Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say the number of deaths caused by winter weather has risen to 18.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported Friday afternoon that Knox County leads the state with four deaths, including three caused by a house fire and one caused by a motor vehicle accident. There have been three deaths in Shelby County.

In all, the agency reports hypothermia has led to nine deaths. Five people have died in vehicle crashes related to the weather, and one dialysis patient was unable to get treatment.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says cold temperatures this week drove customers to set a record for demand for February.

TVA says the power demand hit an estimated 32,129 megawatts at 7 a.m. EST on Thursday. At that time, average temperatures in its coverage area hovered around 7 degrees.

The previous record for February was 31,045 megawatts on Feb. 5, 2009. TVA's all-time power demand in its 82-year history was set on Aug. 16, 2007, with 33,482 megawatts.



MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Giddy Potts set career highs with eight 3-pointers and 28 points as Middle Tennessee turned an eight-point halftime lead into a 90-51 victory over Marshall on Thursday.

Middle Tennessee (14-13, 7-7 Conference USA) led 34-26 at the break and let Marshall within 36-32 after three minutes of the second half. The Blue Raiders then scored 18 straight to start a 50-7 run over the next 14 minutes, leading 86-39 with three minutes left. The freshman Potts had all eight of his 3s during that stretch and finished 10 of 14 from the field.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An advisory opinion by the Tennessee attorney general's office says it's not clear that abortion restrictions struck down by the state Supreme Court 14 years ago would be upheld today, despite a change to the state constitution.

A constitutional amendment passed last November made clear that nothing in the Tennessee Constitution protects abortions. But the advisory opinion says that abortions still are protected by the U.S. Constitution.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reports more than 60,000 customers are still without power.

The agency said in a statement Tuesday that the outages span 17 counties, with the highest numbers in Bedford, Knox and Monroe counties.

TEMA issued a state of emergency declaration for the state Monday night because of inclement weather caused by a snow and ice storm that hit Tennessee and other southern states early Monday.