SMARM braces for demand for power bill money

Sevier County Area Rescue Ministry says they

SMARM in Sevierville. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sevier County Area Rescue Ministry says they're bracing for a big number of people who may need help paying a power bill this month.

The cold weather has heat pumps working overtime, and some have had to spend extra month fixing frozen pipes. SMARM says they are preparing to get $6-8000 in extra money to help people pay their power bills.

"We think this is going to be a tremendous hit for us, because so many people have had issues. Just as you walked in the door you saw we had a frozen pipe, and we know other people have had similar situations," said Dick Wellons, SMARM Executive Director.

Wellons says he hopes churches in the area will step up and help meet the needs of the community.

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