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Distracted Driving on the Increase
WSMV Friday October 13, 2017

The number of crashes involving distracted driving in Tennessee is on the rise, according to statistics.
There have been just over 22,700 distracted driving crashes so far in 2017 with 81 of those being fatal.
That's up from 2016 when there were just over 23,000 for the entire year.
Law enforcement officials said it's not just texting and driving, it's anything that takes your eyes off the road including adjusting your GPS, changing the radio station, even eating.
A ticket for texting while driving costs about $60.
Adjusting your GPS or radio is also considered lack of due care and could result in a $150 fine.


Grundy Coach Suspended after Hazing Allegations
WRCB Friday October 13, 2017

A Grundy County football coach has been suspended from his job and five students have been charged as the Sheriff's Office continues its investigation of an attempted sexual assault.
The Grundy County Sheriff's Office says five students have been charged with attempted aggravated rape.
Authorities say the students went to the football field house to work out around 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday when one student tried to sexually assault another student with a metal broom handle. A third student recorded the incident with their phone.
Sheriff Clint Shrum says in the recording, the victim repeatedly told the offender to stop.
The victim's parents took the victim to a hospital for treatment.
The five students charged in the incident have been placed on house arrest with GPS monitors.
Superintendent Jessie Kinsey says Grundy County High School head football coach Casey Tate is suspended from coaching pending further investigation into new information provided Thursday.
Kinsey says assistant coach Greg Brewer will assume the role of head coach during this suspension.
The students are scheduled to appear in court on Monday morning.


Bye Week for Pioneers
Jay Walker Friday October 13, 2017

The Warren County Pioneers are off this week after eight consecutive weeks of action. The Pioneers, who are 3-5, return to action next Friday night at home against Riverdale on Senior Night at 7pm.


Burn Permits Required
Thursday October 12, 2017

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is observing National Fire Prevention Week by reminding citizens that burning permits must be obtained beginning Sunday, Oct. 15th, which is the official start of the wildfire season.
Burning permits can be obtained from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
Forestry officials say it's important, and required by law from October 15, 2017 to May 15, 2018, that citizens call for a burning permit and follow outdoor burning safety recommendations
The online burn permit system is free, fast and simple. If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size, log on to www.BurnSafeTN.orgfor approval. More than 300,000 permits are issued each year, and the online system provides a quick and efficient way to apply.
Burn permits are only issued when conditions are conducive to safe burning.
Burning without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine. Wildfires caused by arson are a class C felony punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Anyone with information about suspected arson activity should call the state Fire Marshal's Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.


Increase in Drug-addicted Babies in Tennessee
WRCB Thursday October 12, 2017

Tennessee has the second-highest rate of opioid prescriptions in the country, and
Tennesseans are twice as likely to know an infant born into drug withdrawal than the average American.
So far this year, 565 babies in Tennessee have been born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, better known as NAS.
They're considered drug dependent babies. Meaning 48 hours after the umbilical cord is cut, the infant begins going through drug withdrawal.
Each baby is assigned to a social worker who will evaluate their home life, before being released from the NICU.
In Tennessee, a woman could be prosecuted for the illegal use of a narcotic while pregnant, if her child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug. A woman could face aggravated assault charges and if she is convicted, face up to 15-years in prison.


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