No fire found after Polk units dispatched to TVA Dam 1
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Feb 13, 2013 | 1037 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
West Polk County Fire and Rescue officials responded to TVA’s Dam No. 1 generating facility Tuesday afternoon after light smoke was reportedly noticed inside the generating plant.

Chief Steve Lofty said two engines, a tanker and about 25 firefighters were dispatched to the scene around 1 p.m.

“Firefighters could find no visible fire so after searching, they discovered two small transformers had shorted, causing the smoke,” Lofty said.

The smoke was coming from an area where batteries are charged.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

TVA’s Dam 1 is located at Parksville Lake and was constructed beginning in 1911.

- Landscaping material and other items were reported stolen from a business located on Waterlevel Highway.

According to a report filed by deputy Ken Ritenour of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Keith Henderson said someone entered the Bent Twig Landscape Company property and took 300 metal stakes, a diamond-plate tool box, skid-steer tracks, three wheelbarrows, some water tanks and fence posts.

According to the report, one of the skid-steer tracks was located at a salvage metal business.

Criminal Investigations Division detectives are in charge of the case, according to Ritenour’s report.

The missing property was believed to be valued at approximately $4,500.

The theft was believed to have been committed between Feb. 6 and Feb. 8, according to Ritenour.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Driver’s License Roadside Safety Checkpoints in Bradley County beginning this weekend.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county and will begin Saturday.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public, by motorists who would violate the driver’s license laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.