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The State Emergency Operations Center remains active with staff support from the American Red Cross, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, and the Tennessee departments of Finance & Administration, Health, and Transportation. A fast-moving, strong cold front will bring some of the coldest temperatures of winter to Tennessee tonight, along with the possibility of ˝ to 1 inch of additional snow, across the north half of Middle Tennessee.
Tennessee now has four (4), confirmed weather-related fatalities as follows:
• Knox County: One (1) fatality, 30-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
• Overton County: One (1) fatality, 38-year-old female, motor vehicle accident
• Williamson County: Two (2) fatalities: 34-year-old female and 10-year-old male, motor vehicle accident
As of Tuesday night more than 59,000 customers are still without power across 20 counties, with the highest outages in Bedford, Blount, Cheatham, Knox, Monroe Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Smith and Warren.
A Roane County Highway Department employee was flown to UT Medical Center after he was trapped under a tree Tuesday afternoon in Rockwood. Scott Martin was attempting to cut down a tree when the top broke and fell on him. His condition has not been released.
A TDOT worker had a close call Tuesday morning on I-40 when a pickup truck slid on ice and he jumped out of the way at the last second. The incident was captured on a Knoxville police officer’s dash camera. The worker was helping to clear the scene of a tractor-trailer accident when the pickup spun out of control and skidded across the median heading right for him. Fortunately, no one was injured. TDOT crews worked dozens of wrecks across the state Tuesday. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported Tuesday that there have been three (3) weather-related fatalities in the state – one (1) in Knox County and two (2) in Williamson County.
Former University of Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson surrendered to Knox County authorities Tuesday, less than a week after a grand jury indicted him on rape charges. Local 8 Noe reports that a Knox County Grand Jury indicted Johnson and Michael Williams last Friday from rape charges stemming from November 2014. Johnson's bond is set at $40,000. Williams was released on the same bond amount last week. The NFL rescinded Johnson's invitation to the NFL Combine after last week's charges came down. (Photo Courtesy WVLT).
As of 10:44 a.m. (Central Time) Tuesday, VEC crews were working to restore power to about 5,562 VEC members who are without power. Due to snow and ice accumulation trees and tree limbs have fallen into power lines causing the outages. The hardest hit areas are Rhea County with 1,879 outages; Roane County with 1,122 outages, Cumberland County with 939 outages, White County with 624 outages, Meigs County with 541 outages, and McMinn County with 359 outages. Crews will continue working until power has been restored to all affected customers. VEC apologizes for any inconveniences caused by the outages.