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South Cumberland Utility District is experiencing a water emergency. Two main water lines blew out early this morning on Lantana Road and Hutoha Drive. Crews have been out working since 5 a.m. this morning. Customers may experience low pressure and/or have no water at all. South Cumberland Utility District expects this could take several hours to fix and they apologize for any inconvenience.
State forestry officials estimate it will cost $5.5 million to fight wildfires in Tennessee.
While the state Agriculture Department is planning on receiving a federal reimbursement of about $900,000, most of the cost of fighting the fires and paying for out-of-state crews and equipment from as far away as Montana and Alaska will fall to state government.
Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton told Gov. Bill Haslam in budget hearings on Monday that there may be a longer-term cost, too. Templeton says that because the fires are taking up the time and attention of forestry officials, they aren't available to plan and prepare for timber sales that usually take place in the first quarter of the year.
Officials note that twice as many acres burned in fires that started in 2000.
With many shoppers preparing to score holiday gift deals on Black Friday (11/25) and Cyber Monday (11/28), the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs warns consumers to be wary of hackers that use public Wi-Fi to glean sensitive information.
TDCI shares the following tips from AARP to help protect consumers from Wi-Fi scams:
Donít access your email, online bank or credit card accounts using public Wi-Fi.
Watch out for fake Wi-Fi at coffee shops, hotels or other free hot spots Ė network names that are close, but not exactly right. Employees can give you the correct connection name and IP address.
Donít let your mobile device automatically connect to nearby Wi-Fi; manually select the network you want.
Donít surf using an unknown public network if the website requires sensitive information Ė like online shopping.
For more consumer resources, or to file a complaint, contact the TDCI Division of Consumer Affairs at 800-342-8385 or visit WeHelpConsumers.tn.gov.
If you have trash to haul away, you need to do it today and Wednesday. All Cumberland County Convenience and Recycle Centers will be closed on Thursday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Also, all Crossville City offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25.
Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction-related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon Wednesday through 6am next Monday, the 28th.
TDOT officials expect over a million travelers in Tennessee to drive to their holiday destinations this year. Halting road work during this busy time will provide maximum capacity on the roadways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday.