Cookeville Electric workers aid disaster relief efforts

Cookeville Electric workers prepare to deploy to Bowling Green, Ky. in the wake of Saturday's deadly EF-3 tornado. Pictured from left to right: Andy Roberts, Austin Cohea, Justin Robinson, Josh McCowan, Cody Nash, Chris Stover, Blake Johnson and Craig Bussell.

By Michelle Price
UCBJ Managing Editor

COOKEVILLE – On Sunday, two crews from Cookeville Electric Department (CED) deployed to Bowling Green, Kentucky to assist with the restoration of power in the wake of the EF-3 tornado that ravaged parts of the city. 

“Our hearts are heavy for the communities that have suffered such damage over the weekend, and Cookeville understands how assistance from others can help in such difficult times,” said an email from the city of Cookeville. 

Cookeville officials are uncertain how long local crews will be needed, but additional crews are prepared to relieve the deployed crews if necessary.

Local residents have been told to expect power to be out one to two weeks due to the extent of the devastation.

CED employees deploying include Andy Roberts, Austin Cohea, Justin Robinson, Josh McCowan, Cody Nash, Chris Stover, Blake Johnson and Craig Bussell.

“The willingness of Director Carl Haney and the CED crews to offer this much needed assistance is appreciated,” said City Manager James Mills.

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