New Year's Eve roadblocks announced

Dec. 23– The Highway Patrol will conduct two roadblocks in Hardin County on New Year’s Eve, the Tennessee Department of Safety announced.

Starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31, a driver license roadside safety checkpoint is planned for Tenn. 203 near Horse Creek bridge.

At 11:30 p.m., a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is to be manned by state troopers on Tenn. 128 north of Pickwick Dam.

According to the safety department, impaired driving kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 every year in the United States.

Hospital warns of prescription phone scam

 Dec. 20– Hardin Medical Center (HMC) is warning of yet another phone scam affecting residents in and around the Hardin County area.

Hospital officials say a caller, claiming to be affiliated with HMC, is calling to remind the recipients to refill their medications in order to obtain personal information from them.

"Patients are being asked for their Social Security number by the caller over the phone to ‘verify their prescriptions,’" said HMC Chief Executive Officer Nick Lewis. "The calls are not coming from Hardin Medical Center. No one from this hospital will be calling to request personal health information or prescription information over the phone."

 In each instance, the phone number appearing on caller IDs of the call recipients has been 866-218-7985.

 Lewis said the hospital has received around five reports of phone scam attempts and HMC has turned to local law enforcement for assistance.

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Alexander introduces bill to expand Shiloh National Military Park

Dec. 11– U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that he introduced legislation that would expand the boundary of Shiloh National Military Park to include three Civil War battlefields in Tennessee and designate Parker’s Crossroads as an affiliated area of the National Park System. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) introduced similar legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year.

"As Americans, we have a special obligation to preserve and protect our heritage," Alexander said. "Including these Civil War battlefields in the National Park System will honor that commitment, while providing an opportunity to attract more visitors to Tennessee and encourage the local economies."

"I am pleased to be working with Sen. Alexander in preserving this important piece of our national history," Blackburn said. "Tennessee played a vital role in the Civil War and it’s important that we remember those who lost their lives on these hallowed grounds while fighting for what they believed in. This legislation will preserve our history for future generations and encourage all to travel to West Tennessee to see it firsthand."

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