Volume 53, Number 20

twenty four pages two sections

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, May 19, 2016

Record high temps for Tennessee

Record high temps for Tennesseeby: AMANDA HILL BOND, Publisher
Tennessee reached high record breaking temperatures during the last days of June. Those triple digits have caused a burn and firework ban for many counties including Overton and Fentress.
Nashville broke a high record at 109 on June 29th, with the former record being 107 in 1952. Friday was also when Byrdstown hit 107 almost breaking the high record of 108 from 1980 according to the Weather Channel website. The average for this area is 84 for the month of June and 87 for July and August.
Scattered thunderstorms and cooler temperatures are in the forecast, but it is uncertain if crops will be able to recover from the scorching heat or if our county will be placed under a burn ban.
Volunteer Energy Cooperative customers across the system were affected by a series of storms overnight Sunday. Storms began affecting customer service at approximately 9 a.m. At the height of the event about 5,000 customers were out of power throughout VEC's 17-county service area. There were electric wires down in several areas of Pickett County and Fentress County experienced a series of outages that affected about 1,000 residents. Crews worked through the night to restore service and continue to working Monday morning and afternoon to get service restored to the counties that were affected.

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