A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT is in effect into Wednesday due repeated rainfall. A Flood Watch is in effect for our area until 7 AM Wednesday. Where there are more pauses in the rain, totals will be closer to 2 inches but some will receive at least 4 inches of rainfall total. Creeks and streams run high and areas with poor runoff could face flooding problems. Busy commute hours could face more slowdowns, with fog and standing water on roads as well.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Loudon County Commission has opposed additional funding for repairs and maintenance of military equipment acquired from the federal government, even though the director of the county's Office of Homeland Security says it's needed.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the commission voted 5-4 last week to deny the $23,000.
Director Daryl Smith told commissioners that all the equipment, including Humvees, trucks and a 32-foot boat, were acquired after examination of the county's possible worst case emergency needs.
For instance, he said the boat could serve as a work platform for the local dive squad and other agencies.
The vote followed more than an hour of public comment by residents opposed to the additional funding.
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