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October 2011 Archives

Deadly car accident lands paralyzed man in prison for 12 years

Knoxville residents may have been surprised to learn that a paralyzed man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in connection with a fatal car accident that took the life of another man. The sentencing took place on Oct. 4. The 52-year-old man pleaded guilty back in April to charges of felony possession of a firearm while under the influence, violation of the open container law and breaking various drivers' license laws. But the charge that netted the most time was vehicular homicide in which a 49-year-old man was killed. The car accident occurred when the paralyzed man used tobacco sticks taped to the brake and gas pedal to operate his vehicle.

Two Jefferson County Teenagers Killed on I-40 In Knoxville

Two Jefferson County teens suffer fatal personal injuries after car accident on I-40 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  On 1:01 a.m., on Thursday, October 20, 2011, Jean-Luke Lane and Joshua Allen Bullington, both eighteen from White Pine, Tennesse, died when their car crossed Interstate 40 during a pouring rain and slammed into an oncoming pickup truck. Mr. Lane was driving a 2008 Honda Accord westbound on I-40 east of the Holston River bridge during a heavy rainstorm when he lost control of the car. The car spun and then flipped onto its side before crossing the grassy median and into the eastbound lanes of traffic. The vehicle was then struck by an eastbound 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Athanasios Tsarouhas of Alpharetta, Georgia. Tsarouhas was taken by ambulance to the University of the Tennessee Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. It is unknown if speed factored into the crash or whether the persons involved were using their seatbelts.

Social Security Disability Recipients Get COLA!

Social Security Disability claimants will receive a raise next year!  On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, the Social Security Administration put out a press release announcing that the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for beneficiaries will be 3.6% in 2012. This adjustment affects individuals receiving Old Age and Social Security Disability benefits. In 2011 there was no COLA.

Truck accident on I-81 leaves six injured

Car and truck accidents can happen in an instant. Drivers always need to be vigilant of their surroundings to ensure that they and everyone around them are operating in a safe manner. This is especially true for Interstate highway driving, where vehicles are traveling at a higher speed. If drivers are distracted, they can fail to see if traffic ahead of them has come to a stop.

Proposed Social Security Disability and SSI Changes Analyzed - Part III

This entry is the third and final installment of a review of changes to Social Security Disability and SSI proposed by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) that would supposedly save $3 trillion from entitlement plans. Listed below are some of his "reforms" with some brief comments in italics from this author.

Two-car crash kills popular retired teacher

Most Tennessee drivers who are experienced in driving around the Nashville area know that traffic can get heavy on Interstate 40 during rush hour times. And whether traffic is moving at a crawl or stopped completely, drivers need to be aware of their surroundings. No one should have to fear traveling.

Knoxville man in wheelchair hit and killed by SUV

A Knoxville man died last week after he was hit by a sports utility vehicle. The 68-year-old man had just come off the sidewalk, riding in his motorized wheelchair. As he entered onto Forest Glen Drive in West Knoxville, the driver of the SUV hit him, knocking the man out of his wheelchair. He was taken to UT Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Proposed Social Security Disability and SSI Changes Analyzed - Part II

This entry is the second installment of a review of proposed changes to Social Security Disability and SSI made by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) that would supposedly save $3 trillion from entitlement plans. Listed below are some of his "reforms" with some brief comments in italics from this author. 

Proposed Social Security Disability and SSI Changes Analyzed - Part I

Social Security Disability and SSI are likely to see some changes in the future in order to provide the program with the solvency it needs to take care for those who need the benefits to survive.  However, some proposed changes to the program would significantly harm deserving claimants and only add more expense and confusion to an already confusing system.  Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has proposed a plan that would supposedly save $3 trillion from entitlement plans.  Listed below are some of his "reforms" with some brief comments in italics from this author.  Please check back in the next few weeks to see more of Senator Coburn's wonderful ideas and their common sense results.

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