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Warming Stations & Red Cross Shelter
Submitted Monday February 23, 2015

Warming Stations:
CMC Wellness Complex in Woodmere Mall is a Warming Station for anyone who needs to get out of the cold, take a shower or get a cup of hot coffee. Open until 8 p.m. 2/23/15

Cumberland Fellowship Church, behind KMart in Crossville, is a Red Cross shelter. If you need transportation to the church call the Cumberland County Fire Department at 484-8448. 2/23/15

Homestead United Methodist Church is a Warming Station for anyone who needs to get out of the cold. Free Soup, Coffee, Cocoa, charge up your electronics. Open Until 4 p.m. today. 2/23/15

Fellowship Baptist Church of Fairfield Glade at 12 Westminister Court will be open as a shelter beginning at 4 pm on Monday, 2/23/15. There will be an area made available for small pets, and it would be appreciated if you bring a crate and food for your pet. If you would like to spend the night, they ask you bring your own bedding or sleeping bag. Hot showers are available at the FFG Community Center. Chili will be served for dinner, and any food brought in would be appreciated. For more information, call Stretch at (205)-422-8929.

The Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center is a Warming Station for those needing to escape the cold. There will be hot coffee, hot cocoa, and hot showers available, they just ask you bring your own towels. You can also charge up your electronics. Open until 9 pm. After 9pm the Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center will become a temporary shelter while people are transported to Cumberland Fellowship Church. 2/23/15

The Place of Refuge Church (164 Oak Rd) is a warming station Tuesday 10am-2pm (02/24/15)


Latest from VEC:
VEC Monday February 23, 2015

As of 7:50 a.m., progress has been made by the numerous crews working around the clock on the Cumberland Plateau. Transmission lines into the Ravenscroft, Lantana, and Grimsley substations have been repaired. Additional crews are now working the area, including 40 lines crews and 30 right-of-way crews. Holston Electric Cooperative, Ft. Loudoun Electric Cooperative and Athens Utility Board are providing personnel. The current county outage totals are: Cumberland - 18,000; Fentress - 2,200; Overton - 300; Putnam - 1,000; and White 1,300 with scattered outages in Bledsoe, Morgan, Rhea, and Scott counties. The total outage count for VEC customers is 23,000, down from nearly 40,000 at the height of the storm. We expect that some customers may be without power for a few more days as we systematically work sections of lines. Thanks for everyone's patience and understanding.


Crossville Firefighter Suffers Minor Injuries in Arson Blaze Sunday night
Crossville City Fire Dept./Peg Broadcasting News Monday February 23, 2015

A Crossville firefighter suffered minor injuries battling an arson blaze at 44 Spears Way. City units got the first call around 10 p.m. Sunday and then were called back around 2:30 a.m. Monday. The structure was a total loss and the investigation continues. The Crossville Fire Department also responded to a structure fire at 5 p.m. Saturday on Storie Avenue. Fireman quickly contained that blaze and report only minor damage and no injuries.


VEC Latest Statement (Noon Sunday February)
Bobby Randolph Sunday February 22, 2015

Bobby Randolph of Volunteer Electric Cooperative has issued the following statement: over 8,000 customers without power. VEC has recruited as over 150 personnel. These are line crews and right of way personnel along with VEC personnel from across the VEC system. Totally VEC has over 200 people addressing this outage. However the magnitude of the damage created by this storm is tremendous. I have never seen the ice buildup on our lines and trees of this magnitude in my 35 years as manager in the Crossville service area. The biggest area hit was in the south and western part of the county. However every part of the county had some form of damage. The biggest damage occurred at the State Park on a circuit serving power to the Lantana substation. VEC has 4 transmission poles across tough terrain to replace before we can energize the Lantana substation. We anticipate the replacement to be completed later this afternoon. Which means we can start repairing damage to the circuits in Tansi and Lantana Rd., into Bledsoe County. I must report that even though we have resources to restore the damage from this storm, it will be 5 or 6 more days before all services will be restored. It is difficult for me to report this type of event however we must be straight forward in our ability to restore services under these conditions. VEC will make another statement sometime Monday morning.


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.


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