Safety & Homeland Security

Tennessee Highway Patrol Arrests Wanted Felon from Michigan

Friday, September 12, 2014 | 04:30 pm

CHATTANOOGA – A Tennessee state trooper on Friday arrested a wanted felon from Michigan after locating the suspect driving on Interstate-24 in Hamilton County.  Early Friday morning, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) received notification from the Michigan State Police (MSP) advising that Mikos L. Harper, 26, of Mount Morris, Mich. was possibly in the Chattanooga area.  The MSP advised that Harper was a fugitive from justice who was armed and dangerous, possibly driving a 2006 black Chevy Malibu with a Michigan license tag.

Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Honors First Responders & Three Stars of Tennessee Recipients

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 10:48 am

NASHVILLE--- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security today hosted its annual First Responders Award ceremony to honor those who have dedicated their lives for the safety and security of all Tennesseans and to recognize the recipients of the inaugural “Three Stars of Tennessee Award.”  The event, which is part of National Preparedness Month activities, was held at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

State promotes September as emergency preparedness month

Monday, September 08, 2014 | 11:00 am


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There are dangers in everyday living that can become life-threatening without warning. How you prepare to handle those emergencies can mean the difference between being a survivor, or a victim. September is National Preparedness Month and state government is doing what it can to prepare itself and Tennesseans.


With September designated as national emergency preparedness month, the Tennessee Departments of Health, Military and Safety and Homeland Security are urging residents to plan now for what they would need to do in the event of an emergency, and to have a kit of materials to take care of themselves and their families.


“Preparedness is a state of mind; an attitude really,” David Purkey, Deputy Commissioner of TEMA and Homeland Security Advisor, said. “Our efforts are greatly amplified when the public does their part to be prepared by having a plan for emergencies.”

Tennessee promotes National Preparedness Month with Media Kick-Off

Thursday, September 04, 2014 | 06:04 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Departments of the Military, Safety & Homeland Security and Health will host a press conference at 10:30 a.m., CST, on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at the Military Department’s Headquarters on Sidco Drive in Nashville.

Haslam Appoints Task Force On Sentencing and Recidivism

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 10:27 am

Group to develop legislative and policy recommendations  
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the formation of the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism as part of the administration’s overall effort to reduce crime and improve public safety.
In June, the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet announced a partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice to review sentencing and correction policies and practices.  The creation of a task force is the next step in that collaboration.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Encourages Back to School Safety

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 | 03:40 pm

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is urging motorists to utilize extra caution in school zones, around school buses and in neighborhoods during the 2014-15 school year. State Troopers will work to raise school safety awareness, and target traffic violators, specifically those who speed in school zones, drive distracted and disregard stopped school buses that are loading and unloading children.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Introduces New Simulator for Teen Driver Education

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 | 02:56 pm

TENNESSEE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) today displayed the first of its kind teen driving simulator at the agency’s Training Center. The THP took a semi-trailer and converted it into a mobile driving simulator for teens. The trailer is another tool that the state’s highway patrol will utilize in its “Drive to Zero Fatalities” campaign.