Tennessee News

Despite Recent Death, House Fire Safety Has Improved

Gary Vaughn was mentally ill and homeless, but neighbors on Humber Street in South , Tenn., had known him for years and took care of him. On the evening of Sept. 28, they saw smoke and flames erupting from the …

Poole Re-Elected Head of National Road Safety Group

Tennessee’s chief road safety official has been re-elected as head of the national Governors Highway Safety Association. Kendell Poole, the director of the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office, was voted in to a second yearlong term at the association’s annual …

Rains are Chance to Practice Lessons of 2010 Flood

Unusually heavy summer rainfalls in Tennessee have given the agencies involved in flood control and emergency management a chance to show that they have learned to cooperate after the disastrous missteps of 2010. That’s the year heavy flooding of the …

Tennessee Labor Department to Discuss Workers’ Comp Changes

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is holding a series of seminars across the state to explain the Workers’ Compensation Reform Act of 2013. The bill removes injured workers’ claims from state trial courts and instead creates a …

Tennessee Governor Names Chief of New Workers’ Comp Division

Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named Abbie Hudgens as the head of the state’s new Workers’ Compensation Division. Hudgens, who had already been focusing on injured workers issues within the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, begins her …

Workers’ Compensation Changes Focus of Tennessee Conference

Changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system will be the focus of the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference this week. The three-day conference begins on Wednesday at the Nashville Airport Marriot. The conference includes specific sessions on getting ahead of …

Mayor Scolds Assisted Living Center CEO, Residents Moving to Hotels

More than 100 residents of an assisted living center in Chattanooga, Tenn., are being moved to hotel rooms. The move comes six days after an electrical fire forced their evacuation from Patten Towers and into a shelter, where they have …

Tennessee Driver Chokes on Coffee, Hits Building

A Knoxville, Tenn., man says his coffee went “down the wrong pipe” as he was driving to work and he crashed through a building. Casper Martelli told the Knoxville News Sentinel his wife said it was the last cup of …

Tennessee City of Niota Functioning Again, Has Insurance

City government is operating again in Niota after a four-day shutdown because of no liability insurance. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Niota reached a 60-day agreement Monday night with the Tennessee Municipal League pool. The league initially declined …

Tennessee City Plans to Rekindle Junior Firefighters

The city of Jasper, Tenn., is restarting its junior firefighter program. Teens between 15-17 will be able to apply. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to rekindle the program, which was canceled so long ago that no one seems …