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Volunteer Energy Cooperative reports that progress continues on outages on the Cumberland Plateau. VEC now has approximately 400 workers deployed in this area, including 50 service and 30 right-of-way crews. In addition to the electric systems that were assisting this morning, personnel from Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation and Cumberland Electric Cooperative are on scene.
Estimates are that about 300 poles will need to be replaced; this work has already begun. Often when crews go to an area to restore an outage they discover additional damage that results in fewer outages in one area but more outages in another.
Currently the following outage numbers are reported: 16,000 in Cumberland County, 2,700 in Fentress County, 1,000 in Overton County, 9,00 in Meigs County, 1,600 in Putnam County, and 1,300 in White County as well as a few scattered outages in other areas. Crews continue to work around the clock and appreciate the acts of kindness shown to crews over the past few days by individuals and businesses.
• Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox is warning the public about scammers who are offering clean up and repair services. These individuals demand payment up front and then do not complete the job. Sheriff Cox encourages citizens not to pay before the job is complete and if you are approached by anyone who demands payment up front, call the Sheriff’s office at 931-484-6176.
Crossville First United Methodist Church is organizing community-wide volunteer clean up effort out of their office. Feel free to call the church at 484-3537 to let them know if you have needs they can could address. Presently, they are focusing on immediate and urgent cleanup needs such as driveway clearing, some tree cutting, and temporary repairs to roofs or windows. Some needs will be beyond our abilities, though they do have trained emergency response teams on hand. They will be working most of the week from 8:30 AM until dark. They are glad to receive volunteers who can serve with their skilled teams or our unskilled teams. Just call Crossville First United Methodist Church at 484-3537 or come by 100 Braun Street. Phones will be answered after 8:30 in the morning and until 5 each day.
The Cumberland County High School Lady Jets opened Region Tournament play scoring the game’s first 24 points and rolling to a 92-45 win over the Lady Trojans from Soddy Daisy Monday at CCHS. The Lady Jets, now 25 and 4 on the season, advance to the Region semi-finals and will play Cookeville, a 47-41 winner at Walker Valley, Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 at Ooltewah High School. White County will play Bradley Central in the other semi-final game.
The Cumberland High School Jets and the Stone Memorial High School Panthers will see action in the Region Tournament Tuesday. The Panthers play host to the Ooltewah Owls while the Jets travel to Bradley Central to play the Bears. Both games begin at 6:00; SMHS action airs on Mix 99.3 with CCHS action on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee remains on Level II State of Emergency as thousands of people remain without power after last week’s winter weather.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says fog on the Cumberland Plateau impeded response efforts Sunday, preventing Civil Air Patrol and Tennessee Highway Patrol flights over the area. THP also put on hold plans to conduct rolling road blocks on Interstate 40 for power restoration missions.
Chainsaw crews from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Division of Forestry and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster were sent to eight plateau counties Monday. Additional teams will join then from the Tennessee National Guard, which has deployed 20 personnel to the plateau counties for debris management.
Six Humvee teams are conducting welfare checks and helping local officials in Putnam County.
More than 34,000 Tennesseans are till without power, with 20,000 of those in Cumberland County. Fentress County has 8,555 outages. One thousand outages each are reported in Morgan, Scott and Putnam counties. Overton County has 1,176, White County has 1,311 and Bledsoe County has 220.
Seven shelters remain open across the state. Among those are Cumberland Fellowship Baptist Church in Crossville which has 146 occupants as of Monday morning, and First Baptist Church in Jamestown, where eight people are staying. Other shelters are open in Overton, Putnam and White counties.
The death toll from the winter weather across the state remains at 22:
Benton County – One (1) fatality: 64-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
Hamilton County – One (1) fatality: 63-year-old male, hypothermia related
Haywood County – One (1) fatality: 40-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
Henry County – Two (2) fatalities:
64-year-old female, hypothermia related
69-year-old male, hypothermia related
Hickman County One (1) fatality: 67-year-old male, dialysis patient, unable to get to treatment
Knox County – Four (4) fatalities:
30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident;
75-year-old male, fire;
68-year-old female, fire;
47-year-old male, fire
Moore County – One (1) fatality: 73-year-old male, hypothermia
Overton County – One (1) fatality: 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
Roane County – One (1) fatality: 44-year-old male, hypothermia related
Sequatchie – One (1) fatality: 85-year-old male, hypothermia related
Sevier – Two (2) fatalities,
70-year-old female, weather related;
Male (age unknown), weather related
Shelby County – Three (3) fatalities:
48-year-old male, hypothermia related;
Male (age unknown), hypothermia related;
(Demographics unknown), hypothermia related
Sumner County – One (1) fatality: Mail, 60s, weather related
Williamson County – Two (2) fatalities:
34-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident