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Report says TN has more gun fatalities than traffic fatalities

News release from Violence Policy Center:
Washington, DC — With the National Rifle Association annual meeting opening in Nashville on Friday, a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) finds that gun deaths surpassed motor vehicle deaths in Tennessee and 16 other states, along with the District of Columbia.

The VPC analysis refers to gun deaths and motor vehicle deaths in 2013, the most recent year for which comprehensive state-level data is available. Data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

The analysis found that in 2013, there were 17 states where there were more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming, along with the District of Columbia.

More than 90 percent of American households own a car while fewer than a third of American households have a gun. Americans’ exposure to motor vehicles vastly outweighs their exposure to firearms. Yet nationwide, there were 33,636 gun deaths and 35,612 motor vehicle deaths in 2013.

In Tennessee, the latest data available shows 94 percent of households have a car and 46 percent of households have a gun. Yet even though motor vehicles are far more prevalent than guns, there were 1,030 gun deaths and 1,027 motor vehicle deaths in Tennessee in 2013.
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THP Reports Fatalities Down, Ticket Writing Up

News release from Department of Safety:
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott today announced the preliminary number of traffic fatalities on state roadways have decreased by nearly 14 percent (13.8%) for the first six months of 2013, compared to the same time period in 2012.
The THP reported 436 people died in traffic crashes in Tennessee from January 1 through June 30, 2013. That is 70 fewer than the 506 vehicular fatalities that occurred during the same dates in 2012. Please note these figures include vehicular fatalities reported by all law enforcement agencies across the state.
Colonel Trott also noted a 10.7 percent decline in alcohol-related crashes investigated by the THP. State Troopers worked 975 impaired driving accidents from January 1 through June 30, 2013, a drop from the 1,092 crashes involving alcohol the previous year during the same time frame.
“DUI enforcement has become one of our agency’s top priorities in the last few years. We have arrested 3,151 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving during the first six months of this year – a 9.8 percent increase from the 2,870 DUI arrests made the first half of 2012,” Colonel Trott said. “Each time we remove a drunk driver from our roadways, we reduce the chance of a serious injury or fatal crash occurring,” he added.

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Over 5-year Period, 14 Percent of TN Pregnancies Ended in Abortion

The Tullahoma News rounds up some figures on abortion in Tennessee in a story that begins by noting 12 years have passed since the state Supreme Court ruled that Tennessee’s Constitution gives women stronger rights to abortion than does the U.S. Constitution.
According to the Tennessee Department of Health, 14 percent of pregnancies in the state ended in abortion in the five-year period between 2006-2010.
More than 67,000 abortions were performed in Tennessee compared to 417,000 births during that time period. Statistics show the largest percentage of abortions occurred in girl’s ages 10-14, with 33 percent of those pregnancies ending in abortion.
The Tennessee Department of Health released figures that break down the total number of abortions performed by age and race.
According to the state’s figures, women ages 20-24 (from 2006-2010) had the highest number of abortions. More than 22,000 abortions were performed in this age group. It should be noted this age group also had the highest number of births.
Tennessee ranks 13th (excluding California) when it comes to abortions. Neighboring state North Carolina has a higher abortion rate, and Alabama and Kentucky aren’t far behind Tennessee.
According to Steven Emmert, chief operating officer with Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, there will always be a need for abortion services due to unavoidable circumstances.

Haslam on Jobs: Reassuring, Cheerleading… and Politicking?

