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After fatal crash, lawmakers mull seat belt requirement
December 18, 2014
Some Tennessee lawmakers are considering a seat belt mandate for new school buses following a recent collision that killed two children and a bus aide. Legislators are reviewing research and looking into the cost.
Driver refuses drug test after minor accident, loses job
December 9, 2014
Stewart County Schools in Dover, Tennessee, terminated Bruce Siders’ employment after he said he refused the screening, required by school board policy following any bus accident. No one was injured and there was no indication Siders was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, officials say.
Crash between 2 school buses kills bus aide, 2 students
December 4, 2014
The Knoxville (Tenn.) School District buses were traveling in opposite directions when one made a sharp left turn, crossed over a median, and struck the side of the other bus, which flipped onto its side. Two children and the aide were pronounced dead at the scene.
Driver, aide start Thanksgiving turkey drive for needy students
December 2, 2014
Murfreesboro (Tenn.) City Schools bus driver Vegas Cowart and her assistant Ed Arno started a drawing contest to give away turkeys to two students on their route. They got many more entries than expected and help from the transportation department and community, and ended up giving away more than 90 turkeys.
Tennessee school board temporarily restores bus service
August 14, 2014
The Oak Ridge Board of Education is bringing back school bus service to about 1,300 of 1,800 students who had been affected by an expanded “parent responsibility zone,” following protests from parents and grandparents. The zone was expanded to 1.5 miles in June in an effort to reduce a $1.25 million budget deficit.
Tennessee district awards expanded contract to Durham
May 28, 2014
The contractor will provide service to Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tenn., for four more years starting July 1. Durham School Services has served the district in a smaller capacity since 2010, and will now take over and operate its entire fleet and all of its routes.
Video shows woman boarding bus, threatening children
May 8, 2014
The woman, Kela leshia Hand, confronts a child she believed hit her stepdaughter and threatens the other children on the bus. She is later joined by her partner and four other adults, who walk into the bus against the driver’s objections.
Tennessee raises school bus service age limit
May 2, 2014
The bill signed by Gov. Bill Haslam amends current law by allowing Type C and Type D school buses to be used until they reach their 18th year of service, and they can also be used beyond that, but they must have fewer than 200,000 miles of recorded travel, and they must undergo two inspections per year. The bill is now in effect.
Law enforcement official named School Bus Champion
March 11, 2014
Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Ray Robinson, who is the head of the pupil transportation division of the Highway Patrol and also serves as Tennessee’s chief safety inspector for school buses, receives the American School Bus Council’s award. “To someone who works a lot with oil and grease, there is no bigger honor than to be recognized by your peers,” Robinson says upon accepting the award.
Man charged with DUI after crashing into school bus
March 5, 2014
Witnesses in Knoxville, Tenn., tell police that a Jeep rear-ended an SUV, then shot through the median and hit the driver’s side of a school bus that had around 45 students on board. The Jeep driver is accused of driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and other charges.
District revamps transportation, reduces late buses by 97%
January 29, 2014
Tennessee’s Metro Nashville Public Schools restructured the department last fall, and officials say the number of late morning buses has decreased 69% since Oct. 1, and the number of late afternoon buses has decreased 28%. Customer service and turnaround time on bus repairs have also improved.
In harsh cold, school buses serve as warming stations
January 24, 2014
With temperatures hovering in the single digits on Thursday, Nashville residents who needed a break from the bitter cold could climb aboard a "Mobile Warming Station" — also known as a yellow school bus. The city's Office of Emergency Management partnered with Metro Nashville Public Schools for the innovative program.
Bill would remove school bus age limit in Tennessee
January 23, 2014
The bill would prohibit the state from limiting the use of Type C and Type D school buses by years of service or by miles driven — as long as the buses are inspected at least once each school year and are deemed safe.
Another push to raise school bus age limit in Tennessee
December 30, 2013
Four years ago, a bill that was passed in Tennessee raised the maximum age for school buses from 15 to 17 years. Now, officials in some counties are advocating another increase in the state’s limit on school bus service life.
Wheel end assembly cited in school bus fire
August 22, 2013
A fire on a Blue Bird propane school bus on Monday likely originated in a wheel end assembly and did not compromise the propane fuel tanks, an independent fire investigator finds. There was no one on the bus at the time of the fire, and the engine was off.
Durham wins Tennessee contract
June 26, 2013
The school bus contractor’s agreement with Hardin County Schools in Savannah is scheduled to begin July 1 in preparation for the upcoming school year. Durham will serve seven schools with 43 buses that will be equipped with GPS and video cameras.
Bus driver suspended after wreck story proven false
May 30, 2013
The school bus driver reportedly tells investigators that the accident she was in was caused by an oncoming car moving into her lane. But an onboard camera recording shows that she was distracted for a few seconds by a student, and it also shows two cars passing the bus in the proper lane approximately 15 to 20 seconds before the wreck.
Program makes bus driver certification more efficient
May 29, 2013
Tennessee launches the THP Pupil Transportation Certification application, which replaces a paper-based manual process. Officials expect the program’s mobile and web-based components to provide substantial savings in time and expense and a significant reduction in errors due to manual entry.
Ad firm owner: Bus ads are safe, beneficial for districts
May 16, 2013
Todd Isaacs of District Solutions says that school bus advertising can help cash-strapped districts raise revenue, and he points to the ads' record on the road. The approximately $15,000 that one district has raised so far is being put toward transportation for homeless students to after-school programs.
4 students charged in school bus vandalism
April 8, 2013
At a Tennessee school, one bus had a broken window, and fire extinguishers had been removed from four buses and discharged inside one of them. A school resource officer develops information that leads to the arrest of three middle school students and one high school student.
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