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The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-3 tornado with estimated winds of 140 miles per hour touched down in the town of Speedwell Sunday evening. 10 homes were destroyed, with many more structures suffering damage. Despite heavy damage, only minor injuries were reported by residents who rode out the storm. The storm caught many off guard, and officials with the National Weather Service say Sunday’s tornado is unusual. Since 1883, there have been only seven tornadoes recorded in July. Red Cross volunteers have been out since Monday morning helping with clean up and assisting those in need.
Gasoline is selling at the lowest price since March amid rising gasoline supplies and falling oil prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular Sunday was $3.52, a drop of 6 cents from last week, while Tennessee's average of $3.30 was a drop of a nickel from last week
A benefit is planned for August 10th at Robin Hood Park in Fairfield Glade to assist a Fairfield Glade family whose home was destroyed by a fire Saturday afternoon. Neighbors alerted officials after noticing flames on the home’s porch. Hot, humid temperatures made conditions a challenge for the volunteer firefighters working the blaze on Runnymeade Drive. Family members say no one was home at the time of the fire; however, the family’s pet cat was inside the home and did not survive.
Officials say more than $400 in damage has been done to the sign at North Cumberland Elementary School. According to reports, the sign was hit at least twice by a shotgun. Deputies reported finding 2 Winchester 12 gauge shells in the vicinity of the sign. There are no witnesses or suspects at this time.
When you go to the polls for the August 7th election, you will notice that it’s a very long ballot…and that’s why Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is recommending that you take advantage of early voting. Hargett says early voting accounted for 47 percent of ballots in August 2010, but says election officials are hoping to increase that to 60 percent this year. Hargett says that is the only way to avoid long lines and late returns on Election Day. Even with heavy early voting, Hargett says some results won't be returned until after midnight. The ballot includes primaries for governor, U.S. senate, and congressional and state legislative seats; county races, judgeships and school board positions; and retention elections for state appellate judges. Early voting is available at the Cumberland County Election Commission office at 2 South Main Street Suite 105 weekdays from 8 to 5 and Saturdays from 8-12 through August 2nd.