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Olen Hutchison Dead At Age 61

Sunday, October 19, 2014 | 05:10 pm
Olen Hutchison, #144432
Olen Hutchison, #144432

NASHVILLE – Inmate Olen Hutchison has passed away today at age 61.  He was pronounced dead at approximately 8:55 a.m. at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution.  Hutchison died of natural causes.

Hutchison was convicted of First Degree Murder in Campbell County.  He was sentenced to death in 1991.

Tennessee Urges Citizens to Practice Wildfire Prevention

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 01:38 pm

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and the Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Fire Prevention are reminding homeowners to follow simple safety practices to prevent wildfires. The official start of wildfire season in Tennessee is Oct. 15.

“Burning vegetative material that has accumulated around the yard or using fire to clear an old field can be an efficient way to get rid of debris,” State Forester Jere Jeter said. “It’s important for citizens to know when, where and how to conduct a debris burn. The division’s burn permit system focuses attention on safety. Getting a permit is free, and takes only two minutes using our online system.”

The online burn permit system is fast and simple.  If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size, log on to for approval.  Of more than 300,000 burn permits issued last wildfire season, nearly 50,000 were issued online.

State Issues Alternate Numbers for 9-1-1 Emergency Services in West Tennessee

Monday, September 15, 2014 | 10:50 am

West Tennessee Experiencing Disruptions to cellular 9-1-1 systems

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Emergency Communications Board and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency have issued a series of Wireless Emergency Alerts for several West Tennessee counties due to a disruption of routing for cellular calls to 9-1-1 centers for emergency services.

High Rise Safety Important for More Tennesseans Every Year

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 09:00 am

NASHVILLE – A steadily increasing number of Tennesseans live or work in multi-story or high-rise buildings, structures for human occupancy more than 75 feet above the lowest level. To protect personal health and safety in these buildings, residents need to be aware of unique challenges associated with height and the ability of first responders to provide services in an emergency.