Arrest made in Walnut Grove arson case

DEC. 22 – A joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Fire Investigation Service has resulted in the indictment and arrest of a Waterloo, Alabama man on an arson charge, according to the TBI.

At the request of District Attorney General Matt Stowe, TBI began a joint investigation with the Tennessee Fire Investigation Service into the early Halloween morning fire at 2560 Fox Hollow Loop in Walnut Grove. 

The TBI said Thursday afternoon that Bradley Dale Balentine, 30, of Waterloo, Alabama intentionally set fire to a barn containing about 175 rolls of hay. As a result of the investigation, Balentine was indicted and arrested for arson in connection with the fire.


TDOT halting lane closures for high-traffic holidays

DEC. 21 – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2. 

“With over 2 million drivers expected to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, keeping traffic moving and getting motorists to their destinations safely is our top priority,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “As always, please wear your seatbelt, reduce your speed, avoid distractions, and never drink and drive.”

Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety, all construction related closures will be suspended during the holiday period. Workers may still be on-site in some construction zones.


Man killed in crash into creek

DEC. 17 – Timothy J. Creasy, 43, of Scotts Hill, Tennessee was killed in a single-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on Fellowship Road in Hardin County.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Creasy was driving a 2012 Nissan eastbound while negotiating a left curve and crossed over to the wrong side of the road. 

Creasy swerved to miss oncoming traffic and exited the roadway on the south side. After leaving the roadway  the Nissan struck a concrete guardrail and continued on into a creek, coming to rest upside down in the water.


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