NASHVILLE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) today praised the award of over $1.2 million in grants designed to promote public safety on roads in Senate District 12.  The district consists of Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Rhea, Roane, Pickett and Scott Counties.

“These grants will give our local communities additional funds that should help upgrade their efforts to make our roads safer and to protect our citizens from those who drink and drive,” said Sen. Yager.  “The overall goal is to reduce crashes and injuries and to save lives.”

The funds will be disbursed by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO).  The grants are provided to agencies that successfully applied for funding who meet the required data-driven criteria and highway safety standard and vary by county based on those applications.  Grant applications must be in line with THSO’s mission to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.

The grants include:

Campbell County:  $60,088

  *   $5,000 for the Caryville Police Department for high visibility enforcement;

  *   $4,998 for the Jacksboro Police Department for high visibility enforcement;

  *   $5,000 for the Jellico Police Department for high visibility enforcement;

  *   $5,000 for the LaFollette Police Department. for high visibility enforcement; and

  *   $40,090 for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department for alcohol and impaired driving enforcement.

Roane County:   $61,011

  *   $16,011 for the Kingston Police Department for police traffic services (multiple violations);

  *   $5,000 for the Oliver Springs Police Department for high visibility enforcement;

  *   $30,000 for the Roane County Sheriff’s Department for police traffic services (multiple violations);

  *   $5,000 for Roane State Community College for high visibility enforcement; and

  *   $5,000 for the Rockwood Police Department for high visibility enforcement.

Rhea County:  $224,515

  *   $15,000 for the Dayton Police Department for alcohol and impaired driving enforcement;

  *   $5,000 for the Graysville Police Department for high visibility enforcement;

  *   $166,509 for the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department for child passenger safety and occupant protection;

  *   $20,006 for the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department for police traffic services (multiple violations); and

  *   $18,000 for the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department for alcohol and impaired driving enforcement.

Scott County:  $5,000

  *   $5,000 for the Scott County Sheriff’s Department for high visibility enforcement

Fentress County:  $11,200

  *   $11,200 for the Fentress County Sheriff’s Office for police traffic services (multiple violations).

Pickett County:  $5,000

  *   $5,000 for the Pickett County Sheriff’s Office for high visibility enforcement.

Morgan County:  $10,000

  *   5,000 for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department for high visibility enforcement and

  *   $5,000 for the Wartburg Police Department for high visibility enforcement.

Also, four of Tennessee’s Judicial Districts which serve counties in Senate District 12 will receive grants for DUI prosecution totaling a combined $850,100 including:

  *   $290,700 for the 8th Judicial District which includes Fentress, Campbell, and Scott Counties;

  *   $213,300 for the 9th district which includes Morgan and Roane Counties;

  *   $154,600 for the 12h Judicial District, which includes Rhea County; and

  *   $191,500 for the 13th District which includes Pickett County. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/15/2021-NOON)

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