Two East Tennessee Towns Run Dry Will Get Water Soon

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials say two of the state's driest towns will have water flowing to residents soon.

The spring in Orme and the town reservoir in Monteagle dried up during the exceptional drought that covered much of the Southeast this summer.

But the mayors of these two drought-stricken Southeast Tennessee communities say the situation is improving.

Monteagle Mayor Charles Rollins said this week that a new connection will be added to direct water to the town's Laurel Lake reservoir in about a week.

Just south of Monteagle, Orme Mayor Tony Reames said an emergency connection with Bridgeport, Alabama, should start flowing water into more than 50 homes early next week.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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