Tennessee News

Friday, June 22, 2018

Bruceton Fire station re-opens after being damaged in 2014 blaze

Bruceton Fire Chief James Sloan is used to fighting fires, but typically not within his own building. “It was a very rough day in Bruceton, but we got through it,” he said. Nearly four years ago, a blaze damaged Bruceton’s only fire department, damaging several thousands of dollars in equipment. But Thursday, Chief Sloan unveiled a brand new station. “We’re proud of it,” he said. “A lot of hard work went into it, and I think it’s a very important asset to the town.” Chief Sloan says the new building is four times as big as the old one and made of fire resistant materials. “It’s just been a tremendous upgrade for the town to have a better fire station,” Bruceton Mayor Robert Keeton said.

Rogersville investigators continue probe into two suspicious fires

An investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Detective Division of the Hawkins Co. Sheriff’s Office into a pair of suspicious fires that destroyed two Guntown Road homes days apart recently is continuing. On Wednesday, June 20, crime scene tape still surrounded one of the two houses (pictured). Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said that investigators had yet to tell him if they have determined what caused the two blazes. “They are still interviewing people and conducting their investigtion,” Lawson said. The two residences were the homes of two members of the same family, according to the sheriff, who said no injuries resulted from the fires, which took place on different days at homes located only a few hundred feet apart.
Rogersville Review

Soddy Daisy passes No-Tax-Increase Budget

Soddy Daisy’s budget for fiscal year 2018-2019 was passed on final reading Thursday night. The tax rate remains the same as 2018 which is $1.3524 per $100 of assessed value. The close to $10 million budget includes $500,000 for paving secondary roads, new lights at the softball fields, a new truck and boom mower for the public works department, two police vehicles, a squad truck for the fire department and new radios for both fire and police. It also funds two new firefighter positions. In July when the new budget begins, the new fire personnel will be hired and the department will stay open 24 hours each day, seven days a week.

Cocke County Fire Departments implement new protocol

For years, Cocke County Fire Department has responded from their fire district (ESN) with both firefighters and apparatus to assist the other six fire departments in the county thru automatic aid agreements. According to FireRescue Magazine, automatic aid agreements are becoming more and more necessary across the United States in order for fire departments to stay ahead of the ever-increasing challenges in the fire service. Automatic aid is assistance that is dispatched automatically by a contractual agreement between two fire departments.
Morristown Citizen Tribune

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Memphis: Hazmat situation on Lamar after FedEx truck involved in crash

A hazmat situation is causing major traffic delays in Memphis. Southbound on Lamar Avenue near Interstate-240 is stopped because of a crash involving a FedEx truck. The accident happened around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. When a FOX13 crew pulled up to the scene, a firefighter walked up and said this is a hazmat situation and asked them to move back. The Memphis Fire Department said the truck is leaking gas.
FOX13 Memphis

Watertown Fire chief to retire

Watertown fire chief John Jewell reiterated his plans for retirement while the Watertown City Council praised his work and heard plans for Jewell to serve as grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade during Tuesday night’s meeting. Jewell’s last official day as chief of the Watertown Volunteer Fire Department will be June 30, and just four days later he will be the grand marshal in the city’s annual Stars, Stripes and Squirtguns Parade. “We’re going to miss you,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Brandon Howard, who filled in for an absent Mayor Mike Jennings. “He will always be my chief.” It was Jewell’s last report as chief to give to the council. He said the road that leads to the helipad behind Three Forks Community Park used for LifeFlight emergencies would soon need work, and the windsock should also be replaced.
Lebanon Democrat

Truck crashes into Food City store in Jonesborough

According to Washington County, TN dispatchers, rescue crews are responding to a report that a truck crashed into the Food City store on Forest Drive in Jonesborough - just off Highway 11E. The call came in just before 3:30 Wednesday evening. Dispatch told News Channel 11 firefighters and ambulance are on scene. Witnesses told News Channel 11 the truck slammed into the women's restroom at the store. The ceiling collapsed and glass is shattered in the immediate area. A woman who said she saw it all happen said she was actually headed to the restroom. We're told no one was injured, but the women's restroom is blocked off.
Johnson City WJHL

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