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Durham donates school bus to non-profit
September 24, 2015
The contractor donated a newly retrofitted school bus to Knowledge Quest, an educational non-profit organization in Tennessee. Bridgestone Tires donated new tires for the bus.
Tennessee district names new director of transportation
September 14, 2015
Jerry Partlow returns to Wilson County Schools after the firing of Tiffany Lowery, who held the transportation director position for less than a year.
School bus driver removed from route denies texting
August 17, 2015
Charles Ramey Jr., who was removed from the Knox County (Tenn.) Schools eligibility roster after an investigation found he was texting while driving a bus, says he picked up the phone, read a message from his employer and put the phone down.
More details on school bus driver in Tennessee crash
July 2, 2015
Autopsy results show that James Davenport, who was injured in the crash, died later of natural causes but was on several medications at the time of his death. However, earlier toxicology reports showed that he did not have drugs in his system at the time of the crash.
Police: School bus driver in fatal crash was texting
June 5, 2015
Investigators find that school bus driver James Davenport was distracted by texting during the time leading up to the Dec. 2 crash that killed three. Davenport died on June 1.
Trees planted in memory of school bus crash victims
May 15, 2015
School staff and family members held a ceremony to honor two students and a teacher’s aide who were killed in a school bus accident in Tennessee in December.
3 teens charged with stealing school bus
May 15, 2015
According to Nashville police, the middle school students drove the bus for almost an hour and struck a utility pole, damaging the front door.
Officer honored for response to fatal school bus crash
March 31, 2015
When two school buses collided in East Knoxville, Tennessee, School Resource Officer Trish Ward helped evacuate students and reunite them with their parents.
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.
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