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The National Weather Service has crews out today to survey storm damage in northwest Middle Tennessee. They’ll be assessing potential tornado touchdowns along the path of a long track supercell that tracked from northwest Perry County through Humphreys, Houston, Dickson and Montgomery counties. Widespread storm damage was reported across the Midstate, with numerous reports of downed trees and power lines. In Macon County, the fire department had to rescue a person who drove into flood waters. In Clay County at least four homes were heavily damaged north of Highway 62. Cumberland County saw heavy rain and gusty winds. Motorists woke up to rain slick roadways with ponding in low lying areas and had to dodge small limbs and other debris. At least one person ran into a ditch on Highway 70 North just before Plateau Road early Tuesday morning. It’s not known at this time if they were hurt.
A new study says tourism spending in Tennessee last year grew at twice the overall inflation rate. The U.S. Travel study shows tourism spending helps support about one of every 20 jobs in Tennessee. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday that the state's tourism industry grew by 3.3 percent in 2013 to more than $27 billion. The industry employs 236,200 workers in Tennessee.
With the Nov. 1 deadline to apply approaching, the Tennessee Promise program could be on pace to perhaps double the state's goal of applications. More than 35,000 high school students have applied for the program, which offers free tuition at the state's two-year community colleges and colleges of applied technology. That means some two-thirds of the 60,000 public high school seniors in Tennessee could eventually sign up for the program. The state's goal was 20,000 applications.
Tennessee Fire Marshal Gary West says a door can be a valuable firefighting tool. West says in a fire, closing the door when leaving a room that's on fire is a smart move. The state Department of Commerce and Insurance last week announced its "Close the Door" campaign and says closing the door reduces fire growth and spread, limits damage to the home and could save lives. The agency says a closed door can hinder flames and smoke from spreading as well as help deprive a fire of oxygen. The department advises sleeping with the door closed and says closing the door can give anyone inside a burning building time to escape and help control the blaze.
A Crossville man died Saturday from injuries he sustained in a wreck in Fentress County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that 53 year old Rocky D. Davenport was traveling North Bound on 127 Saturday morning around 11:25 when his 2006 Ford Mustang left the road and went into a ditch, then traveled through a fence and struck a mound of dirt before it overturned. Davenport was fatally injured in the accident.