WZTV FOX 17 - Top Stories
A car hitting hitting a house seems like a freak accident, but on one section of Highway 70 South in Davidson County it has become a foregone conclusion.
One homeowner claims his house has been struck by a vehicle 14 times in the last 33 years.
The latest incident happened Wednesday morning.
A tow truck pulls a car from the front of Don Walker's house.
Neighbors on Highway 70 South in Bellevue have seen it all before.
"It's normal, happens all the time," says neighbor Butch Atwood.
Butch Atwood has lived here for 36 years. He has watched car after car slam into the front of his neighbor's house.
"Most of the time they're doing 30, 40, 50 miles per hour, and they just come right across," says Atwood.
26 year old Robert Leavenworth of White Bluff was cited for driving this car. Neighbors tell us he fell asleep after he allegedly drove into the house.
Homeowner, Don Walker wouldn't talk to us on camera for fear of aggravating his insurance company, but he and his neighbors can easily explain the problem.
It starts at the nearby cross street, Bellevue Road.
Drivers don't always realize the road comes to a "t" at Highway 70. Instead they go straight on through and end up in Don Walker's house.
"It looks just like the road continues till they get to the other side then they (steer), right into his house," says Atwood.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is very familiar with the intersection.
"We reviewed the crash data in that area to come up with what we could do out there to help make that intersection safer," says Deanna Lambert with TDOT.
This past April TDOT made some changes on Bellevue Road. Workers installed an oversize stop sign. new pavement markings, and a stop ahead sign.
There's also a flashing light that has been here for years.
"Basically to draw more attention to the stop sign and the flashing lights, and the markers on the pavement," says Lambert.
But all those changes didn't prevent this crash. Neighbors say it may be time for one last improvement.
"If nothing else they ought to put a sign that says this is a dead end road, because they don't see it," says Butch Atwood.
26 year old Robert Leavenworth was cited for driving on a revoked license and no proof of insurance.
Police also tell us Leavenworth was also arrested for a DUI back in May.
Meanwhile Don Walker, who was not home at time of this accident, is now working with his insurance company, once again.
For news updates follow John Dunn on twitter @WZTVJohnDunn
Wednesday, August 22 2012, 10:26 PM CDT
Tennessee recoups unemployment benefits
May 22, 2013 20:26 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Labor Department officials say they have recouped about $15.3 million worth of fraudulently collected unemployment benefits by garnishing tax refunds and other federal payments to people who were not entitled to receive the assistance.
A scathing audit released earlier this year showed that the state overpaid $73 million in unemployment benefits. The overpayments were the result of both fraud and errors at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The audit was especially critical of the department's method for recouping fraudulent benefits.
Acting Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said in a statement that the ability to reclaim fraudulently collected unemployment benefits is critical to the business community. He said the department is focused on developing strategies to prevent people from wrongfully collecting the assistance.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
BC-US--Dow Record-Three Personal Stories, 1st Ld-Writethru,1173
Dow Record: Three tales of ups, downs and changes
AP Photo FX102, FX103
Eds: With BC-US--Dow Record. Adds photos.
By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: TEENS MOVING TO TWITTER TO DODGE PARENTS, OTHER BORES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you're one of those parents who are on Facebook in part to keep an eye on what your kids are up to -- here's a news flash: your kids are on to you and have moved to Twitter.
DOG BEACH WEAR
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From bikinis to Hawaiian shirts -- it's time to gear up for the beach.