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VEC Update
VEC Saturday February 21, 2015

Ice Storm, High Winds Causing Extensive Power Outages. Heavy ice and high winds are causing extensive power outages across Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s 17-county service area. As of 9:32 a.m. Eastern Time about 28,000 customers are without power. In anticipation of the severe weather VEC positioned crews in critical locations last night in an effort to respond as quickly as possible and crews will continue working until power has been restored to all customers. The damage across the system has been extensive. Downed trees have pulled down power lines and broken at least 100 poles in Cumberland County alone. Full restoration is expected to take several days in some of the hardest hit areas. The highest concentration of outages are in Cumberland County with 18,129 outages; Fentress County with 5,344 outages; Putnam County with 2,640 outages; White County with 1.301 outages; Overton County with 1.175 outages; and Bledsoe County with 230 outages. VEC Vice President of Operations Clyde Jolley said the extent of the damage and road conditions are slowing down restoration efforts. “With so many trees down and the icy road conditions, it is slow going in some areas,” Jolley said. “But our crews will be working non-stop until power is restored to all VEC customers. We apologize for the inconveniences.” Volunteer Energy Cooperative is a not-for-profit electricity distribution cooperative serving 114,000 members across a 17-county service area. - 30 – Periodic updates are also available at and on Facebook at Volunteer Energy Cooperative – Official


TN Lawmakers Wish To Legalize Small Amounts of Marijuana
WATE/Samantha Friday February 20, 2015

WATE states that two Tennessee lawmakers have introduced companion bills that would legalize the possession and casual exchange of up to half an ounce of marijuana. The bills were proposed in the State House Rep. Harold Love, D-Nashville, and in the State Senate by Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville. They would amend the Tennessee Code to allow possession and casual, non-monetary exchange of small amounts of marijuana. Possession, casual exchange or distribution of one ounce or more would then become a misdemeanor with a $100 fine. The amendment would not affect “non-leafy, resinous material containing tetrahydrocannabinol (hashish),” which would still be illegal in any amount without a prescription. If passed, the amendment would take effect on July 1.


Ice Storm Warning
NWS Friday February 20, 2015

Ice Storm Warning in effect from noon today to 9 am CST Saturday... Winter Storm Warning is cancelled...
The National Weather Service in Nashville has issued an Ice Storm Warning... which is in effect from noon today to 9 am CST Saturday. The Winter Storm Warning has been cancelled.
* Timing... noon Friday to 9 am Saturday. * Accumulations... up to 1 inch of snow Friday... followed by one tenth to one half inch of ice in the form of freezing rain Friday evening through early Saturday morning. Areas along and north of Interstate 40 will be the hardest hit with the best chance of approaching up to a half inch of ice.
* Other impacts... major disruptions to travel are expected Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning. Gusty winds will add to the threat for falling limbs and power outages. A coating of ice already exists on trees across much of the area and this will only worsen the threat. Warming temperatures... melting snow and ice... and heavy rainfall will bring the potential for localized flooding on Saturday. Precautionary/preparedness actions... An Ice Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged. Commerce will likely be severely impacted. If you must travel... keep an extra flashlight... food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Ice accumulations and winds will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches thatadd to the danger.

Mathew Howard Court Date Postponed in 1st Degree Murder of Tara Burnett

Mathew Howard Court Date Postponed in 1st Degree Murder of Tara Burnett
CCSD/Peg Broadcasting News Friday February 20, 2015

Mathew Howard, charged in the 1st Degree Murder of his girlfriend, did not appear in court Thursday as scheduled. District Attorney Bryant Dunaway postponed the appearance to a later date.. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department apprehended 39 year old Mathew B. Howard on Monday. According to a press release from Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox, Howard called authorities early Monday morning to report his girlfriend, 33 year old Tara L. Burnett, had been shot. Burnett's body was found in the bedroom of their Fairfield Glade home, with a gunshot wound to the head. Howard’s bond was set at $1 million.


Update: Tennessee Remains Under State of Emergency as Weather-related Death Toll Climbs to Eleven
TEMA/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday February 19, 2015

Tennessee remains under a State of Emergency as the weather-related death toll continues to climb. At least six people have died from hypothermia statewide: one each in Roane, Sequatchie, Shelby, and Hamilton Counties; two in Henry County. Four others have died in motor vehicle accidents caused by icy roads, and in Hickman County a dialysis patient died, unable to get to treatment because of the severe weather. The preliminary total of weather-related deaths now stands at 11 in Tennessee. Officials fear we could see even more weather-related fatalities as another wintry blast hits the Volunteer State. A Winter Storm Warning for ice and snow is in effect from noon Friday to 9 am CST Saturday with the potential for 1 to 2 inches of snow and up to a half inch of ice. The National Weather Service is urging everyone to get prepared for possible power outages.


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