JAN. 4 – Adamsville Utility District customers awoke this 15-degree morning to find low to no water pressure.
Adamsville City Administrator Steve Simon said a sheltered actuator outside the water plant that tells the system when to retrieve more water from the wells froze. Adding to the situation, a telemetric system designed to alert water plant operators of problems failed.
Employees didn’t discover the system’s storage tanks had emptied until 4:30 a.m.
“We’re greatly embarrassed,” Simon said.
At 6:24 a.m., Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis notified the Courier he was canceling classes for the entire school system for the day because there was no water pressure at West Hardin Elementary.
JAN 2 -- Hardin County Road Superintendent Paul Blount died Saturday at the age of 78.
He was elected to the post in 1998 and served continuously until his death. He had been in poor health since suffering a stroke in late 2014.
“Paul was dedicated to his job. He had a passion for road and bridge construction,” said Hardin County Mayor Kevin Davis.
Blount was “respected by many and he was also a historian of the county. He will be greatly missed and his years of service to the public area greatly appreciated,” he said.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rosemary Fowler, their children Gregory Paul Blount of Savannah and Mary Carol Alexander, among others.
DEC. 29 – A 29-year-old Savannah woman died in a two-vehicle crash Thursday night on Tenn. 69 near the intersection of Forrester Lane.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Whitney Rose, who was killed, was driving a 2002 Chrysler Sebring convertible south on Tenn. 69.
Timothy Craig, 38, of Florence, Alabama, was driving a 2017 Hyundai Elantra northbound on the highway.
Craig crossed the center line and struck Rose’s vehicle, causing the Chrysler to spin out of control and strike a sign before coming to final rest off the west shoulder of the road.