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Overton Co. Man Dies After Days Without Power

A 70-year-old Overton County man died Thursday while trying to seek help after being without power for multiple days.

County Executive Ben Danner said fatalities from the cold have been a worry in Overton County with about 2,300 homes without power.

“He had been out without power for a few days,” Danner said. “And, he was walking trying to get to a neighbor’s house and he had a heart attack on the way and passed away. It is really unfortunate.”

Danner said the body was reported by neighbors in the Hilham area. Emergency crews responded but found the man dead.

Danner said shelters remain available for any resident in need. Those are at I Am Worship Church at 4483 Cookeville Highway and Livingston First Christian Church located at 320 Oakley Street. Danner said there is also a operational hotline for further assistance.

“If anybody calls the 9-1-1 business line, which is (931)-823-8593,” Danner said. “If they got any need, the rescue squad is helping take people to dialysis, the ones that don’t have insurance and different places. If you know of somebody that needs to go to a shelter and need a ride, they can help with that, too.”

Danner said the identity of the man is not being shared at this time out of respect for his family.