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Officials urging citizens to take fire precautions due to heat wave
Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry Thursday June 28, 2012

State officials are urging citizens to take fire precautions for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. The Tennessee is asking the public to refrain from debris burning until significant precipitation is received and to avoid other activities that could cause fire. Officials say permits are not currently required for open, outdoor burning, but as a precaution Tennesseans are urged to avoid debris burning until conditions improve.


180 citations issued in last weekend's "operation Dry Water"
AP Thursday June 28, 2012

State officers made 19 boating under the influence arrests last weekend during a special initiative to promote safety on the water. TWRA reported that one boat operator was arrested for his second BUI offense in three years. Officers wrote 180 citations and checked about 2,400 vessels during "Operation Dry Water" last Friday through Sunday. So far this year, there have been eight fatalities in Tennessee in boating accidents.


Special Weather Statement issued by National Weather Service regarding excessive heat
Stace/NWS Wednesday June 27, 2012

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement, warning of exceedingly high temperatures over the next few days. According to officials with the National Weather Service, areas west of the Plateau will see temps soaring into triple digits beginning tomorrow (Thursday) with no rain in sight. Cumberland County residents are being cautioned as to the high temps as our area on Friday are expected to reach 95—breaking the record set in 1988 of 92 degrees. Residents are urged to avoid long term exposure to the heat. If you must be outside during the hottest part of the day, officials suggest that you take frequent breaks in the shade, wear light colored, loose fitting clothing, and drink plenty of non alcoholic beverages.


VEC offices to be closed on 4th
VEC Wednesday June 27, 2012

Volunteer Energy Cooperative (VEC) will close all nine of its customer service centers and Corporate Offices on Wednesday, July 4th for the Independence Day holiday.Crews will be on hand to answer phone calls and to respond to emergencies as needed.


Roane Co Man indicted on murder charges found in Mississippi
Volunteer TV/Stace Wednesday June 27, 2012

A fugitive accused of murdering his former lover has been caught in Mississippi. Shawn Smoot was indicted by a Roane County Grand Jury in the October 2011 murder of Brooke Morris. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton had expressed concern that Smoot had been assisted by friends, warning that Smoot had "violent tendencies"


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