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In action aired live on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY the Cumberland County teams split their games with visiting Blackman Friday night as the Lady Jets posted a 62-40 win and the Jets fell to the Blaze. The Lady Jets improve to 7 and 2 on the season and have won 5 straight games. The Jets are now 3 and 5 this season. CCHS will host Clarkrange Friday, December 9th and will entertain Bradley Central on Friday, December 16th. The games against Bradley will air on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY.
The SMHS Lady Panthers and Panthers are off to great starts this season as both teams are undefeated. Stone Memorial is scheduled to travel to Pickett County on Monday, December 5th. The next SMHS games scheduled to air live on Mix 99.3 are the contest against Pickett County at SMHS on Tuesday, December 13th.
Officials confirmed that 13 people are dead and 85 people were injured in the heartbreaking Sevier County wildfires.
City leaders identified five people who died as a result of the wildfires.
Jon Tegler, 71, and Janet Tegler, 70, were from Canada, but owned a vacation home on North Skyline Drive in Chalet Village. Their son, Scott, was notified at 6 p.m. on December 1.
Jon Summers, 61, and Janet Summers, 61, were from Memphis, Tennessee. They were staying in Chalet Village on Crooked Ridge Road. Their three sons Paul, Shawn, and Phillip were sent to the burn unit at Vanderbilt Medical Center. One of the brothers was released from the hospital while the other two are still being treated for burns. Jon's brother, Jim, was notified at 5:40 p.m. on December 1.
Officials said Mae Vance died of a heart attack in the wildfires and did not release further information.
The family of Alice Hagler confirmed to Local 8 News Thursday morning that she passed away. Hagler was reported missing Tuesday; she was last seen at her home on Piney Butt Loop in Gatlinburg.
Officials said three people were found dead from fires in the Chalet Village area, and one person was discovered dead near a motel on Highway 321. Three more people were found dead on Campbell Lead Road. Authorities did not release details about the other fatalities.
Two others were rescued safely at Westgate Resorts and one person was rescued on Ski Mountain.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it has received at least 100 phone calls, since it established a hotline, 1-800-TBI-FIND, for people to call with reports of missing loved ones.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday issued an Executive Order ssuspending certain state laws in order to ensure wildfire and severe weather disaster survivors have access to important health care services, consumer rights protections, and availability of state services as they recover.
The executive order includes the following provisions:
- Gives the Commissioner of Health the discretion to allow health care professionals licensed in other states to practice their profession in Tennessee if they are assisting survivors or evacuees from the disasters.
- Allows pharmacists to dispense a 14-day supply of a prescription drug without proper authorization to victims of and evacuees from the disasters in the following counties: Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Cannon, Cocke, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Jefferson, Knox, Lincoln, Loudon, Marion, Marshall, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Moore, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Rutherford, Sequatchie, Sevier, Van Buren, and Warren.
- Suspends residency rules for enrollment in Tennessee Department of Health programs for eligible wildfire and severe weather survivors. These programs include: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children; Renal Disease Program; Hemophilia Program; Children’s Special Services; and the Child Safety Fund.
- Gives the Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance the discretion to direct Tennessee-licensed insurance companies to make reasonable efforts to assist policyholders who have experienced losses as a result of the disasters, specifically when a delay in premium payment appears to be the result of a disruption to the mail delivery system or the policyholder’s displacement.
- Suspends rules to allow the Board for Licensing Contractors to temporarily license contractors without examination if he or she provides sufficient proof that the issuance of the license is to assist victims of or evacuees from the disasters and the person has sufficient experience and knowledge in the appropriate field of contracting.
- Authorizes the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to waive any applicable fees for duplicate driver licenses or photo identification licenses issued to persons affected by the disasters.
- Encourages all state agencies to work with those adversely affected by a disruption to the mail delivery system or displacement due to the disasters and take those circumstances into account with respect to giving notice and providing state services.
The executive order enacts a state of emergency from November 28, 2016 through January 30, 2017.
Under the state of emergency, price gouging laws are in effect, making it unlawful for individuals and businesses to charge grossly excessive prices for essential goods and services including repair or construction services, building materials, gasoline, food items, medical supplies, housing, storage services, and other necessities in direct response to a disaster.
The Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Consumer Affairs serves as the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints and offers a price gouging complaint form on their website: http://tn.gov/commerce/article/consumer-price-gouging-complaint or by calling (800) 342-8385.
A wildfire outbreak in Sevier County on November 28 devastated the City of Gatlinburg and impacted the City of Pigeon Forge, causing at least ten fatalities, a number of injuries and individuals missing or unaccounted for, and damaged or destroyed hundreds of structures.
Severe weather and tornados on November 29 impacted eight counties in southeastern Tennessee causing four confirmed fatalities and numerous injuries.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Crime Unit, along with authorities in Sequatchie County, have charged 24-year-old Dakota Ashton Tucker of Monteagle for deliberately setting a fire that burned 65 acres.
Tucker is now charged with setting fire to personal property or land for the fire that occurred November 14 near Sunshine Road in Sequatchie County. He is currently being held in the Grundy County jail. Additional charges against Tucker are pending.
Setting fire to personal property or land is a Class E felony. Conviction carries a sentence of 1 to 6 years incarceration and up to $3,000 in fines.
This year, more than 1,400 wildfires have burned across the state. Almost half of those are suspected arson.
Anyone who believes they’ve seen woods arson activity should call Tennessee’s Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. A cash reward of up to $2,500 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. You can also report woods arson activity to the Ag Crime Unit at 1-844-AGCRIME (1-844-242-7463). Callers may remain anonymous.
Due to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires, a Governor’s regional burn ban remains in effect for East Tennessee and much of Middle Tennessee including Cumberland County.
(Photo courtesy TN Dept. of Ag)
Sevier County is open for business and welcomes visitors. Officials say they are humbled by the outpouring of well wishes and support from not only Tennessee but around the world. While access to Gatlinburg is still limited, Mayor Mike Werner has extended an invitation to anyone who wants to come to the city to show their support. There was no damage to businesses in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Wares Valley and those areas need your tourist dollars now more than ever. Winterfest is going on now in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge and Dollywood plans to reopen this Friday. Sevier Co. officials say "If you want to help, come visit us".