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Officials say police in Tennessee and Kentucky are partnering this month to look for impaired drivers near the state line.

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  The Tennessee Highway Patrol is exploring the idea of equipping its troopers with body cameras.

The Tennessean reports that the idea is included in a request for information about the possible purchase. The request also seeks out new cameras in police cars that record incidents on the road.

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol is warning motorists about deer-related crashes during the fall and winter.

THP Colonel Tracy Trott is urging drivers to be aware and cautious in areas where deer are found.

Trott says the chances of striking deer are considerably higher during hunting and mating season, especially in November. There were almost 6,000 deer-related crashes in 2012.

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol says traffic fatalities on state roadways have declined nearly 14 percent for the first six months of 2013, compared with the same period last year.   THP Colonel Tracy Trott says 436 people died in traffic crashes from January 1st through June 30th. 

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In Kentucky:

TN Safety chief stresses merit in trooper promotions

Sep 12, 2012
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Tennessee Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons says he had to send strong signals early in his time in charge of the state Highway Patrol that the election of a new governor would not lead to favoritism for certain troopers.  Gibbons says Republican Governor Bill Haslam insisted after his 2010 election that only performance and merit would influence promotions and assignments.  Gibbons says after the initial surprise on behalf of some within the agency, the policy has contributed to improved morale.  Former Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen had to overhaul the agency following a series of scand