Safety & Homeland Security

THP Promotes Betty Blair to Captain of Office of Professional Responsibility

Monday, April 13, 2009 | 11:52 am

Betty Blair
Betty Blair

NASHVILLE --- Today, The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced the promotion of Betty Blair to Captain of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).   The Office of Professional Responsibility is charged with managing investigative and disciplinary processes for the Department of Safety. Blair replaces Captain Vic Donoho who was appointed to Nashville District Captain in February.

TDOS Recognizes Dispatcher of the Year

Monday, April 13, 2009 | 10:00 am

Michael Gladney
Michael Gladney

NASHVILLE --- Governor Phil Bredesen has proclaimed the second week of April as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Tennessee, and the Tennessee Department of Safety is celebrating by honoring the department’s more than 80 dispatchers working across the state. Eight of those dispatchers were recognized this morning as Dispatcher of the Year for their district. The awards were announced at 10:30 a.m., during a ceremony held at the Department of Safety Training Center located at 275 Stewarts Ferry Pike in Nashville.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Between the Barrels Visits Robertson County

Monday, April 13, 2009 | 06:40 am

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will deliver the “Between the Barrels” presentation to 315 high school students at Jo Byrns High School in Robertson County, Monday, April 13, 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: TDOS Prepares to Announce Dispatcher of the Year

Thursday, April 09, 2009 | 02:41 pm

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Department of Safety will be celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week by honoring one dispatcher from each of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s eight districts as “Dispatcher of the Year.” The ceremony will be held Monday, April 13, 2009, at the Department of Safety’s Training Center.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Between the Barrels FCCLA Conference

Wednesday, April 08, 2009 | 09:42 am

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will deliver the “Between the Barrels” presentation to 1000 students at the Tennessee Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Conference, Thursday, April 9, 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: Between the Barrels Visits Fairview High School

Thursday, April 02, 2009 | 10:06 am

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will deliver the “Between the Barrels” presentation to 700 high school students at Fairview High School in Williamson County, Friday, April 3, 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.

High Speed Chase Ends in Arrest of BP Robbery Suspect

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 | 10:19 am
Trooper Todd Pitts
Trooper Todd Pitts

NASHVILLE --- A robbery suspect is in custody after leading a Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper on a high speed chase in Robertson County. 

At approximately 2:54 a.m. (CST), Trooper Todd Pitts was advised by dispatch of an armed robbery at the BP gas station just off I-24 at exit 11 in Montgomery County. The BOLO report indicated that a suspect in a gray Dodge Durango had robbed the BP station at gunpoint. 
 
Trooper Pitts made contact with the suspect vehicle at a MAPCO station just off the interstate at exit 24 in Robertson County. The suspect had just completed pumping gas at the station when Trooper Pitts motioned to the driver to stop so he could ask him some questions. Initially, the driver complied with a request from Trooper Pitts to see his license, but refused a request to turn off his ignition, and instead spun out and fled the scene. 
 

THP Colonel Mike Walker Honored with National Award

Monday, March 30, 2009 | 02:38 pm

NASHVILLE --- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today that Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Mike Walker won the organization’s Award of Public Service. The announcement was made this afternoon at the 27th Annual Lifesavers Conference being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Colonel Walker
Colonel Walker
Colonel Walker and Brian McLaughlin, NHTSA Senior Associate Administrator
Colonel Walker and Brian McLaughlin, NHTSA Senior Associate Administrator
Colonel Walker receiving the NHTSA Award for Public Service
Colonel Walker receiving the NHTSA Award for Public Service

MEDIA ADVISORY: Between the Barrels Visits Franklin High School

Thursday, March 26, 2009 | 01:11 pm

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will deliver the “Between the Barrels” presentation to 1,800 high school students at Franklin High School in Williamson County, Friday, March 27, 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: Between the Barrels Visits Summertown High School

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 | 01:42 pm

NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will deliver the “Between the Barrels” presentation to 350 high school students at Summertown High School in Lawrence County, Thursday, March 26, 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.