Local Christmas parades kick off Friday with Counce at 7 p.m.

NOV. 29 – Savannah’s annual parade, with the theme “My Tennessee Christmas,” sponsored by the Savannah Rotary Club and the City of Savannah, will be held on Monday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. 

The parade route will follow last year’s route, beginning on Wayne Road at Sherwin Williams and proceeding through downtown to the Tennessee River Museum. 

Participants will line up down on Shell Street and Fairgrounds Street. 

Entry divisions include corporate, church, business, civic, Scouts, bands and government divisions. 

“This hometown theme can be interpreted in different ways, and it will be wonderful to see how each organization presents their ideas,” said Paige Ashe-McLean, parade chairman.

In case of inclement weather, the following Monday, Dec. 11, will be the Christmas parade’s rain date.

“Thanks to all of the community support for your participation in our local Christmas Parade and we hope it will continue to be a wonderful and enjoyable experience for children of all ages,” said Ashe-McLean.

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THP ramps up patrols for Thanksgiving holiday, TDOT halts lane closures

NOV. 22 – Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon today through 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27. 

“Over a million travelers in Tennessee are expected to drive to their holiday destinations this year,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “This is the most traveled holiday of the year. Halting road work during this busy time will provide maximum capacity on our highways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday. TDOT’s regional HELP Trucks will also be working throughout the holiday weekend to assist with incidents that may occur along the interstates.”

While all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones. Long-term lane closures will also remain in place on some construction projects for motorists’ safety.

TDOT reminds motorists  to drive safely and obey the posted speeds, especially in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.

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Adamsville man dies in single-vehicle crash

NOV. 20 – A 24-year-old Adamsville man died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in McNairy County.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that Joshua L. Wilkerson was driving a 2008 Nissan Altima north on Tenn. 224 in the Michie area. The vehicle veered off the east side of the road and hit a tree.

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