Safety officials uncover corruption
Department of Safety officials are commending driver license examiners for reporting suspicions that led to the Operation Crooked Highway investigation. Interim Safety Commissioner Gerald Nicely said, “Employees first became suspicious of applicants from Winchester Driving School in 2004, and alerted supervisors. Their instincts led to the investigation that resulted in this week’s arrests.”
“This is an example of how joint law enforcement operations should work,” Nicely said. “This investigation was thorough, and every agency did its part. I am particularly proud of our CID investigators, who brought this case to the attention of federal officials.”
The Cooperative Driver Training Program (CDTP) was created by legislative act in 1993 as an effort to reduce crowding at driver license stations. There are 42 programs across the state. Seventy-five percent are run by local school systems.
Powerball at $156 M
The Powerball jackpot continues to climb and is estimated at $156 million for the next drawing on Wednesday, February 1. Although no player matched all six numbers correctly in last night’s drawing, there were 45,011 winners who purchased tickets from retailers in the state of Tennessee. The Lotto 5 Jackpot reaches $75,000 as it rolls over to the next drawing on Monday, January 30. Friday night’s drawing produced 1,191 winners, including 39 players who each won $173 and 1,152 players who each won $9. Lotto 5 drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 11:34 p.m.; Powerball drawings are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. Drawings are held every night at 7:28 p.m. and at midday at 1:28 p.m. Monday through Saturday for the Tennessee Lottery’s other two online games, CASH 3 and CASH 4.
New school for
proposed for “highly qualified students”
Governor Phil Bredesen unveiled his plans for establishing a residential state high school for highly-qualified math and science students during a visit Jan. 26 with members of the Tennessee Board of Education and Tennessee Higher Education Commission. “We must compete for our children’s future. And it’s my strong belief that math and science education will be the key to jobs of the future in our increasingly knowledge-based, technology-driven society,” Bredesen said. Bredesen has allotted $1 million in his budget proposal to start the school, which would accept qualified junior and senior high school students and be located at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma.