Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Decrease In Preliminary 4th Of July Traffic Fatalities

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced a decline in traffic fatalities during this year’s 4th of July holiday period. Early estimates indicate seven people were killed in traffic crashes across the state during the 96-hour holiday – a decrease from the 19 vehicular deaths during the 2013 4th of July period. 

This year’s holiday vehicular fatalities included five vehicle occupants and two motorcyclists. Three of the victims (60%) were not wearing seat belts and one of the fatalities was alcohol-related.

  

State troopers arrested 119 individuals on suspicion of DUI and issued 1,414 seat belt citations during the 96-hour holiday period. 

If this year’s preliminary figures stand, it would rank as one of the lowest number of traffic deaths during the 4th of July holiday period on record. The highest number of vehicular fatalities occurred during the July 4th holiday period in 1996. Twenty-seven people died in traffic crashes that year. 

Preliminary statistical data for 2014 4th of July holiday period is attached. Please note that the statistical data for the July 4th holiday weekend is preliminary and is subject to change due to some delays in reporting. 




VIDEO: Chattanooga Dog Balances Wine Glass With Wine On His Head

Ralfi, a whippet and Jack Russell mix residing in Chattanooga, has perfect balance. He can even balance a wine glass on his head - complete with wine in the glass. Ralfi belongs to Jenny Eberhart. (click for more)

Tennessee American Water Invites Residents To Water Fest

Tennessee American Water invites area residents to its upcoming Water Fest on Thursday. The open house is free and includes plant tours, educational demonstrations, children’s activities, face painting and refreshments. In addition several community partners will be on-hand to show how water is connected to almost everything we do.  “We are excited to host this first-ever ... (click for more)

Man, 28, Shot And Killed In East Chattanooga

A 28-year-old man was shot and killed in East Chattanooga early Friday morning. The victim was identified as Jeremy Clark, a brother of House candidate Dennis Clark. Dennis Clark said, "Jeremy, a beloved son, my younger brother and dear friend to many, was taken from us too soon. The pain from our sudden and tragic loss is Indescribable. He was a compassionate and fun-loving ... (click for more)

Siedlecki Files Amended Financial Disclosure After GOP Files Complaint; Lists Personal Loan Rather Than In-Kind Contribution

Democratic assessor of property candidate Mark Siedlecki filed an amended financial disclosure form on Friday afternoon after county Republicans said he accepted far above the legal limit from a corporation he heads. The new disclosure said he made personal loans totaling $38,288 to the campaign. It does not include any in-kind contributions. The earlier forms listed ... (click for more)

Olympic Events On The Ocoee River Made History – But It Wasn’t Easy

It started with a simple “what if” question while Atlanta officials were working on a bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.  A group of amateur kayakers from the city began asking themselves: “What if Atlanta’s bid is successful? Then where would the Olympic whitewater canoe and kayak races be held?”  To some of the members of that group, the answer was obvious. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Don’t Kick A Man’s Neck

From the minute my brothers and I each became cognizant, my dad started teaching us the rules of becoming a man. Dad was from deep in Mississippi and he’d been taught a lot of life’s secrets from his father. These lessons have been passed for generations and, the older I have become, I’m convinced a lot of them were borne from The Sermon on the Mount. Our favorite, back in the ... (click for more)