Gov. Bill Haslam has been traveling the state with the dual role of “part cheerleader and part reassuring family member,” reports Jeff Woods in an update on the administration’s efforts to enhance economic development. The article gets into both statistics and the politics involved.
Since Haslam took office in January, about 9,500 new jobs have been created in Tennessee, either through the expansion of existing businesses or via new companies locating in the state, according to figures the state Department of Economic and Community Development provided to The City Paper.
But the unemployment rate remains at a stubborn 9.8 percent statewide… To the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, companies have reported laying off 6,886 workers in the past six months, with the biggest loss coming with the shutdown of Union City’s Goodyear Tire and Rubber plant, where 1,900 were furloughed. And those are just some of the layoffs. (Note: Reports, I think are required only when 50 or more layoffs are involved.)
All states face these new fiscal constraints, and many are in worse shape than Tennessee. Without the money to attract new businesses in traditional ways like public spending on infrastructure improvements, state governments have dreamed up a slew of ideas to help.
Among the new programs from a summary by the National Conference of State Legislatures:
• Alabama established a mortgage guarantee fund with $6 million from state oil and gas royalties. Trying to boost the state’s housing market, the fund will reimburse investors suffering foreclosure losses on loans. 
• Florida is loaning money — up to $250,000 at 2 percent interest — to small businesses to expand through capital purchases, worker training and new hires.
• Colorado is providing tax credits for job creation and encouraging private lending to small businesses. Public funding in the loan program is expected to leverage more than $50 million in private financing.
• Hawaii transferred money from environmental cleanup to economic development.
Haslam refused to even consider any such stimulus programs this year, insisting that the state can’t create jobs through legislation. That prompted Democrats to accuse Haslam of failing to do enough to help the economy.
Haslam dismisses the criticism as politically motivated, noting, “My response is really that I don’t think we can create jobs by legislative work or we would do that.” 
But House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh of Ripley said it’s the Republicans who are playing politics, tossing Democratic ideas into the trash heap rather than giving their opponents credit for thinking outside the box. Democrats introduced a dozen bills, all of which died in committee
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Statistics on TN Obesity

The Associated Press
Here are some statistics about Tennessee from the annual obesity report by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which measured obesity rates and related health problems in the 50 states.
Obesity ranking: 4, with 31.9 percent of adults. Tennessee ranks No. 3 for fastest growth in obesity, increasing from 16.4 percent in 1995 to 31.9 percent in 2010.
Diabetes ranking: 5, with 10.6 percent of adults.
Hypertension ranking: 5, with 32.2 percent of adults.
Physical inactivity ranking: 5, with 29.9 percent of adults not engaging in exercise or physical activity in the past 30 days.
Obese children ranking: 6, with 20.6 percent of children ages 10-17.
Poverty ranking: 9th (tied with Arkansas, Arizona, West Virginia).
Gender breakdown of obese adults: 31.9 percent of men, 32.3 percent of women.
Overweight or obese adults: 68.3 percent.

TBI Tallies 10-Year TN Crime Trend

News release from TBI:
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation recently compiled a study on the last ten years of crime statistics in Tennessee as reported by agencies across the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). The TBI’s Crime Statistics Unit has been publishing reports from the collected crime data since 2001 with this year marking the ten year anniversary for issuing studies.
The report provides a ten year review of Group A offenses, Group B Offenses as well as crimes against persons, property and society. The report shows mixed results of certain categories of crime increasing and certain categories decreasing over the ten year period with violent crime being at its lowest level in ten years after hitting its highest level in 2007.
Group A offenses include 47 offense types such as murder, sex offenses, assaults, burglaries and drug/narcotic violations.
Group B offenses contain 11 offenses including DUI, liquor law violations, trespassing and disorderly conduct. Specific information for violent crimes, credit card fraud, impersonation, drug/narcotic violations, DUI, domestic violence, hate crime and law enforcement officers killed or assaulted in the line of duty is also included.
Ten Year Crime Trends Quick Facts
· Crimes against persons increased by 8%
· Crimes against property decreased by 9%
· DUI decreased by 13%
· Drug/Narcotic violations increased by 45%
· Credit card fraud increased by 135%
· Hate crime decreased by 50%
To view “Ten Year Crime Trends 2001-2011” in its entirety, go to the TBI website at www.tbi.tn.gov. Click on Tennessee Crime Statistics from the homepage for a link to the Statistical Analysis Center web page. The report is listed under “Specialized Reports.” The most recently reported crime statistics can also be accessed at www.tncrimeonline.com.

