WVLT Monday March 13, 2017

One woman died from a hit and run in Anderson County, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Investigators told Local 8 News 25-year-old Isaac A. Irwin was traveling South on Clinton Highway when he hit and killed 35-year-old Jade Richardson early Sunday morning near West Wolf Valley Road.
Officers said Irwin was driving under the influence and never stopped his vehicle when he realized he hit Richardson.
25-year-old Destany L. Cotner was in the vehicle with Irwin. Police said she was also under the influence.
Both Irwin and Cotner were taken into custody unharmed.
Police said Irwin is charged with driving under the influence, driving while license is revoked and leaving the scene of a crash with death involved.


Two teens in custody after leading police on high-speed chase through East Tennessee, crashing van in Chattanooga
WVLT Monday March 13, 2017

Two teenage boys were taken in to custody after taking a van from the Smoky Mountain Children's home in Sevierville and crashing it in Chattanooga Sunday night.

Dispatchers from Sevier County, Knox County and the Tennessee Highway Patrol told Local 8 News the teens took a 15 passenger van and headed from Sevier County through Knox County then south on I-75.

The van was seen driving around 100 miles per hour before it crashed in Chattanooga.

Go Fund Me Account Established For Wadsworth Family Tragedy

Go Fund Me Account Established For Wadsworth Family Tragedy
Peg Broadcasting News Monday March 13, 2017

The Eco Travel Plaza in Crossville has set up a Go Fund Me Account to help raise money for the Wadsworth Family who tragically lost their 7-year-old daughter Tara in a house fire over the weekend. On the site, Brenton Demko says team members are asking the public to help them “raise money for food, clothing and memorial costs associated with this terrible event”.

Donations can me made online at https://www.gofundme.com/wadsworth-family-tragedy

Early Saturday morning, emergency personnel responded to a house fire on Highway 70 East in Cumberland County, near the 4000th block in Crab Orchard. According to reports, a female was trapped in her room. The crews were on scene for over six hours. There were reportedly nearly 50 firefighters and 8 trucks on scene, with one firefighter treated for smoke inhalation. Three others fell through the floor, but did no sustain injuries. One fatality, 7-year-old Tara Wadsworth, was reported from the fire. The home was not able to be salvaged, and the source of the fire has not yet been confirmed.

(Photo Courtesy Eco Travel Plaza, gofundme)


THA Opposes Health Care Plan
AP Monday March 13, 2017

The Tennessee Hospital Association has come out against a new congressional health care proposal that would repeal and replace the Obama health care law, saying Tennesseans could lose health coverage if the measure passes into law.

The organization's president and CEO, Craig Becker, said in statement Friday that a significant number of the roughly 230,000 Tennesseans currently covered by the program could lose their coverage because the new plan cuts federal subsidies to help people pay for insurance.

The hospital association acknowledged real challenges with the law as it is now. However, Becker said the new measure proposed by House Republicans could drive up the costs of uncompensated care.

The hospital association says Tennessee hospitals provide nearly $2 billion annually in services to the uninsured.


State Fire Marshal: Check Smoke Alarms When Changing Clocks this Weekend
tn.gov Sunday March 12, 2017

The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to take the time to check their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting clocks forward one hour this Sunday night, March 12, 2017.

“As Daylight Saving Time begins, we encourage citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms if necessary and check the age of these important devices,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Any smoke alarm 10 years old or older should be replaced entirely as it may not function properly in the event of an emergency.”

Smoke alarms more than 10 years old no longer offer a reliable level of safety and are often the source for nuisance alarms. The SFMO urges all residents to determine how old their smoke alarms are (the date of manufacture is located on the back of the alarm). If they’re 10 years old or older, they should be replaced immediately. This includes smoke alarms that use 10-year batteries and/or are hard-wired.

State fire data indicates that 70 percent of Tennessee residential structure fires in 2016 occurred in homes where no smoke alarm was known to have been present. In addition, 46 percent of smoke alarm failures during that period were due to missing or dead batteries in the device.

Both state and national data reflect that many fatal fires occur at night while the victims are sleeping. The smoke and toxic gases generated by a fire can cause people to sleep more deeply, narrowing the chances of surviving a fire. A working smoke alarm can double the chances of survival by increasing the amount of time a person has to escape a fire in their home.

For more information on making your home fire-safe, download and print the State Fire Marshal’s home fire safety checklist. Tennessee residents can request a free smoke alarm by visiting www.tn.gov/fire.


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