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The final regular monthly meeting for council members Pete Souza and Jesse Kerley was adjourned before all business matters were addressed, after Souza attempted to present ethics violations against Kerley and the interim City Manager. Council member Danny Wyatt had offered a motion that the new council address the 13 ethics complaints during a special call. Council member Pam Harris was the second to that motion, but after further comment from Souza that singled out a city employee in the audience Harris left the meeting, followed by Danny Wyatt. While left with a quorum, Mayor Mayberry adjourned the meeting with a motion on the floor.
On Thursday night, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) issued a Level 3 State of Emergency in place for Tennessee in response to the drought and wildfire impacts.
TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan said, “Approximately 302 of Tennessee’s 480 water systems are experiencing some level of drought impact, ranging from moderate to exceptional. At least three counties have requested water for residents whose wells have run completely dry of water."
In the past month, an estimated 6,000 to 6,200 acres burned due to wildfires in Bledsoe, Hamilton, Monroe, and Sequatchie counties. Currently, there are 53 active fires in Tennessee impacting 9,680 acres. On Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, residents in 10 to 15 homes near the Flippers Bend fire in Hamilton County were evacuated. An additional wildfire in Hamilton County and wildfires in Campbell and Sequatchie counties are also threatening homes and property.
Relief from the drought and wildfire threat is not expected to come soon as weather forecasts are not showing any significant precipitation in Tennessee through the remainder of 2016.
The State of Emergency will allow TEMA to engage personnel and resources from State and Federal partners to respond effectively and quickly to protect lives and property from what is emerging as a prolonged drought and wildfire threat in Tennessee.”
Crews from Florida have arrived to assist the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry fight wildfires in the southeastern part of the state.
As of November 10, there were 53 fires are active in the Cumberland and East Tennessee Districts, affecting 9,680 acres.
The team from the Florida Forest Service will be stationed at the Incident Command Post in Kimball, Tenn. The Kimball Incident Management Team (IMT) is supervising the Flipper Bend fire and other large fires in that area. Two other IMTs are overseeing and supporting firefighting efforts from posts in Cookeville and Knoxville.
A ban remains on outdoor burning and permits are not expected to be issued until substantial precipitation is received.
Frank P. Brown Elementary School will have their annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11 at 9:00 a.m. Community members are invited, and they especially welcome those who have served in the armed forces and their families. A reception for veterans and their family members will follow the program. The school is located at 3766 Dunbar Road, near Lake Tansi.
Frost advisory in effect from 2 am to 8 am CST Friday for Cumberland and surrounding counties.
- Temperature... lows in the mid and upper 30s.
- Impacts... unprotected sensitive outdoor vegetation could be
harmed or killed by frost formation tonight.
A frost advisory means that widespread frost is expected.
Sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.