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VEC Outage Restoration Update- Wed., Feb. 25 8 a.m. CT
VEC Wednesday February 25, 2015

Volunteer Energy Cooperative officials report that they are seeing steady progress in outage restoration on the Cumberland Plateau. Currently, approximately 19,000 customers remain without power. County totals are: Cumberland 12,000; Fentress 2,500; Putnam 1,500; White 1,200; Overton 1,000; McMinn 600; and scattered outages in other areas. Work on the three-phase lines and connecting feeder lines continues, officials report. Crews are working 16-hour rotating shifts so that restoration continues around the clock. A weather system is predicted to bring snow to the southern VEC service area today and we urge customers to make preparations in case of outages in this area. Updates are being posted on the VEC web page ( and the VEC Facebook page.


Regional Basketball Games Cancelled Wednesday
submitted Wednesday February 25, 2015

Due to the threat of snow and bad weather tonight; all games scheduled in the Region Basketball Tournament at Ooltewah today have been cancelled (both the Cumberland County High School Lady Jets and Stone Memorial High School Panthers are playing in the tourney).


Winter Weather Advisory
NWS Wednesday February 25, 2015

Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from noon today to 6 am CST Thursday... * timing... this afternoon through tonight. * Main impact... 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation... with locally higher amounts approaching three inches across the higher elevations of the Cumberland Plateau region. * Other impacts... hazardous driving conditions are expected. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow... sleet... or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities... and use caution while driving.


High School Basketball Region 3AAA Tournament
Vince / Steve Tuesday February 24, 2015

The Stone Memorial High School Panthers posted a Region Tournament win Tuesday downing the Owls of Ooltewah 69-61 at SMHS. The win earns the Panthers a spot in the tourney semi-finals on Wednesday.

The Cumberland County High School Jets forced District 5AAA regular season and tournament champion, Bradley Central, to the wire on their home court before seeing their season end as the Bears recorded a 70-63 victory.

Six of the eight teams in action on Wednesday in the semi-finals of the Region 3AAA Tournament at Ooltewah High School are from District 6, heres the line-up:
3:00 Cumberland County High School Lady Jets vs. Cookeville Lady Cavs (airs on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY)
4:30 Cookeville Cavaliers vs. White County Warriors
6:00 White County Warriorettes vs. Bradley Central Bearettes
7:30 Stone Memorial High School Panthers vs. Bradley Central Bears (airs on Mix 99.3)


Scams May Follow Winter Storm
Sheriff Casey Cox Tuesday February 24, 2015

The devastating winter storm has caused thousands to be without power as trees have fallen on power lines throughout Cumberland County. Thousands of trees have fallen and will need to be removed as conditions improve over the next few days. Anytime there are opportunities like this, scammers seeking to take advantage of those who are needing help will appear. Tree damage from ice storms brings out scammers trying to take advantage of you. After a bad storm, tree services will go door-to-door looking for customers. If you need help getting a fallen tree off your home or car, find someone qualified to do the work instead of falling for a scam. While many tree removal companies are reputable, unscrupulous scammers often travel to areas that have been hit by natural disasters to take advantage of consumers. Consumers should report tree removal scams to the Cumberland County Sheriffs Department at (931) 484-6176. To avoid problems when hiring a tree removal service: Dont pay upfront. Be very wary of any request to pay deposits or other fees for tree work in advance. Out-of-state tree cutters have been known to collect deposits from entire neighborhoods and then disappear without performing any work. Only pay when the work is done and you are satisfied. Avoid fly-by-night companies. Tree services that knock on your door or that just arrived in town from another state may not stick around to finish the job. Choose local companies with good reputations for the best results. Check out the company. Contact our Consumer Protection Division and the Better Business Bureau to see if they have complaints against the company. Ask the company for local references, and look online for reviews of its work. Make sure the company is insured. If a tree removal service claims to have insurance, dont just take their word for it. Contact the insurer directly and ask them to send you a copy of the tree removal services certificate of insurance. Find out a fair price. Be skeptical of any price that seems unusually high or low. To find out the going rate for tree removal, get written estimates from more than one company. Check with friends who've had tree work done recently to see what they paid and who they would recommend.
Dont let anyone rush you. If an offer is only good now or never, find someone else to do the job. And if the tree isnt on your house or blocking your driveway, you may be better off waiting a few days or weeks to have it removed. Ask about debris removal, too. Will the company remove the tree from your property as well as cut it down? If not, you may wind up having to pay for debris removal. Dont be the victim, be informed.


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