Clinton and Area Receives over 6 inches of Rain in Overnight Storms

An intense storm with thousands of lightning strikes and several inches of rain over portions of Anderson and Knox County’s resulted in several roads being closed earlier this morning. Some homes had to evacuated, and damage to tents at the Anderson County Fairgrounds. The storm setup over Anderson County and didn’t move dumping over 6 inches of rain on the area. Many tents at the fair could not sustain all the weight upon them from the water and collapsed from the weight. Debris along many rural and state roads were noticed and even some closed during the early morning hours into the early afternoon.

The County Mayor’s Office sent out a press release this morning in regard to the storms: as of 8:30 am, County Mayor Terry Frank said “all of Anderson County’s emergency services are operational and responding to calls. Our Emergency Management Agency Director Steve Payne is conducting damage assessments in several areas. There have been some homes evacuated in the area of Pop Hollow Road, and emergency officials have conducted four vehicle rescues in high water. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911.”

North Main Street in Clinton between Weaver Street and North Hicks Street was flooded and blocked off to traffic in both directions. Additionally, the City and State closed Clinch Avenue/Highway 25W at the Clinton city limits. The roadway was closed in both directions because of damage to the road. Many other neighborhoods and communities were dealing with downed trees and power lines. Everyone is working as hard as they can to get services restored.

As the storms continue to pound one area over and over again thankfully no one lost their life due to the intense rains and storms however several thousands were without power around the Clinton Highway, South Clinton, Powell community and into Knox County as well. A few more isolated storms could be in the forecast for the evening but for the most part rains we seen overnight are not expected again to repeat.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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