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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Chattanooga.

Wednesday
Oct222014

State Health Officials Announce Ebola Resources for Tennesseans 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Health announced three new Ebola virus resources for state residents Wednesday, offering a toll-free number and online information to Tennesseans.

Residents with questions about the disease can call 1-877-857-2945 Monday through Friday, and additional information will be available on the TDH website, including summaries of weekly activities.

In the event of a confirmed case of Ebola in the state, the health department will make a public announcement and post information to the TDH online site, according to officials.

“We are glad there is increased awareness about this disease and we especially appreciate the efforts of our health care partners in prevention, detection and response planning,” TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner said. “We all need to have an understanding of where the current risk exists and to make sure our concerns are based on facts and not on rumors.”


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Tuesday
Oct212014

TBI Launches Program to Protect Agents from Painkiller Risks 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launched a program Monday to help protect agents from painkiller risks.

Law enforcement agencies have reported an increase in exposure to fentanyl, a "powerful and potentially deadly painkiller" used in heroin recoveries.

TBI crime labs have received several samples of heroin laced with fentanyl and pure fentanyl packaged as heroin, according to officials. The drug can be absorbed through the skin and accidentally inhaled, with effects of overdose ranging from breathing problems to death.

Through the initiative, agents will receive naloxone, an antidote for opioid overdose.

“Every day, our Agents and Forensic Scientists work tirelessly to pursue justice for the people of Tennessee,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “This new program better protects them from the risks they might encounter while doing that important work. It also gives them a resource to potentially save the lives of citizens who might unintentionally overdose on opioids.”


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Monday
Oct202014

TN Highway Patrol Urges Motorists to Watch Out for Deer 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is asking motorists to exercise caution on state roads as deer-mating and hunting season begins.

“The fall season is the most active time of year for deer-related crashes. We want to remind drivers to watch out for deer on or around the roadways, especially at dawn or after sunset,” Col. Tracy Trott said in a statement Monday.

State officials recommend motorists be attentive and drive defensively, constantly scanning the roadside at daybreak and dusk. Experts say as one deer crosses the road, more are expected to follow. Drivers are also discouraged from swerving to avoid contact with the animals as the car could flip or crash into oncoming traffic.

Drivers are encouraged to dial *847 (*THP) for assistance in the event of deer incident.

In 2013, two people were killed in traffic collisions involving deer. Officials also reported 6,135 deer-related crashes last year, a 3.2 percent increase from 2012.


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Friday
Oct172014

Man in Custody Minutes After Bank Robbery 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A man was taken into custody less than 15 minutes after he reportedly robbed a bank in Nashville.

The Nashville Police Department reports that Raymond Penn Jr. allegedly gave a demand note to a teller at a bank Thursday afternoon. The teller complied and Penn fled.

A few minutes later, a police officer spotted a man who matched the description of the bank robber. The man, identified as Penn, was taken into custody.

Penn will face a federal bank robbery charge.


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Thursday
Oct162014

Two Men At-Large After Armed Robbery at Wendy's

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Authorities are searching for two men who robbed a Wendy's in Nashville on October 10.

The Nashville Police Department says both men jumped over the counter at the restaurant. One robber forced the cashier to open the register while the other suspect, who was armed, made the manager go into the office.

According to police, the suspect who stayed with the clerk is described as a black man standing at 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds. The second suspect is described as a black man with dreads who stands at 5 feet 8 inches tall and and weighs 180 pounds.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.


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