TDOT And TDOSHS Launch Public Safety Campaign; Deadly Crashes Up, Traffic Volumes Down

Monday, January 25, 2021
Tennessee Department of Transportation and their partners at the Department of Safety and Homeland Security are teaming up to raise public awareness of the alarming fatality crash rate on Tennessee’s roadway. "It’s not OK for the number of deadly crashes to be at an all-time high in a year where traffic was at an all-time low, officials said.
 
“In 2020, fatalities increased nearly 7 percent, while traffic was down approximately 13 percent in Tennessee,” said TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright.
“This number is staggering and it’s not OK. We want motorists to take notice and work with us in making a change.”
 
“Last year, we saw 1,211 fatalities on state highways,” Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long said. “The loss of life is never easy, especially when it could have been avoided. We encourage the public to make safe choices when traveling. Obey the speed limit, stay off your phone, don’t drive distracted or impaired and please wear your seat belt. Those simple choices will greatly cut down the chances of you dying in a crash.” 
 
Of the 1,211 fatalities in 2020, 396 were unrestrained; that is 32 percent more than 2019. The urban and rural areas of our state were up 56 percent and 44 percent in fatalities. Shelby County leads the way with a total of 244 roadway fatalities in 2020; that’s 20 percent of the total deaths.
 
Throughout this week on social media, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as TDOT will be posting information to raise awareness of the importance of driving safe.
 
In addition to social media, safety messages are being displayed on TDOT’s overheard Dynamic Message Signs on interstates in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.


Scenic City Clay Arts Announces “The Joy of Clay” Virtual Auction

Rotaract Club Of Chattanooga Announces New Member Class Of 2021

New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses


Scenic City Clay Arts will be hosting The Joy of Clay, a virtual auction benefiting the nonprofit ceramic studio beginning March 16-21. “Clay matters because clay brings joy to so many,” ... (click for more)

The Rotaract Club of Chattanooga announced it has added six new members to the organization. Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young professionals, age 22-35, who put service to ... (click for more)

Here are the new marriage licenses from the County Clerk's office: JOSEPH CALDWELL, JR GWENDOLYN MCCAULEY FEARS 7750 VISTA HILLS DR 7750 VISTA HILLS DR CHATTANOOGA, TN 37416 CHATTANOOGA, ... (click for more)



Happenings

Scenic City Clay Arts Announces “The Joy of Clay” Virtual Auction

Scenic City Clay Arts will be hosting The Joy of Clay, a virtual auction benefiting the nonprofit ceramic studio beginning March 16-21. “Clay matters because clay brings joy to so many,” said Alex Quarles, board president of Scenic City Clay Arts. “Whether you find peace in creating with clay or find happiness in bringing ceramics into your home for daily use and enjoyment, ... (click for more)

Rotaract Club Of Chattanooga Announces New Member Class Of 2021

The Rotaract Club of Chattanooga announced it has added six new members to the organization. Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young professionals, age 22-35, who put service to others above self in an effort to enhance their local community. “We are excited to announce our new member class of 2021 and welcome these future community leaders to our organization,” ... (click for more)

Breaking News

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County Health Department Switching Some Resources From Testing To Vaccinations

The Hamilton County Health Department’s COVID testing site at Alstom will be closed Wednesdays and Sundays beginning this week. The site will continue operations five days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “With the increase in both the demand and supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, we have remained flexible in our efforts and redirected ... (click for more)

Opinion

COVID Vaccine: Fomenting Fear And Spreading Disinformation

Tennesseans have proven we are resilient and determined moving through the COVID pandemic response. Getting to this point in our state -- one of only a handful that has economic growth, open schools and an ability to see a light at the end of this proverbial tunnel -- has taken unbelievable effort. Yet, one revelation of many over the last year has been the need to reject those ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In March

It was about midnight last night, just at the point we flip a page on the calendar, when the month of March arrived in the middle of a thunderstorm. You bet, just as it has for ages, this month arrives like a lion and eases out 31 days from now as a lamb. I could hardly mind the thunder; I am so glad to see the arrival of spring and the promise my flowers will awake from their winter’s ... (click for more)