Thursday, August 21 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:59:31 GMT
A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side. The crash happened early Wednesday afternoon in Colerain Township. A funeral procession was headedFull Story >
A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side.Full Story >
Thursday, August 21 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:54:48 GMT
Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial has cost it tens of billions of dollars over the past six years. An expected $17 billion settlement with the Justice Departm ent will increase that toll, but...Full Story >
The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.Full Story >
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A grant from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs awards more than $8.6 million to 24 counties in Ohio aiming to prevent homelessness. The grant will serve approximately 2,300 homeless and at-risk veteranFull Story >
A grant from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs awards more than $8.6 million to 24 counties in Ohio aiming to prevent homelessness.Full Story >
Thursday, August 21 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:44:06 GMT
Officials from Family Dollar says the discount chain's Board of Directors has unanimously rejected a proposal made by Dollar General to merge the companies. The board cited antitrust regulatory considerationsFull Story >
Officials from Family Dollar says the discount chain's Board of Directors has unanimously rejected a proposal made by Dollar General to merge the companies.Full Story >
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
Three people were injured when an Interstate 5 bridge collapsed Thursday and toppled into a chilly Washington river. It has many people wondering if a similar incident could happen on one of Middle Tennessee's bridges.
The Channel 4 I-Team has learned there are 36 truss bridges across Tennessee like the one that collapsed north of Seattle.
The bridges are typically older in nature and look like the one where Highway 100 crosses the Harpeth River in Bellevue and where State Route 96 crosses the Harpeth west of Nashville.
These types of bridges are known to engineers as "fracture critical," which means the bridge could have a catastrophic failure or collapse even if just one component of the structure is compromised.
"If you are driving over these bridges, you can be sure that they are safe. That's why we have a pretty in-depth program to make sure that all bridges across the state are in good shape," said Tennessee Department of Transportation Chief Engineer Paul Degges.
Degges wants Tennessee drivers to know that if there were an unsafe bridge, he would close it down immediately.
In fact, the state's safety record has improved since the deadly Interstate 35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007. In August of that year, Tennessee had 1,202 bridges deemed "structurally deficient" bridges, which is actually not as bad as it may sound.
According to the state, that means there are parts on the bridge that may be damaged or deteriorated, but the damage is not at the level where it could cause a safety issue.
Now, the number of "structurally deficient" bridges in Tennessee is down to 1,017.
"We work very hard to make sure that the bridges - both on the state highway system and on public roads all across the state - are safe. We inspect them at least every two years. Many times for older, more fragile structures, we will inspect sometimes as often as every six months," Degges said.
As for those truss bridges in Middle Tennessee, TDOT said both bridges recently underwent renovations to improve their stability.
Overall, Tennessee has a good bridge inspection record. By law, states have to inspect bridges longer than 20 feet every two years and those shorter than 20 feet every four years.
Tennessee has nearly 20,000 bridges, and TDOT said not only do its inspectors follow those guidelines, but they often stay ahead of inspection schedule.
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Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:35:47 GMT
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. She became a Florence Police officer in February 2012. Last year, she welcomed her first daughter and a few months later became pregnant with her firstFull Story >
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. That's why she became a Florence Police officer in 2012. Now, she says, she is forced to choose between her job and her family.Full Story >
Thursday, August 21 2014 5:49 AM EDT2014-08-21 09:49:04 GMT
The Madeira man who shot at his wife at their home in Madeira earlier this month could get up to 11 years in prison. Hamilton Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced the indictment of Blake Seylhouwer WednesdayFull Story >
The Madeira man who shot at his wife at their home in Madeira earlier this month could get up to 11 years in prison.Full Story >
You may be a hot mess after reading some of these cray new words added to the Oxford Online Dictionary. While some of the new words are pretty amazeballs, others have us scratching our heads. Britain'sFull Story >
Britain's Oxford University Press announced on Thursday that they will be adding new words to its online Oxford Dictionary to reflect new language trends.Full Story >