NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Communities across East Tennessee are cleaning up today after storms destroyed several homes and at least one business.
Media are citing the weather service in reporting that an EF-3 tornado with wind speeds of 140 mph touched down last night in the small town of Speedwell.
Authorities say there are no reports of any deaths or injuries, but Claiborne County emergency management spokeswoman Gina Breeding says local residents have quite a mess to clean up.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A growing population and the explosive expansion of the use of hand-held electronic devices has prompted the creation of a new area code for the mid-state.
Tennessee Regulatory Authority spokesman David Foster says that the 629 area code and 10-digit dialing will go into place Feb. 28, joining the 615 area code in everyday use.
Foster says the two phone codes won’t be divided into separate calling areas, but the codes will instead overlap each other.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The United Auto Workers union announced this week that it has opened a union local office in Chattanooga.
Earlier this year the UAW suffered a stinging defeat when workers at the Volkswagen assembly plant there rejected union representation by a narrow margin.
The union initially tried to challenge the result, citing interference from Tennessee elected officials.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Two environmental groups have partnered in an effort to find and remove old dams along waterways in here in the mid-state.
The Cumberland River Compact and The Nature Conservancy have already located more than a dozen dams and plan to map out more this summer.
Compact Director Mekayle Houghton says many of the dams were created by landowners decades ago.
“A lot of these dams are up to 50, 100 years old and they may have been used to create pools in the river to pull out water for irrigation.”
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Officials say a Shelby County man is Tennessee's first case of West Nile virus this year.
The county health department and the Tennessee Department of Health disclosed yesterday that a 46-year-old man in Memphis has contracted the mosquito-borne illness.
Last year, 24 people contracted West Nile virus in Tennessee, nine of those in Shelby County. Officials say three cases resulted in death.
State Epedemiologist Abelardo Moncayo says the majority of people who contract the disease won’t even know they have it.