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Iced C: Campbell County coated in layer of ice

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By PETER SAWYER

Wintry weather covered Campbell County in ice Jan. 25, but caused minimal structural damage.
About half an inch of ice was reported in some places in East Tennessee, according to Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. However, less than 100 people went without power and there were only two reported automobile accidents.
The LaFollette Utilities Board reported two power outages Friday morning, and Jellico Electric and Water System reported none.
One of the outages within LUB’s system occurred on Highway 25 at Kinwood Lane, said Becky Miller, dispatch coordinator at LUB’s service department. A tree went through a line, putting about 14 customers out of power.
“We got the first call at 7:40 that morning,” Miller said.
It took LUB employees about an hour to restore power to the customers that had been affected, Miller said.
The other power outage occurred on Quell Run, Miller said. About 47 customers were without power for about an hour before LUB employees fixed the problem.
Ice was a contributing cause for both outages, Miller said.
“We were extremely lucky,” Miller said. “We were real pleased with that.”
“We dodged a bullet, we really did,” said Marlene Broadway, with LUB.
Jellico Electric and Water System General Manager Billy Rowe feels clearing rights of way helped keep the system running during the ice storm.
“We done good,” he said. “The guys clearing rights of way have done a good job. It’s starting to show for us.”
There is a chance for snow tonight, according to the National Weather Service website.
When ice or snow is predicted, LUB and Jellico Electric and Water System prepare trucks with chains and schedule crews to be on standby, Miller and Rowe said.
“You’re always planning for the worst, and hoping for the best,” Miller said.
There were two automobile accidents in the morning, said Charlie Hutson, Campbell County 911 director. Ice was a factor in at least one of the accidents. A vehicle hit ice while traveling on Old Middlesboro Highway, and the driver lost control, according to Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Davis.