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TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL INTERDICTION TROOPER DISCOVERS LARGE QUANTITY OF PRESCRIPTION PILLS ON TRAFFIC STOP; ARRESTS OHIO WOMAN ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES

Knoxville— Trooper Jonathan Scott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s East Bureau Interdiction Plus team initiated a traffic stop that led to the discovery of approximately 600 prescription pills and the arrest of an Ohio woman on felony drug charges in Knox County on Wednesday. Trooper Scott stopped a 2004 Jeep …

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Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Days Return April 18 and April 25

Private Forest Landowners Are Invited The 10-year anniversary of the Tennessee Healthy Hardwoods Field Days, sponsored in part by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, features a “Do-it-Yourself-Forestry” theme. This year the educational event will be held at Chickasaw State Forest in Chester County and the University of Tennessee …

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Tennessee Broadband Expansion Bill on Hold for Now

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), April 1, 2015 — Advocates for broadband expansion in Tennessee announced that efforts to extend community-based fiber optic networks are being placed on hold for now because there is not enough support among state lawmakers to change a state regulation that prevents the expansion of municipal fiber optic …

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State Fire Marshal’s Office urges caution with outdoor burning

NASHVILLE – The seasonable spring weather has sent Tennesseans outside to spruce up their properties. Because these maintenance efforts often include burning of tree limbs, lumber and other debris, the State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds homeowners to be aware of outdoor-burning safety precautions. “Negligent outdoor burning can lead to death, …

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Early Morning Fire Damages Duplex

Oak Ridge, Tenn. — A Hillside Road duplex was damaged by fire early Thursday morning by a fire that fire officials believe was caused by smoking. The 4:30 a.m. fire at 136 Hillside Road forced the evacuation of a father and son. Neither of the occupants were injured and firefighters …

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Good Samaritan Law seeks to provide senior citizens with transportation needs to help them remain independent

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), March 27, 2015 — Legislation which encourages good Samaritans to volunteer to transport senior citizens to places such as doctor appointments, the grocery store or the pharmacy has received final Senate approval. The Protection of Volunteer-Insured Drivers of the Elderly (PROVIDE) Act, sponsored by Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston), …

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SPECIALTY CROP BLOCK GRANT APPLICATIONS TO BE AVAILABLE ONLINE

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will soon accept applications for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These federal funds are granted to enhance production and competitiveness of specialty crops, including fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, tree nuts, floriculture and other nursery crops. The grants are authorized through …

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