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Storms Kill 2 in Polk Co.; Injure At Least 20 in McMinn Co.
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday November 30, 2016

The Tennessee Emergency management agency says at least two people died in Polk County as strong storms moved through early Wednesday morning. The victims are husband and wife. Their names have not been released. A massive recovery and rescue operation is underway in Polk County. The West Polk Fire Department building was also heavily damaged as the storm ripped off the roof and tore down walls.

At least 20 people were injured early this morning as severe storms blew through McMinn County. Major damage was reported to homes in Deerfield there was significant damage to homes in Deerfield Estates and many injuries. A Save-A-Lot store in Athens, TN also sustained significant damage.

The National Weather Service said a radar-confirmed tornado hit near Tullahoma, Tennessee around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. At least four homes are reported damaged, numerous down trees and power lines. Reportedly no one was injured. A team from the National Weather Service along with Coffee County emergency personnel plan to survey the area on Wednesday. Damage was also reported in Franklin County.

Authorities say that at least three people were killed as a line of storms and possible tornadoes moved across northern Alabama overnight.

 


Twenty Tennessee Co-Workers Will Share $421 Million Powerball Jackpot
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday November 30, 2016

It turns out that there wasnt just one Powerball Jackpot Lottery winner last Saturday night; there were almost two dozen. A group of 20 co-workers at North American Stamping in Portland, Tennessee will share the $421 million prize. The group, now dubbed the Tennessee 20, has participated in an office lottery pool for about 8 years. Amy ONeal, of Lafayette, was the person who actually purchased the ticket. At first ONeal thought she was dreaming when she saw the winning numbers on the third lottery ticket she had purchased. Around 6 a.m. Sunday, ONeal started calling her co-workers who raced to her home to look at the winning ticket and vote on how to take the winnings. They chose the $254.7 million lump sum payout, which will be divided evenly. In case youre wondering, thats $12,735,000 per person.

 


Dollywood to reopen Friday, focusing on community recovery
WVLT Wednesday November 30, 2016

Dollywood officials tell Local 8 News they plan to reopen Friday.

Before reopening, we're told they're going to take the next two days to support the community following the wildfires.

Dollywood has been helping supply the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge with personal care items.

I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken. I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe. It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort, Dixie Stampede and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared, Dolly Parton said.

Dollywoods DreamMore Resort is open to guests. The Dollywood theme park will resume normal operation on Friday, December 2 at 2 p.m.

 


Governor and First Lady Haslam's 6th Annual Holiday Open House Begins Friday
tn.gov Wednesday November 30, 2016

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam will open the Tennessee Residence on Friday, December 2, for the 6th annual Tennessees Home for the Holidays. The open house invites Tennesseans to tour the executive residence, which will be decorated for the holidays.

This years holiday theme is Tennessee Agriculture, with trees decorated in celebration of produce, livestock and forestry products from across the state. In Conservation Hall, the trees will be decorated with ornaments created by Tennessee students who participated in 4-H, FFA, and Ag in The Classroom programs across the state this past summer. The General Federation of Womens Clubs of Tennessee also constructed a 10 ft. tree made of 10,300 childrens books in hopes of setting a Guinness Book of World Records for the largest tree constructed from books.

Tennessees Home for the Holidays will be held Monday - Saturday, December 2-16, 2016. Hours are Monday Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Tours are free, but visitors must make an online reservation through the First Ladys website at http://www.tn.gov/firstlady/section/home-for-the-holidays.

On Saturday, December 10, there will be special Family & Farm Day activities offered to visitors who attend the open house, including a farm animal petting zoo and craft demonstrations. Families must make a regular open house reservation on the First Ladys website for Saturday, December 10 to attend.

 


TDOC Assists With State Of Emergency
tn.gov Wednesday November 30, 2016

Due to the Level III State of Emergency in the Eastern region of the State because of the wildfires in Sevier County, the Tennessee Department of Correction has deployed several agents to assist emergency personnel in the area. These officers will work with teams on the ground to identify blocked roads due to downed trees. The team will also perform welfare checks of residents in the vicinity of the fire.

 

 
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