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By RACHAEL LONG
The resolution was carried through the House by Rep. Sam Whitson (R-Franklin), who worked with Sen. Jack Johnson to get the resolution on the Senate Health and Welfare Committee’s consent agenda for Wednesday afternoon.
The resolution details the high number of deaths that have occurred at the bridge in the last two decades, as well as the ability of National Parks Service rangers and local law enforcement to respond to suicide situations.
It also emphasizes the pervasiveness of suicide in Tennessee, noting that three Tennesseans die each day from suicide, which is the leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 17. More than 1,000 Tennessee lives are lost to suicide each year, with an estimated 25 attempts for each suicide death, according to the resolution.
The resolution has been referred to the Senate Calendar Committee and will be heard next on the Senate floor.