Top Stories

ATLANTA (AP) — Several agencies, including the American Red Cross and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, say they've begun helping victims of recent wildfires in the Southeast.

They say resources for people include:

—Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line: 1-855-CRISIS-1 (1-855-274-7471).

—Candace Allen of the Helen Ross McNabb Center, who is providing behavioral health services to fire victims in east Tennessee: 865-329-9141.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The death toll from the Gatlinburg area fires has risen to 14.

On Sunday, the National Park Service and other authorities said 81-year-old Elaine Brown of Sevierville died fleeing the fire after she had a medical event driving that caused a multi-car crash.

Officials have increase the number of injures to 134. They say almost 1,700 structures have been damaged or destroyed by the fires.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says two more deaths have been confirmed, for a total of four, in severe storms that hit the southeastern part of the state.

TEMA said in a statement Thursday night that two deaths were in Polk County and two were in Meigs County. It says 11 people were injured in McMinn County and one in Hamilton County.

At least five tornadoes have been confirmed in Polk, McMinn, Marion and Coffee counties. Crews are still assessing damage in those and other counties, where more than two dozen homes were damaged.

Death toll from Tennessee wildfires increases to 10

Nov 30, 2016


GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Crews discovered the remains of three more people as they searched the rubble of wildfires that torched hundreds of homes and businesses near the Great Smoky Mountains, bringing the death toll to 10, officials said Thursday.

Authorities set up a hotline for people to report missing friends and relatives, and after following up on dozens of leads, they said many of those people had been accounted for. They did not say whether they believe anyone else is still missing or may have died.

ROSALIE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say three people have been killed as a line of storms and possible tornadoes moved across northern Alabama overnight.

Jackson County Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen tells The Associated Press the three killed were all in a mobile in Rosalie in northeast Alabama. Another person in the home was critically injured.

Harnen also said early Wednesday that there have been a number of other injuries and estimated that 16 to 20 structures in Jackson County have been destroyed.