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Rutherford, Cannon Cnty Volunteers Provide Sandy Aid

The U.S.S. Wright is U.S. Navy Ready Reserve Force vessel currently assisting with Hurricane Sandy Relief.
The U.S.S. Wright is U.S. Navy Ready Reserve Force vessel currently assisting with Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Credit photo courtesy U.S. Navy

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — People in the Northeast are seeing some progress following back-to-back storms.

For the first time in 11 days, almost all of Connecticut's homes and businesses have power. Fewer than 20,000 New York City customers remain in the dark. But power crews still have a lot to do in New Jersey and Long Island where hundreds of thousands are still without electricity.

Brian Toll, spokesman for the Red Cross Heart of Tennessee Chapter,  says 4 volunteers from here in the mid-state are now on the East Coast lending a hand. Two of those volunteers are from Rutherford County and two are from Cannon County.

Toll says a tough situation got even more difficult earlier this week when colder weather and snow moved into the area.  He says emergency housing for both storm survivors and volunteers is getting hard to find. Just last night one of the Tennessee volunteers found shelter in a most unusual place.

“There is a Navy ship called the S.S. Wright that has pulled along the New York shoreline up there, and they have volunteers staying up there. I have a volunteer, nurse Jan Freeman who spent last night on a Navy ship.”

Toll says the Heart of Tennessee Red Cross Chapter is always looking for volunteers and always happy to get donations. You can find them online at midtnredcross.com