Sunday, June 16, 2024
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UC Residents Advised To Avoid Dangerous Roads

Residents around the Upper Cumberland are being advised to stay home due to Winter weather conditions.
Van Buren County is experiencing dangerous driving conditions after a three-car wreck occurred on Baker Mountain Road.
EMS Director Tiwanna Bricker said there have been four wrecks this morning. Including accidents on Andrew K. Parker Road and Highway 30.
Andrew K. Parker road is the location where a Spencer city salt truck flipped at about 9:00 AM Monday, causing minor injuries.
Bricker said that all side roads are in terrible condition, and Van Buren County is still experiencing freezing rain. Bricker said that main roads and highways are passable.
She said Spencer experienced electrical outages between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM, but power has been restored at this time.
Van Buren County is not expecting weather conditions to improve Monday. The county is expecting to see rain, with temperatures dropping into the teens or single digits Monday night.
At this time Jackson County dispatch is advising residents that all side roads are slick with ice.
Main roads and highways are reported to be mostly clear with spots of ice. There are no outages being reported and drivers are being advised to stay home.
Jackson County EMA spokesperson Derek Woolbright said preparation on the road can be a matter of life or death.
“It’s a good idea to have your cellphone with you, don’t use it while you’re driving,” Woolbright said. “Have it with you incase of an emergency. Wear warm clothes, blankets, things that you might need if you’re going to be stranded on the side of the road for a period of time in this weather.”
Woolbright said that road conditions are not expected to improve. He said with snow expected to move into Jackson county Monday afternoon, conditions might get worse.

Road conditions within Fentress County county are,”extremely slick,” according to Fentress County Road Supervisor Joey Reagan.

According to Reagan, county roads are the worst off with several reports of drivers sliding off roadways. Main roads and state highways still have some black ice, but Reagan said they are more fair with state crews salting.

Reagan said Fentress County crews have been salting and checking side roads since early this morning.

As for White County, Road Supervisor Clay Parker is recommending for all drivers to stay home. According to Parker, state and county roads are in fair shape, but the risk of icy spots still remain.

Parker said multiple vehicles have been reported sliding off roadways, so if you must drive, do so slowly. County crew have worked on salting the worse spots in the county since Monday at 2:00 a.m. Parker said workers are now preparing for the second wave of winter weather coming later.

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