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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 its 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.
Volunteer Energy Cooperative officials report that they are seeing steady progress in outage restoration on the Cumberland Plateau. Currently, approximately 19,000 customers remain without power. County totals are: Cumberland 12,000; Fentress 2,500; Putnam 1,500; White 1,200; Overton 1,000; McMinn 600; and scattered outages in other areas. Work on the three-phase lines and connecting feeder lines continues, officials report. Crews are working 16-hour rotating shifts so that restoration continues around the clock. A weather system is predicted to bring snow to the southern VEC service area today and we urge customers to make preparations in case of outages in this area. Updates are being posted on the VEC web page (vec.org) and the VEC Facebook page.
Due to the threat of snow and bad weather tonight; all games scheduled in the Region Basketball Tournament at Ooltewah today have been cancelled (both the Cumberland County High School Lady Jets and Stone Memorial High School Panthers are playing in the tourney).