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The Claiborne Progress reports
A Claiborne County woman was found dead in her vehicle just past noon on July 25, in the parking lot of the Springdale Convenience Store on U.S. Hwy. 25E. According to Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray, Crystal Justice was attempting to call E-911 moments before she succumbed.
“She was found with her cell phone in her hand, with the emergency number showing. It looks like she died before she had the chance to push the ‘send’ button,” said Ray.
An acquaintance of Justice reportedly noticed her vehicle sitting in the convenience store parking lot at about 11 p.m. the night before. Ray says the man called E-911 when he noticed that the vehicle was in the same spot the next day.
Claiborne County Sheriff’s Capt. David Honeycutt, who is the lead investigator, said his department had consulted with the woman’s family after first determining that there appeared to be ‘no foul play’ associated with the incident.
“We were told that she had heart problems,” said Honeycutt.
Blood, he said, was drawn and sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab, to rule out other causes of death.
The Middlesboro Daily News reports
Tennessee retailers will not collect sales tax on more than 150 different items during the 12th annual sales tax holiday.
From July 28-30, shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers, as students prepare for the back-to-school season. State and local taxes will not be collected on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.
The Department of Revenue wants to remind people that this weekend of savings is not exclusive to students or Tennesseans. Anyone who wants to shop in Tennessee during the last weekend of July will be eligible to save on sales tax.
Local 8 News reports
According to KidsAndCars.org, each week in the U.S. unsuspecting drivers back over about 50 children in driveways and parking lots. It’s happening because small children can’t be seen in those large blind zones.
Most of these children are ending up in hospital emergency rooms, but unfortunately, about two children per week are killed.
The auto industry is addressing the issue by installing rear view cameras as standard equipment. By 2018, 100 percent of new vehicles will have the technology.
But another danger has emerged, it’s called the frontover.
Families are more likely to buy larger vehicles to accommodate children and their added cargo, and these larger vehicles sit higher off the ground.
“With the vehicles that are higher off the ground, there is a blind zone in front of vehicles and that usually measures 6 to 8 feet and that’s an area where it is impossible to see if there is a young child in that area,” Janette Fennell, founder of KidsAndCars.org said.
She recommends walking around your vehicle before you get inside, and always be sure that any children in the area are properly supervised and at a safe distance.
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