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Road Superintendent Says: Pickup Firewood!
102.5 Wow Country News Sunday February 22, 2015

Cumberland County Road Superintendent Scott Blaylock and his road crews have been busy cutting down trees in order to assist VEC crews in their efforts to restore power throughout the county. Blaylock says residents who come upon cut up wood alongside the roadways are welcome to load it and haul it off for firewood, and in fact, would appreciate the assistance.


VEC Update: Fairfield Glade Restored
VEC Sunday February 22, 2015

Crews Working to Restore Power in Wake of Storm Volunteer Energy Cooperative crews along with extra contract crews are working hard to restore power to about 30,000 customers across VECs 17-county service area who have lost power due to ice and snow laden trees falling into power lines. VEC President/CEO Rody Blevins said crews are also working to replace about 300 power poles that were broken during the storm. We hope to have about 150 of those poles back up today, Blevins said early Sunday morning. About 55 service and right-of-way crews are working to clear away fallen trees, replace poles, and repair the extensive damage. TVA transmission lines feeding VECs Lantana and Ravenscroft substations in Cumberland County and the TVA transmission line serving VECs Grimsley Substation in Fentress County are still down as of 10 a.m. Sunday, but Blevins said TVA hopes to have these lines repaired by 2 p.m. Sunday. This is the most devastating weather event weve encountered at VEC within recent memory, Blevins said. The damage is more extensive than any weve seen within memory. He said full restoration is expected to take several days in some of the hardest hit areas. Blevins also said that VEC crews are also being assisted by local fire departments who are helping to cut downed trees out of roadways so crews can access damaged equipment. County-by-County Cumberland County Progress was made overnight restoring power to customers in the Fairfield Glade community and most customers in that area have had their power restored, but more than 20,000 customers across Cumberland County are still without power as of 10 a.m. Central Time. Fentress County VECs fiber communications lines are down, but crews are working to restore power to several hundred customers as of 10 a.m. Central Time. Fiber communications lines are expected to be repaired later Sunday making more accurate numbers available, but crews are on the scene working to restore power. Putnam County Progress was made overnight restoring outages, but about 1,000 customers are still without power as of 10 a.m. Sunday. Several hundred customers are also without power in Pickett, White, and Rhea counties. Crews are working to restore power as quickly as possible. Scattered outages are also being worked in Morgan, Bledsoe, Roane, Bradley, and Scott counties. Crews will continue working until power has been restored to all customers and VEC apologizes for all inconveniences. Officials also urge customers to stay clear of downed power lines. - 30 Periodic updates are also available at and on Facebook at Volunteer Energy Cooperative Official.


VEC Update
VEC Saturday February 21, 2015

Ice Storm, High Winds Causing Extensive Power Outages. Heavy ice and high winds are causing extensive power outages across Volunteer Energy Cooperatives 17-county service area. As of 9:32 a.m. Eastern Time about 28,000 customers are without power. In anticipation of the severe weather VEC positioned crews in critical locations last night in an effort to respond as quickly as possible and crews will continue working until power has been restored to all customers. The damage across the system has been extensive. Downed trees have pulled down power lines and broken at least 100 poles in Cumberland County alone. Full restoration is expected to take several days in some of the hardest hit areas. The highest concentration of outages are in Cumberland County with 18,129 outages; Fentress County with 5,344 outages; Putnam County with 2,640 outages; White County with 1.301 outages; Overton County with 1.175 outages; and Bledsoe County with 230 outages. VEC Vice President of Operations Clyde Jolley said the extent of the damage and road conditions are slowing down restoration efforts. With so many trees down and the icy road conditions, it is slow going in some areas, Jolley said. But our crews will be working non-stop until power is restored to all VEC customers. We apologize for the inconveniences. Volunteer Energy Cooperative is a not-for-profit electricity distribution cooperative serving 114,000 members across a 17-county service area. - 30 Periodic updates are also available at and on Facebook at Volunteer Energy Cooperative Official


TN Lawmakers Wish To Legalize Small Amounts of Marijuana
WATE/Samantha Friday February 20, 2015

WATE states that two Tennessee lawmakers have introduced companion bills that would legalize the possession and casual exchange of up to half an ounce of marijuana. The bills were proposed in the State House Rep. Harold Love, D-Nashville, and in the State Senate by Sen. Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville. They would amend the Tennessee Code to allow possession and casual, non-monetary exchange of small amounts of marijuana. Possession, casual exchange or distribution of one ounce or more would then become a misdemeanor with a $100 fine. The amendment would not affect non-leafy, resinous material containing tetrahydrocannabinol (hashish), which would still be illegal in any amount without a prescription. If passed, the amendment would take effect on July 1.


Ice Storm Warning
NWS Friday February 20, 2015

Ice Storm Warning in effect from noon today to 9 am CST Saturday... Winter Storm Warning is cancelled...
The National Weather Service in Nashville has issued an Ice Storm Warning... which is in effect from noon today to 9 am CST Saturday. The Winter Storm Warning has been cancelled.
* Timing... noon Friday to 9 am Saturday. * Accumulations... up to 1 inch of snow Friday... followed by one tenth to one half inch of ice in the form of freezing rain Friday evening through early Saturday morning. Areas along and north of Interstate 40 will be the hardest hit with the best chance of approaching up to a half inch of ice.
* Other impacts... major disruptions to travel are expected Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning. Gusty winds will add to the threat for falling limbs and power outages. A coating of ice already exists on trees across much of the area and this will only worsen the threat. Warming temperatures... melting snow and ice... and heavy rainfall will bring the potential for localized flooding on Saturday. Precautionary/preparedness actions... An Ice Storm Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of ice accumulations will make travel dangerous or impossible. Travel is strongly discouraged. Commerce will likely be severely impacted. If you must travel... keep an extra flashlight... food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. Ice accumulations and winds will likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches thatadd to the danger.


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