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The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reports that there are now 30 weather-related fatalities statewide. That includes an 83 year-old Cumberland County man who died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputies discovered the elderly man deceased in his Highway 70 East home while doing a welfare check. Sheriff Casey Cox reports his department has conducted hundreds of welfare checks since the winter storms moved into the area last week. Of those who have died since the storms moved in February 16th, over half succumbed to hypothermia and three died in fires.
The brush collection for the City of Crossville will be changed to the following schedule due to the recent
• If your regular trash pick up day is Monday, brush collection will occur March 2 thru March 6.
• If your regular trash pick up day is Tuesday, brush collection will occur March 9 thru March 13.
• If your regular trash pick up day is Wednesday, brush collection will occur March 16 thru 20.
• If your regular trash pick up day is Thursday or Friday, brush collection will occur March 23 thru
The City will follow this schedule as closely as possible. They will update the schedule each week if needed based on the amount of brush collected and the amount of time it takes to collect it.
Rules for Brush Collection
1. Brush from commercial tree and landscaping services must be disposed of by the contracting
company and not left for collection by the city contractor.
2. Brush must not be larger than 4 inches in diameter and no longer than 6 feet.
3. Brush pile must be within 5 feet of the curb and not placed against trees, fences, utility poles or
other stationary objects. Piles must be no lager than 4ft high, 4ft wide and 8ft long.
4. Brush needs to be at the curb by 7am on the Monday of your scheduled pick up week. We will not be able to make return trips during the week when we have already serviced a particular area.
Homestead United Methodist Church on Hwy. 68 across from Homestead Elementary, will be distributing boxes of nonperishable food to those in need of food on Saturday Feb. 28th from 9:00 am-11:00 am. Please spread the word as there are probably many in our county that need food.
If you have any questions call the church office 484-7996 or call 510-1922.
Volunteer Energy Cooperative reports that outage restoration work continues last night and this morning on the Cumberland Plateau. The top priority is to perform this work in a systematic, planned way so that crews can work safely and efficiently. As the work is performed, additional damage is discovered that needs to be repaired. The focus is on replacing poles so that lines can be restrung. A number of local businesses and individuals have donated food and supplies for the crews. VEC officials say that the outpouring of this support is heart-warming. Our 400 workers (50 service and 30 right-of-way crews, along with numerous supervisors and support personnel) are on the job. Currently the following outages have been reported: 16,000 in Cumberland County, 4,400 in Fentress County, 1,100 in Overton County, 1,400 in Putnam County, and 1,300 in White County as well as a few scattered outages in other areas. VEC officials say that they understand that multi-day power outages of this type are frustrating for customers. They urge customers to continue to be patient and prepared.
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency officials now say that 27 people around the state have died as a result of last week's ice storm and bone-chilling low temperatures. State officials say at least nine of the victims died as a result of hypothermia. Schools remained closed in many counties and thousands were still without power Tuesday as Tennesseans struggled to recover from one of the worst winter storms in memory. Chain saw crews that included the Tennessee National Guard were deployed to clear downed trees in eight counties on the Cumberland Plateau. The National Weather Service is forecasting more snow for east Tennessee. The latest forecast said some portions of the eastern part of the state could get up to 3 inches this week. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)