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Friday, July 21, 2017

Grooms named Mt. Pleasant fire chief


Longtime Mt. Pleasant firefighter Phillip Grooms has been named the city’s new fire chief. The decision was made earlier this week by the city’s officials, who collectively decided to give the position to a local applicant. Grooms has served as the interim chief since former chief Tim Smith transferred to the city’s public works department in April after 28 years of service. “Phillip is tremendously dedicated to the fire service and will continue to assure his staff is trained well beyond what is required,” City Manager Kate Collier said. “Chief Grooms is a ‘go to’ employee for the city in all aspects and is relentless in his support of the city where he was raised.” For the past three years, Grooms served as fire inspector for Mt. Pleasant and as assistant chief. He has been a firefighter with the city for more than five years.
Columbia Daily Herald

Two hospitalized after grease fire at North Knoxville apartment


Cooking grease ignited a fire at a North Knoxville apartment complex that hospitalized two people Thursday night, officials said. A resident in a ground-floor residence at Windsor Court Apartments, 924 Cedar Lane, was heating grease on a stove, causing a fire that quickly spread throughout the kitchen and climbed the wall into the unit upstairs, according to Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran. The resident was burned and a second person in an upstairs apartment suffered smoke inhalation. Both were hospitalized, although their conditions were not available Friday morning.
Knoxville News-Sentinel

Crews respond to house fire in Chester County


The Chester County Fire Department responded around 9:30 a.m. Thursday to a house fire. Multiple fire trucks, an ambulance and the sheriff’s department fought the fire between Finger and Bethel Springs. One lane of traffic was blocked while they put out the fire. Chester County Fire Chief Jim Vest said they think the fire might have started in the kitchen near the dishwasher. The cause is still under investigation.
WBBJ-TV ABC 7

Firefighters contain garbage fire at Morristown-Hamblen landfill


A garbage fire at the combined Morristown-Hamblen landfill on Sublett Road Wednesday night was confined to about a half-acre, Kevin Jarnigan, chief of the South Hamblen County Fire Department said this morning. The Morristown Fire Department and West Hamblen volunteers also responded to the 8 p.m. blaze, but heavy assistance wasn’t required, according to Trent, who says it took only 900 gallons of water to extinguish the fire. Landfill employees helped by using heavy machinery to move burning piles of trash, and then covered the smoldering ashes with compressed dirt, according to Trent. “Last night, it was pretty much cut and dry,” the fire chief said.
Morristown Citizen Tribune


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Brawner sworn in as new Lafayette Fire Chief


On Monday, July 17th, Troy Brawner was sworn in by Annette Morgan, Macon County Recorder/Finance Officer, as the new Lafayette Fire Chief. Brawner has served on the fire department as assistant fire chief since 1999 after becoming full time in 1993. Brawner stated: “I am looking forward to serving my community.” He went on to thank the public for their confidence in him to fill some pretty big shoes of former Fire Chief Scruggs, who passed away last month. Brawner also thanked the city council and Mayor Steve Jones for appointing him to this position.
Macon County Times

Follow-up: Gatlinburg Wildfire Survivors group asks ACLU for help


After protesting new changes to the public comment guidelines at Gatlinburg City Commission meetings, the Gatlinburg Wildfire Survivors group is now reaching out to the American Civil Liberties Union for help. The group has been outspoken against a resolution the Gatlinburg City Commission passed last month which requires people speakers to submit their questions, comments or concerns five days in advance of public commission meetings. The speaker must also state the subject they want to address and limit their comments to that topic.
WBIR-TV Knoxville

Shelby County expects number of heat calls to rise


Sizzling rays are baking the Mid-South during a heat wave. Soaring triple digit heat indexes prompted the City of Memphis to reopen cooling centers through the weekend. The centers will provide relief from the extreme temperatures and possibly cut down heat emergencies. In the past five days, county paramedics have been called out to a half-dozen heat-related emergencies, and they expect that number to climb. The heat index neared 105 degrees Wednesday, making it dangerous for anyone to be outside for extended periods of time without being prepared. “Temperatures tip up then so do the calls,” Brent Perkins with the Shelby County Fire Department said.
WMC TV

Crews called to fire at vacant East Nashville building


Crews were called to a fire at an East Nashville business early Thursday morning. It happened at the vacant Fat Bottom Brewery building in the 900 block of Main Street around 3:15 a.m. Firefighters were able to get the fire, which originated on the roof, under control within 20 minutes. The building is currently under renovation and not damaged. Fire officials believe there was an electrical spark, which caught debris on fire.
WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville







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