Tennessee prisons announce suicide prevention hotline

The Tennessee Department of Correction now has a suicide prevention hotline that friends and family of inmates can call if they are concerned about their loved one, the department announced.

Calls will be will be routed to the department’s Central Communication Center, which is staffed 24/7. Analysts at the center will notify the facility where the inmate is housed so intervention can take place immediately.

People in prison are among the highest risk for suicide, TDOC Director of Behavioral Health Services Dr. Jim Casey said in a news release. Inmates who are experiencing thoughts of suicide can speak with any staff member on duty for immediate assistance, but staff does not always know when an inmate is suicidal. The hotline offers another path for helping inmates, he said.

The suicide prevention hotline number is 1-833-421-SAVE.

— Associated Press

Highway worker dies

in roadside accident

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee authorities say a highway worker has died after he fell under the wheel of a work truck while cleaning up tree limbs on the side of the road.

According to The Greeneville Sun, the Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the man who died Thursday as 48-year-old John Cooper.

A THP report says the Greene County Highway Department employee was walking alongside a work truck in Bull’s Gap that was pulling a wood chipper trailer into which he and other workers were feeding tree limbs.

The report says Cooper fell and landed under the driver’s side wheel and suffered fatal injuries.

No citations were issued.

— Associated Press

Lee appoints judges to 2 circuit courts after retirements

Gov. Bill Lee has announced the appointments of two circuit court judges.

Lee said in a statement Friday that Brent Bradberry has been named as a judge in the 24th Judicial District, which includes Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry counties.

Bradberry is an assistant district public defender for the 27th Judicial District. He succeeds Judge C. Creed McGinley, who has retired.

Lee also appointed William E. Phillips II as a judge in the 3rd Judicial District, which covers Greene, Hamblen, Hancock and Hawkins counties.

Phillips is an attorney at Phillips and Hale in Rogersville. He succeeds Judge Thomas J. Wright, who also retired.

— Associated Press

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