Unemployment Down in Most Areas, But Not TN

Excerpt from a Commercial Appeal story:
The best month for private-sector hiring in five years and a pickup in summer jobs helped lower unemployment rates in more than 90 percent of the nation’s largest cities in April.
The unemployment rate fell in 339 metro areas in April, rose in 20 cities and remained unchanged in 13, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It was the most cities to see a decline in a year.
Not one of those cities, however, was in Tennessee.
Nine of the Volunteer State’s 10 metropolitan areas saw the unemployment rate rise in April compared to March:
Chattanooga (from 9.5 percent in March to 9.6 percent in April).
Clarksville (8.2 percent to 8.5 percent).
Jackson (9.6 percent to 10.2 percent).
Johnson City (8.5 percent to 8.8 percent).
Kingsport-Bristol (8.1 percent to 8.2 percent).
Knoxville (7.5 percent to 7.9 percent).
Memphis (9.9 percent to 10.1 percent).
Morristown (11.1 percent to 11.6 percent).
Nashville (8.3 percent to 8.7 percent).
In Cleveland, Tenn., the jobless rate remained unchanged at 9.4 percent.
…Gov. Bill Haslam’s office declined to comment on the figures and referred questions to the state Department of Labor & Workforce Development.
The agency’s spokesman, Jeff Hentschel, said yearlong trends are more important than month-to-month changes, and over the last year Tennessee is showing more employment growth than the nation as a whole.

TBI: Crimes Down a Bit in TN Schools

News release from TBI:
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today released its annual study dedicated to crime in Tennessee’s schools.
Produced by TBI’s Crime Statistics Unit, the study spans a three-year period between 2008 and 2010 and is based on numbers submitted by Tennessee law enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). The state’s first ever school crimes study was released in May of 2009.
The reported number of crimes that occurred at schools decreased by 1.6% from 2009 to 2010 and there was an overall decrease of 3.4% between 2008 and 2010. There were 13,110 crimes reported at schools in 2010 compared to 13,327 in 2009. This report is based on incidents submitted by law enforcement agencies and excludes offenses reported by colleges and universities. Those statistics are compiled in TBI’s “Crime on Campus” report that was released earlier this year.
“School Crimes Study” Quick Facts
2.3% of all crimes reported in the state occurred at a school.

The reported numbers of crimes occurring at schools decreased by 1.6% from 2009. There were 13,110 crimes reported in 2010 compared to 13,327 in 2009.

Simple assault was the most frequently reported crime at 4,885 offenses.

Crimes against persons increased by 3.4%, but crimes against property decreased by 9.1%.

More crimes occurred on Friday than any other day of the week and most resulted in no injury to the victim.

51% of the time, the relationship between the offender and victim was acquaintance.
It is important to understand the characteristics surrounding school crime and its offenders and victims. This understanding will help schools, policy makers, law enforcement and the public learn how to better combat crime that occurs at these institutions. To view the “School Crimes Study” for 2010 in its entirety, go to the TBI website at www.tbi.tn.gov. Click on “Crime Statistics” from the homepage, then click on the “Statistical Analysis Center” fly-out. The study is listed under “Specialized Reports” on the Statistical Analysis Center webpage.

TBI: Hate Crimes Down in 2010

News release from TBI:
Nashville, Tenn. – The State of Tennessee saw a decrease in the number of hate crimes committed in the state and the number of law enforcement officers killed or assaulted for the calendar year 2010, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s statistical analysis of Tennessee crime statistics and the compiling of two separate, annual reports.
Today, the TBI released both “Hate Crime 2010” and “Tennessee: Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted (LEOKA) 2010” based on required monthly reporting of local law enforcement agencies crime statistics across the state.

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