Associated Press

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Workers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be visiting areas of Cumberland County to assess the damage from last month's ice storm.

Cumberland County Emergency Management Director Keith Garrison told WBIR-TV (http://on.wbir.com/1HVnTxt) that a FEMA crew is expected to arrive Monday to begin reviewing the damage. He says the workers are expected to travel through some of the hardest-hit areas including Crossville and Pleasant Hills during their three-day stay.

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LAFOLLETTE

, Tenn. (AP) — An East Tennessee pastor who has appeared on a reality television show about handling snakes in church faces charges of assault and reckless endangerment.

Media outlets report that the charges against Andrew Hamblin stem from a domestic disturbance Sunday at a residence in Campbell County. No one was injured.

Hamblin is the pastor of the Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, which uses snake handling in services. He has appeared on the reality show "Snake Salvation" on the National Geographic Channel.

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has asked the Department of Health to investigate why 11 people froze to death during last month's winter storm.

Some were found dead in their homes after being without heat. At least two were elderly people who froze outside their homes after falling down.

Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner told WPLN-FM (http://bit.ly/1wK4ej8) the homeless are most at risk for hypothermia, but people in homes can also die if their heat is out. The situation can be worse if a person is on medication or abusing alcohol.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A statewide coalition working to eliminate the use of capital punishment is helping establish a conservative group also against the death penalty.

Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is working with Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, a national network of political and social conservatives questioning the alignment of capital punishment with conservative principles and values.

TADP plans to launch a Tennessee chapter of the organization.

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