(C)2013 NPT PHOTO BY RICK HOOPER
Todd Jones of TEMA, left, Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore, center,
and Assistant Road Superintendent Lonnie Ottinger look over a list of
road damages in Cocke County on Wednesday afternoon.
|Published: 11:15 AM, 07/25/2013
||Last updated: 11:16 AM, 07/25/2013
Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT—Whether Cocke County will receive federal
assistance to help in making road repairs as a result of last week’s storms
remains uncertain, according to state and local officials.
Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore, Road Superintendent
Kenneth Ford and Assistant Road Superintendent Lonnie Ottinger met with Todd
Jones of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday to further
assess the damage.
Jones said Wednesday afternoon that his preliminary
assessment has damages in Cocke County at nearly a half-million dollars, up
from the $250,000 initial estimate given by county officials just after the
While the county’s damages more than meet one of the
criteria for receiving federal assistance, the state’s criteria may fall short,
meaning federal funds won’t be available.
“The county exceeds its requirement,” said Jones. “But,
there has to be $8.7 million in damages statewide for there to be a federal
declaration. We’re still evaluating damages in other parts of the state so,
right now it’s “iffy.”
For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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