NASHVILLE --- Tennessee boaters have the month of June to renew their boat registration before the first fee increase in 12 years goes into effect on July 1, pending approval by the Government Operations Committee of the Tennessee General Assembly.
Any boating vessel operated by a gas engine, electric motor or sail is required to be registered. The increase is in line with the rise of the consumer price index since the last fee increase was made.
The current fee for a 16-foot boat and under is $13 for one year, $24 for two, and $35 for three. The new fees will be $15, $28, and $41, respectively. Vessels with a length over 16-feet to 26-feet will increase from $25 to $29 for a year. Those over 26 feet to 40 increases from $38 to $44 and vessels more than 40 feet moves from $51 to $59 for a year.
Boat owners have the option to have their vessels registered for one, two, or three years. The registration term may not exceed three years and 30 days. Boat owners will not see the increase until their current registration expires.
Those vessels that are powered only by paddle such as canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and rafts are not required to be registered. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports there are about 264,000 vessels registered.
Boat registration can be made online 24/7/365 at GoOutdoorsTennessee.com, Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at any TWRA regional office located in Jackson
(Region I), Nashville (Region II), Crossville (Region III), and Morristown (Region IV), or by mail.
Ofc. Julian, with the Algood Police Department, initiated a traffic stop on Hwy 111 Northbound on a green Honda Civic for speeding. The vehicle, slow to stop for the officer, finally pulled over just short of Officer’s Chapel Rd. The driver, Rebecca Bohannon, had active warrants out of Putnam County for Failure to Appear and Violation of Probation.
Ms. Bohannon was placed in custody for the warrants and gave consent to search her vehicle. The search proved fruitful as officers discovered several unknown pills, marijuana, numerous items of paraphernalia including scales and syringes, and 13.5 grams of methamphetamine.
In addition to the outstanding warrants, Ms. Bohannon is being charged with Possession of Methamphetamine for Resale, Possession of Legend Drug, Simple Possession, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and a citation for speeding. The Algood Police Department is also seizing the vehicle Ms. Bohannon was driving, a 2001 green Honda Civic.
Upper Cumberland Lawmakers Surprised an Early Warning System had not been Installed at Cummins Falls
Upper Cumberland lawmakers were surprised an early warning system had not been installed at Cummins Falls…following the latest tragedy at the state park.
State Senator Paul Bailey of Sparta says he hopes officials got the message,
“The new deputy commissioner of state parks contacted me (and) we’ve been in communications, and they are fast-tracking now getting this system in put in place, but the point is, ‘why did it take another death?’,” Bailey says.
A 2-year-old drowned and 64 people had to be rescued after being stranded by fast-rising water Sunday.
Tennessee’s new law banning hand-held cellphone use while driving takes effect July 1st.
Major Scott Winfree of the Cookeville Police Department explains,
“Basically, you don’t need to be holding the phone in your hand,” Winfrey says. “You can use a Bluetooth device, you can use the phone itself for it to be hands-free and talk on it. You can run your Bluetooth through your vehicle.”
A homeless Cookeville man was arrested after allegedly threatening to blow a woman's house up with chemicals. Twenty-four-year-old Ryan Armstrong allegedly called the victim and threatened to blow up her home after she told him to stay away. He’s charged with harassment and domestic assault…with a 45-hundred-dollar bond.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will have at least one checkpoint set up in the Upper Cumberland tonight. It’ll be in DeKalb County at Highway 96 at old 96. They’ll be checking for sobriety…as well as other traffic offenses
Effective as of June 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. Jamestown Regional Medical Center will be temporarily closed due to the loss of participation in Medicare and Medicaid programs and related supply issues. They expect to resolve the related issues and resume operations in the near future.
DOYLE The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the indictment and arrest of Gary Dewayne Goodwin. Revenue special agents arrested Goodwin, age 55, last week his residence. Bond was set at $10,000. On June 5, 2019, the White County Grand Jury indicted Goodwin on one Class E felony count of tax evasion. “The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity," Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said. "This indictment underscores the Department's ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee's tax laws." If convicted, Goodwin could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $3,000. The Department is pursuing this criminal case in cooperation with District Attorney Bryant Dunaway’s office. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389). The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws, as well as the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2018 fiscal year, it collected $14.5 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.8 billion in taxes and fees for local governments. To learn more about the Department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue.
Cookeville, Tenn. – Cookeville Regional Medical Center recently performed its first MitraClip procedure, a procedure designed to help the heart's mitral valve work more effectively. The minimally invasive procedure is used to treat mitral valve regurgitation and is performed through a catheter using ultrasound for guidance. "It's a team-based procedure," said Dr. Chris Adams, an interventional cardiologist at Tennessee Heart and CRMC's Heart and Vascular Center. "We performed the first MitraClip procedure at CRMC in March and it went really well. The patient felt better the next day." The team approach involves the patient having an ultrasound that is reviewed by cardiac imaging specialist Dr. Ashley Nickerson or Dr. Tim Fournet and an examination by either Dr. Adams or Dr. Stacy Brewington. The patient will also have a consultation with cardiac surgeon Dr. Lewis Wilson or Dr. Timothy Powell. "Using this team approach, we are able to plan a patient's best course of care," said Dr. Adams. MitraClip is a small clip that is directed through the heart where the clip is placed on the mitral valve using ultrasound for guidance. The entire procedure is done through a small hole in the groin with no incision in the chest. Mitral valve regurgitation is caused by a "leaky valve" that causes leakage of the blood backward through the mitral valve each time the left ventricle contracts. While mild regurgitation may not cause symptoms, it may cause heart failure with symptoms like shortness of breath during exertion, coughing, congestion around the heart and lungs, and swelling of the legs and feet. If you think you may have mitral valve regurgitation, talk with your primary care provider for a referral to the Structural Heart-Valve Clinic at Tennessee Heart.
Cookeville, TN – At approximately 11:20 PM on June 12, 2019, the Cookeville Police Department responded to a shooting at the Winona Motel located at 1798 East Spring Street. The incident apparently stemmed from a domestic dispute. On arrival, officers located Athel Clemmer who had been shot once in the leg. The investigation led to the arrests of David Devries and Samantha Denino. Deveries was charged with Aggravated Assault, Tampering with Evidence, and Violation of Bond Conditions. Denino was charged with Tampering with Evidence. Clemmer was in stable condition at Cookeville Regional Medical Center before being transferred to Erlanger Baroness Hospital in Chattanooga for surgery.
The Cookeville Police Department would like to thank the Algood Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, and the District Attorney General’s Office for their assistance during this investigation.