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"Here in Middle Tennessee, we've got over 60,000 tons of salt and over 1/2 million gallons of brine that we've already got mixed, preparing and ready to go," says TDOT's BJ Doughty.
We stopped by the Transportation Management Center in Nashville where they monitor traffic conditions and dispatch help trucks as needed to accidents and disabled vehicles.
"It also helps during winter weather that if we start to see if slick places are developing, if we start to see that cars are slowing down, people here at TMC can communicate with our maintenance officials and they can send a salt truck out," says Doughty.
In addition, TDOT has a new pressurized brine applicator they are trying out this year.
"What that will allow us to do is spray more at a time, get more even coverage, you know time is of the essence when we're trying to get these things done and the guys are excited to see how it works this winter," says Doughty.
TDOT also launched a new tool to help drivers stay safe. It's a SMARTWAY app available for your iPhone or Android, but the key is you want to check your phone before you hit the road, never when you're driving.
"This app is not meant to be used when you're driving a motor vehicle, but certainly it can help you tremendously before you leave your home or if you're trying to get back home," says Doughty.
The app gives you the ability to check cameras, road conditions, and incidents so you can choose an alternate route to avoid slick spots or delays. If you're traveling to any part of Tennessee or Kentucky, and are worried about the roads, you can get the latest conditions by calling 511.
Thursday, December 27 2012, 02:49 AM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.