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Tennessee wrong-way driver facing drunk driving charge

A man out on bond on charges involving the deaths of two women was recently arrested for crashing his vehicle while driving the wrong way for a second time. The Tennessee resident -- who is facing 18 charges including drunk driving -- was arrested in 2015 for a similar incident in which two women lost their lives. The accused has also been charged with felony reckless endangerment with a vehicle, simple possession of a schedule IV substance, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

The accused, who is being held on a bond of more that $153,000, had been out on bond waiting for trail on charges stemming from a crash in 2015 that killed two women and seriously injured a third. He was indicted at that time on several counts, including aggravated vehicular homicide. He was freed on a $500,000 bond. Separately, he was apparently convicted in 1991 and 1996 of DUI.

Drug charges filed after man hides narcotics in his body

Authorities say they found crack cocaine in a male suspect's rectum during the booking process after a recent drug bust. The accused was one of three Tennessee men taken into custody, all of whom are facing drug charges. On a search warrant, police claim to have seized thousands in counterfeit money and narcotics at a local business. Cops say they also found about a pound of cannabis, digital scales, a number of Adderall pills and pot in the toilet, leading them to believe the suspects tried to get rid of the stash by flushing it.

Each man denied ownership of the drugs, so police slapped charges on all of them. They have been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to resell, possession with intent to resell a Schedule II drug, tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia. One of the men was also charged with criminal simulation when the authorities allegedly found $52,000 of counterfeit bills in his vehicle.

Man charged with drunk driving after fluid leads police to him

A 32-year-old man is facing a DUI charge after a fluid trail from a crash site led police to him. The Tennessee resident and facilities manager of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration was charged with drunk driving and operating a motor vehicle without a license. The authorities allegedly found his vehicle, which was involved in a hit and run, in the maintenance shop of the horse celebration grounds. A trail of fluid leaking from the vehicle made the search easy.

The arresting officer said he smelled alcohol on the accused and knew the accused didn't have a driver's license because of prior DUI convictions. The officer said he administered field sobriety tests, which the accused allegedly failed. The accused apparently refused to submit to a blood alcohol test, but the officer got a warrant to test the man's blood.

Divorcing: 5 ways to support your kids during divorce

It's sometimes hard to think about bringing up a divorce with your children. When you had them, you didn't think that you and their other parent would ever separate. Now, that's no longer the case.

You want the divorce to be as easy for your child as possible, but what can you do to facilitate this smooth transition? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

5 Tennessee teens arrested on drug charges

A motel in Lakeland was the site of the recent arrest of five teens. The five were part of a drug bust right across the way from a former sex trafficking site from which a teenager was rescued last summer. The Tennessee teens were allegedly using the motel room to party with kids as young as 14 and to sell drugs. Four males and one female -- all aged 18 and 19 -- were arrested on drug charges and weapons charges.

Police were tipped off about the party room, and when they showed up, they apparently found the teens in possession of prescription Xanax pills and marijuana. The cops also found a stolen handgun in the car of one of the accused males. The serial number on the .22-caliber had been scratched off.

4 injured in Tennessee drunk driving episode

A 52-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated and injuring four people, three of whom were transported to the hospital. The Tennessee resident was charged with drunk driving after allegedly running into two separate vehicles. He is also facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, vehicular assault (four counts), reckless endangerment and failing to yield the right of way. This is the third DUI charge for the accused. 

The accused was spotted by a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer just past 2:30 a.m., operating his vehicle on the wrong side of the road. He apparently was also speeding. The authorities say he was driving erratically over four lanes of highway and at more than 70 mph when the speed limit was 35. He struck the two vehicles in an intersection.

Ways Tennessee teachers can help children of divorce

Teachers play a significant role in the lives of their students. Astute educators can usually spot when a child is going through a rough time as some kids do when their parents are in the throes of divorce. Tennessee teachers are in a position to help these kids perhaps more than they realize. Sometimes all these children need is some compassion and understanding.

Children thrive when the have consistency in their lives, and for eight hours a day during the week they're in school and have a routine. The routine the classroom setting provides is affirming and settling in itself. Since kids are with their teachers for so many hours, teachers are in a position to spot what may indicate problems like changes in behavior, acting out or appearing overly stressed.

Drunk driving offenses on college campuses

Many students use college as a time to go a little wild. Too often, this desire to let loose and go wild involves going to parties and drinking in excess. Unfortunately, as many Tennessee college students discovered, these choices can lead to a variety of troubles, including some that could make life difficult in the future.  

While reports say that other forms of crime are down, DUI arrests increased. Last year, college campuses in Tennessee saw a significant increase in drunk driving offenses amongst students. A number of these offenses can be attributed to younger students who are experiencing freedom outside of their parents' home for the first time.

Divorce and your finances: Be ready for everything

There is no denying the fact that divorce will change your personal life. You can expect this to have an impact on your finances as well.

Even if you're only considering divorce, you should take a strong look at how your finances will change if you decide to move forward.

A new kind of child custody agreement

Divorced couples in Tennessee with children know that scheduling can often be an issue. Children are often passed between parents and must adjust and readjust to different places and schedules on a regular basis. However, there are some families who are finding new ways to handle their child custody agreements. 

For many years, mothers were almost always given custody of the children. However, in recent years, significant steps have been taken towards equal custody agreements between parents. More fathers are being awarded custody, and many parents are agreeing to share custody. During these arrangements, children would alternative weeks or weekends with their parents, and some children would even stay with one parent for months at a time before going back to the other. 

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