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Two Killed, 68 arrested during New Year's 102-hour Period
WVLT/AP/Peg Broadcasting News. Friday January 9, 2015

Two people were killed in alcohol-related crashes statewide during the 102-hour New Year's Eve period. During last yearís New Yearís holiday period, 16 people were killed in traffic crashes on Tennessee roadways . The Tennessee Highway Patrol's "no refusal" drunken driving enforcement over the New Year's holiday period netted 68 arrests. Under the state's "no refusal" law, troopers can compel suspected drunken drivers to give blood samples. That law was strictly enforced in Roane, McMinn, Rutherford, Shelby, Washington, Cumberland, Maury and Hardin counties over a five-day period surrounding the holiday. Six drivers' blood was taken after they refused to be tested at checkpoints. Troopers also issued 306 seat belt violations in the eight counties.


UT to offer public viewings of Comet Lovejoy
WBIR Friday January 9, 2015

The University of Tennessee is inviting area stargazers a chance to see a newly discovered comet that wonít return for thousands of years. According to WBIR, Comet Lovejoy will be visible to the naked eye. UT will host public viewings Friday and Saturday nights, Jan. 9 and 10, from the roof of the Alvin H. Nielsen Physics Building on the Hill, starting at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Comet Lovejoy has already proven to be special. In December, the comet flew through the sunís atmosphere for nearly and hour and emerged intact, which amazed scientists who did not think its icy core was big enough to survive the several million degree solar corona. Once Comet Lovejoy passes beyond our sight, it won't return for another 8,000 years.


2014-15 Deer Hunting Season Coming to a Close
TWRA Friday January 9, 2015

Deer hunting season is coming to a close in Tennessee. The second Young Sportsman Hunt is Jan. 10-11. For the Young Sportsman Hunt, youth, 6-16 years of age, are allowed to participate. The young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years of age who must remain in a position to take control of the hunting device. The accompanying adult must comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youth may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult.


Temporary closures for Cades Cove Loop Road
WVLT Friday January 9, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the temporary closure of the Cades Cove Loop Road to complete hazard tree removal. The road will be closed to all pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists January 13 through January 15. In addition to the Cades Cove Loop Road, hazard trees will be removed from the Cades Cove Campground. The campground will remain open during the closure, but campers may be relocated during the work period. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)


Cumberland County Sheriff opens contest to name new K9
WVLT Friday January 9, 2015

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department is getting a new dog - and they're looking for a great name. The new dog is male and his name must be two syllables only. Local 8 Now says Sheriff Casey Cox has asked for comments on their Facebook page. It's proved to be a popular contest - so far, there are more than 400 name suggestions on the page for the sheriff's office to choose from.


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