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Volunteer Energy Cooperative officials say that Wednesday was a productive day for VEC workers. At 4:20 p.m. ET, the current total outage count stands at 14,700 (Cumberland – 9,300; Fentress – 1,300; Putnam – 1,400; White – 1,200; Overton – 1,000; scattered outages in other areas). Feeder line repair is going well and poles continue to be replaced, according to officials.If VEC customers are in an area that is predicted to have winter weather this evening, officials warn them to please be prepared.
The ice storm this past weekend caused massive damage, particularly on the Cumberland Plateau. It is hard for many of us to imagine, but folks nearby, right here in Tennessee, are having trouble getting basic necessities. Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Offices in Dayton, Gordonsville, McMinnville, Smithville, and Woodbury will be accepting donations to be gathered and transported to those in need. Our Sparta and Crossville Offices are doing all they can to keep up with the calls, so we do ask that items not be dropped off at those two locations. MTNG will accept donations from now until 3 p.m. Friday, February 27th. Items needed are: Pop-top canned food, Sugar-free foods, Paper products, Baby food, Garbage bags, New blankets, Flashlights, Batteries, Toiletries, Socks, Toboggans, Small gas cans, Baby wipes,Hand sanitize, Pop Tarts, Peanut butter crackers, Juice Boxes, Adult and baby diapers. It is requested that you please do not donate candles as they are a safety hazard. The Putnam County Emergency Operations Center has also advised that a disaster relief fund has been set up for those wishing to make a monetary donation. The Bank of Putnam County has set up an account called the “Monterey Disaster Relief Fund”. To make a donation, please contact them at 931-528-5441 or 931-839-2211. Dayton 951 Market Street, Dayton, TN; Gordonsville 126 JMZ Drive, Gordonsville, TN; McMinnville 569 N. Chancery Street, McMinnville, TN; Smithville 1036 W. Broad Street, Smithville, TN; Woodbury 614 W. Main Street, Woodbury, TN
Governor Haslam was in Cumberland County Tuesday afternoon, touring the storm damaged that many are comparing to a tornado. Haslam actually flew over the county Tuesday afternoon and he says the damage was actually worse than a tornado. The difference is there's no path or pattern to the destruction. It's all over the place. Local 8 Now reports that TEMA still has around 100 people working around the clock at the state level. Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox says the main roads are clear, but some of the back roads are still dangerous. The county also confirmed one person had died from carbon monoxide poisoning. "If you know of someone that you're concerned about please either check them yourself or if you can't or are not comfortable doing that for some reason, let law enforcement know or let us at TEMA know, our primary concern is with safety and welfare of citizens,” Gov. Haslam said. Crews have been working to get power lines back up, but it will likely a few more days before it’s all back on. They're working to get a federal emergency declaration. If that happens, the federal government will pay for 75-percent of the costs. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)
The State Forestry is issuing burn permits in Cumberland County, but they are down to one working phone line. The number to call to get your burn permit in Cumberland County is (931)-484-4548.
CMC Wellness Complex in Woodmere Mall is a Warming Station for anyone who needs to get out of the cold, take a shower or get a cup of hot coffee. Open until 8 p.m. Mon. – Thur., Fri 5 a.m. to 6:30, Sat. 7 to 4; Sun. 1 pm to 6 pm. They will continue to serve as a Warming Station as long as there is a need.
The CMC Wellness Complex in Fairfield Glade is a Warming Station for those needing to escape the cold. There will be hot coffee, hot cocoa, and hot showers available, they just ask you bring your own towels. You can also charge up your electronics. Open 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. thru Friday. Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun. 1p.m. to 6 p.m. They will continue to serve as a Warming Station as long as there is a need.
Cumberland Fellowship Church, behind KMart in Crossville, is a Red Cross shelter. If you need transportation to the church call the Cumberland County Fire Department at 484-8448.
Homestead United Methodist Church is a Warming Station for anyone who needs to get out of the cold. Free Soup, Coffee, Cocoa, charge up your electronics. Open Until 4 p.m. They will continue to serve as a Warming Station as long as there is a need.
Fellowship Baptist Church of Fairfield Glade at 12 Westminister Court is be open as a shelter. There will be an area made available for small pets, and it would be appreciated if you bring a crate and food for your pet. If you would like to spend the night, they ask you bring your own bedding or sleeping bag. Hot showers are available at the FFG Community Center.. For more information, call Stretch at (205)-422-8929. They will continue to serve as a Warming Station as long as there is a need.
The Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center is continuing to serve as a Warming Station and a temporary shelter while people are transported to Cumberland Fellowship Church. They will continue to serve as a Warming Station as long as there is a need.