Safety & Homeland Security

MEDIA ADVISORY: Between the Barrels Visits Page High School

Thursday, March 19, 2009 | 11:18 am

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will deliver the “Between the Barrels” presentation to 650 high school students at Page High School in Williamson County, Friday, March 20, 2009. The safe driving program is geared to students who are just learning to drive to reduce the chances of being involved in a dangerous work zone crash.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Wilson County Driver Service Center

Monday, March 16, 2009 | 10:36 am

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety’s Driver Service Center in Wilson County will be upgrading its computer network on Thursday, March 19, 2009. The enhancement to the system will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., on that day. The Driver Service Center, located at 725 Elkins Drive in Lebanon, will remain open during this three hour window to offer limited services, such as knowledge tests; however, no driver licenses or identification licenses can be issued during that time period.

THP Urges Motorists to Drive Responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day

Friday, March 13, 2009 | 03:40 pm

Don’t Rely on the Luck of the Irish - Designate a Sober Driver

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety reminds residents to designate a sober driver and don’t rely on luck this St. Patrick’s Day.  Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers will conduct nearly 40 sobriety and driver license checkpoints across the state in an effort to get impaired drivers off the road. The official St. Patrick’s Day holiday begins at 6:00 p.m., March 16, 2009, and runs through 6:59 a.m. on March 18, 2009.

United States Honor Flag Makes First Ever Stop In Tennessee

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | 03:45 pm
U.S. Honor Flag Flying Atop Capitol
U.S. Honor Flag Flying Atop Capitol
U.S. Honor Flag Flight Arrives
U.S. Honor Flag Flight Arrives
U.S. Honor Flag Presented to THP Honor Guard
U.S. Honor Flag Presented to THP Honor Guard
U.S. Honor Flag Escorted by THP Honor Guard
U.S. Honor Flag Escorted by THP Honor Guard

NASHVILLE --- The United States Honor Flag arrived in Nashville this afternoon and flew over the Tennessee State Capitol to honor recently fallen TBI agent Lt. Eric Emmert and Sequatchie County Sheriff’s deputy, Lt. David Gann, and all other fallen heroes. This is the first time the U.S. Honor Flag has flown in the State of Tennessee.

The U.S. Honor flag departed Miami, Florida, Wednesday morning on American Airlines Flight 1518. The flag traveled in the cockpit with the pilot during the flight, and when it touched down at Nashville International Airport just after 1:00 p.m., the plane was met by a water-cannon salute. The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Honor Guard, along with dozens of officers from several agencies including the THP, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Army National Guard, Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department, Nashville International Airport Department of Public Safety, and Metro Nashville Police, met the pilot at the gate to receive the flag. A motorcade escorted the U.S. Honor Flag to the State Capitol where it flew at half-staff, honoring all fallen heroes and those currently protecting our lives, homes and our country.  

1st Lieutenant William Eric Emmert, a TBI Special Agent and former Tennessee State Trooper, was killed in action February 24, 2009, while serving his country in Mosul, Iraq.
 
Lieutenant David Charles Gann, a member of the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department, was killed in an automobile crash while on duty on February 17, 2009.
 
BACKGROUND:
The U.S. Honor Flag originally flew over the Capitol Building of the State of Texas. Shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks, the flag was sent to New York City, where it was flown at ground zero during the recovery efforts and at memorial services. Family members requested the flag be used for all other service men and women around the nation, honoring them just as the heroes of 9/11 were honored. Since then, the U.S. Honor Flag has been flown to cities all around the nation, and in October 2004, the flag traveled to Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq.
 
For more information about the U.S. Honor Flag, contact The Honor Network President Chris Heisler at 512-743-5819 or visit the organization’s website at www.USHonorFlag.org.

Tennessee State Trooper Candidate for National Trooper of the Year

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | 03:18 pm
Trooper Charles Forsythe
Trooper Charles Forsythe

NASHVILLE --- A Tennessee State Trooper has been named the International Association of Chiefs of Police/Motorola Trooper of the Year for the Southern Region and is now a finalist for the national award. Trooper Charles “Andy” Forsythe was nominated for the honor because of his heroic acts after a fiery traffic crash last spring.   

On May 23, 2008, Trooper Forsythe was on routine patrol in Weakley County and came upon a two-vehicle crash.   People were trapped in a van that was involved in the crash, and a fire had ignited underneath the vehicle. Trooper Forsythe called for assistance and then attempted to rescue the victims. He used his baton to break out the vehicle’s window and windshield, and with the help of some bystanders, freed several of the victims. 

MEDIA ADVISORY: United States Honor Flag to Arrive in Nashville Wednesday

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | 03:36 pm

NASHVILLE --- The United States Honor Flag will arrive in Nashville on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, to honor recently fallen TBI agent Lt. Eric Emmert and Sequatchie County Sheriff’s deputy, Lt. David Gann. Both men were killed last month in the line of duty.  The U.S. Honor Flag will fly over the Tennessee State Capitol honoring all fallen heroes and those currently serving our communities and protecting our lives, homes and our country.  This is the first time the U.S. Honor Flag has flown in the State of Tennessee. 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Tenny C. Bear to Visit Young Patients at Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital

Monday, March 09, 2009 | 02:54 pm

NASHVILLE --- One of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s newest members will make a special visit to patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. Tenny C. Bear travels all over Tennessee teaching children the important steps they need to take to protect themselves. From how to buckle up to boarding a school bus, Tenny C. Bear’s goal is to save lives and prevent injuries. Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers and members from the SAFE KIDS Coalition will also participate in the visit.  The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is a proud leader of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the lead organization of the SAFE KIDS Coalition of Cumberland Valley.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Between the Barrels Visits Clarksville High School

Monday, March 09, 2009 | 10:40 am

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will deliver the “Between the Barrels” presentation to 500 high school students at Clarksville High School in Montgomery County, Tuesday, March 10, 2009. The safe driving program is geared to students who are just learning to drive to reduce the chances of being involved in a dangerous work zone crash.