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With below freezing temperatures this week, and a low of 4 degrees forecasted for Wednesday night with a wind chill of minus 3 degrees, you’re reminded to check on people, pipes and pets. Make sure that your elderly relatives, friends and neighbors have an adequate and safe heat source. Make sure carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly and have fresh batteries, even with electric heat sources. When using space heaters, keep them well away from flammable materials and never use an extension cord with a space heater because it could catch fire. If heating with kerosene, read the instructions and warning labels carefully and only operate the heater in a room that is open to the rest of the home. If you must use a kerosene heater in one room or a very well insulated home, raise a window about an inch wide to let in fresh air and let out carbon monoxide. Never use generators in an enclosed area, or in a garage or basement even if a door is open. Close all vents under your home and you may wish to consider letting interior faucets drip depending on how well insulated your pipes are. Exterior faucets should be turned off and disconnected from hoses and completely drained. You can also buy exterior faucet covers at a hardware store to keep them from freezing. If possible, bring pets inside. For animals that must stay outside, provide a water-tight, wind proof structure with plenty of warm bedding material such as wood chips. Check on pets frequently and make sure that water bowls do not freeze over. Remember to dress in layers, and if you even think that your loved ones or pet may be suffering from hypothermia, seek medical attention immediately.
The man accused of violent crimes in several counties spent nearly 12 hours running from police. Local 8 now reports that Adam Phillips was captured Monday afternoon in Roane County following a 10 minute chase that left several patrol cars damaged. Phillips is wanted out of Knox, Loudon and Roane counties for home invasion, theft charges up to 30 thousand dollars and armed robbery. (Photo Courtesy WVLT),
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is inviting Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2015 Environmental Stewardship Awards. The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment. The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards cover 10 categories: Building Green; Clean Air; Energy and Renewable Resources; Environmental Education and Outreach; Environmental Education and Outreach (school category); Land Use; Materials Management; Natural Heritage; Sustainable Performance and Lifetime Achievement. Any individual, business, organization, educational institution or agency is eligible, provided they are located in Tennessee and projects were completed during the 2014 calendar year. All nominees must have a minimum of three consecutive years in overall environmental compliance with the Department of Environment and Conservation. Self-nominations are encouraged. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2015. Award recipients will be announced in May 2015. For more information about each category, judging criteria and nomination forms, visit TDEC’s website at tn.gov/environment/gov-awards.shtml.
One person has been arrested on a theft charge and a warrant was issued for another following a high speed chase in Cumberland County. According to reports from the Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Chuck Hennessee observed a black Volvo speeding on Taylor’s Chapel road when he attempted to initiate a stop. The Volvo traveled onto Red Brush Drive and drove through a barbed wire fence and traveled 50 yards into the wood line. The driver, Thomas Weinblatt, reportedly fled the vehicle and ran into the woods. His passenger, 37 year old Eleasha Alene Curry, of Crossville, stayed in the vehicle. According to reports, a search of the vehicle turned up burglary tools. The Volvo had been reported stolen from a rental company in Blount County that said Weinblatt had rented the car and refused to return it. Curry was charged with Theft between $10,000 and $60,000 and Possession of Burglary Tools. Warrants were written on Thomas Weinblatt for Evading Arrest, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Reckless Endangerment and Possession of Burglary Tools.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today (Monday, January 5, 2015) announced Business Facilities, a leading national publication focused on site selection and economic development, has named Tennessee its 2014 State of the Year for a second consecutive year. Tennessee becomes the first state in the award’s history to win back-to-back honors for economic development efforts and the first state to win the designation three times, winning in 2014, 2013 and 2009.