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Six employees with the Knox County District Attorney's Office were taken to the hospital Wednesday after one of them found a suspicious substance in a letter. Local 8 Now reports the Sevier County EMA, Sheriff’s Department, Sevierville Fire Department and the T.B.I., F.B.I. and TEMA responded to the scene. No word yet on the victims conditions or what the substance is.
TVA asks customers to conserve electricity during this severe cold weather to reduce demand on the grid and help keep the lights on for everyone. Turn off nonessential lights, appliances, electronics and other electrical equipment. Unplug devices not in use that are still ghosting electricity, lower thermostats a couple of degrees, and if the laundry can wait until the weekend, don’t wash or dry clothes. If we all do a little, it will add up a lot. Please and Thank You!
The District 6AAA basketball tournament has been postponed until Saturday. If the weather cooperates the schedule will be as follows:
Girls consolation - 3:00 (Cookeville vs. Warren County)
Boys consolation - 4:30 (CCHS Jets vs. Cookeville)
Girls championship - 6:00 (CCHS Lady Jets vs. White County)
Boys championship - 7:30 (SMHS Panthers vs. White County)
A Fairfield Glade man is due in court Thursday in the 1st Degree Murder of his girlfriend. 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, with a gunshot wound to the head. Howard is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Thursday, February 19th at 9 a.m. Burnett’s body was taken to the State of Tennessee Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. (Photo Courtesy Cumberland County Sheriff's Dept.)
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 ½ 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.