DREMC Battles Weekend Power Outages

System damage from the second ice storm to hit Duck River Electric Membership Corp. within a week was more widespread across the service territory. Line crews worked through the weekend to restore power. This time, wind gusts in the early morning hours brought down trees, branches and limbs already weakened by the weight of un-melted …

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21 Weather Related Deaths In Tennessee

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has confirmed 21, weather-related fatalities in the state as a result of the brutal winter weather (11 from hypothermia). Gov. Haslam elevated Tennessee to a Level II-State of Emergency due to the major impacts to infrastructure, power and roads as a result of the snow, ice and heavy rain in …

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TNStars Helping Families

TNStars College Savings 529 plan has just been recognized as the top direct-sold plan in the nation. TNStars™ is a program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury. The number one ranking comes from SavingForCollege.org, who analyzes the investment performance figures for thousands of 529 portfolios and ranks the 529 savings plans from best to worst. …

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Nicoll Sworn In As Public Defender

John Nicoll was sworn in as Coffee County’s Public Defender on Friday. He was sworn in by Judge Craig Johnson. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam appointed John E. Nicoll as the public defender for the 14th Judicial District, which covers Coffee County. Nicoll fills the vacancy left by the late B. Campbell Smoot, Jr., who passed …

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Judd Matheny Receives Award

47th District State Rep. Judd Matheny was presented an award on Friday by TN911. This is a not for profit corporation association of 911 districts. A ceremony was held at the Coffee County 911 Center in Manchester. The award recognizes Representative Judd Matheny for legislative excellence and leadership. The award was presented by TN911 President …

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DREMC Gets Electric Power Back On– Prepares For Next Storm

Monday’s winter storm left more than 13,000 members of Duck River Electric Membership Corp. in the dark and cold. Mutual aid crews from other electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and contract companies assisted DREMC line workers in getting the lights back on. “I am very proud of what was accomplished,” said Michael Watson, DREMC president and …

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Some TN Lawmakers Want To Change Gun Carrying Law

Gun owners in Tennessee may be able to legally carry a gun without a permit if some state lawmakers get their way this legislative session. Rutherford County republican Rick Womick is pushing a bill that would allow legal gun-owners to carry their weapons without a permit, either concealed or not. People carrying without a permit …

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TN Bill Proposes Instate Tuition for Undocumented Students

After the State Capitol thaws out from the snow and ice, one bill lawmakers are expected to take up this session is legislation (SB0612/HB0675) that would allow undocumented students who graduate from a Tennessee high school to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Eben Cathey, a spokesman for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee …

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Weather Related Deaths Up To 10 In Tennessee

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says that Tennessee remains in a State of Emergency from the extremely cold weather. The National Weather Service is watching for the potential of more winter weather moving across Tennessee Friday and Friday night.  Forecasts for this incoming system could produce an inch or more of snow followed by heavy …

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Update On Utility Outages

We have more information on the problems the area received from the winter weather. Tullahoma Utilities Board (TUB) reports that they experienced scattered outages across town due to trees (pine mostly) as they became heavy with ice. Areas that were affected the most were Ovoca Road, Stone Blvd./Westview area, Crestwood/Westwood, Lake Circle/Crosslake/Lakewood, Wilson Ave., Old …

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