Traffic fatalities in Tennessee have dramatically increased this year compared to last year with law enforcement agencies across the region taking a proactive approach in an effort to reduce the numbers.
Since January, Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that there were 531 fatal wrecks, compared to a total of 493 last year.
THP’s latest figures also show 74 motorcyclists have died on state roadways, compared to a total of 64 deaths during the same time period last year.
409 out of the 531 fatal wrecks this year involved passenger vehicles.
In Clarksville, Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says the number of fatalities that occurred this year are about to exceed last year’s numbers.
Clarksville Police have released the name of the man killed in a motorcycle wreck over the weekend.
A news release from Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says 42-year old Joseph Weyand of Clarksville died when he ran off the road in a curve and hit a culvert at 957 Swift Drive. Weyand’s bike went airborne and he was pronounced dead on the scene.
The number of people killed on Kentucky roadways this year continues to run well ahead of last year’s pace and last week was another deadly one.
Preliminary statistics from Kentucky State Police show 15 people died in 15 separate crashes last week—with nine of the 14 victims in motor vehicles not wearing a seat belt.
The 15th victim was on a motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet and two of the wrecks involved alcohol. Fatal wrecks in western Kentucky happened in Calloway, Crittenden and Daviess Counties.
Through Sunday, 406 people had died on Kentucky roadways this year, which was 45 more than the number from a year ago. Sixty-nine of those victims died in wrecks involving the suspected use of alcohol.
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer says his office will be much more transparent than his predecessor’s.
Former Commissioner Richie Farmer has come under scrutiny and has been through numerous investigations for alleged misdeeds during his two terms in that post. Farmer’s hiring practices have also been called into question, with Comer saying he has been able to let some of the “bad apples go,” while keeping some of the good employees on the force.
Comer says a new department website will soon be launched where Kentuckians can look over all expenses and revenues at their convenience.
Commissioner Comer says there are also other projects in the works to make his department more accessible and transparent.
The apartment building fire on West 19th Street Saturday evening apparently began inside a wall.
The report from the Hopkinsville Fire Department says the blaze started around 10 minutes after 6 at 105 West 19th, which is near the Bethel Street intersection.
Crews had to cut into the wall from the inside and outside to get to the blaze that apparently began with electrical wiring.
The fire did 10-thousand dollars worth of damage to the structure and a thousand dollars worth to contents. The structure belongs to Sandifer Property Management of Hopkinsville.