From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Thursday, February 8th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.
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Due to ongoing problems with illness in schools, some school systems have implemented closures in our area. Polk County Schools will be closed on Friday, February 9th, and Monday February 12th. Rhea County Schools and Etowah City Schools will be closed today, as well as Friday, February 9th. Stay tuned to Mix 104-1 throughout the coming days and watch our Facebook page, Mix 104-1 WCLE, for any further updates on area school closures.
From NewsChannel 9…
Right now, crews are making progress in repairing a break in TVA’s flume on the Ocoee River. Usually this time of year, the flume carries water to TVA’s powerhouse to generate electricity. But, since the rock slide in November, that can’t happen.
In November, hikers spotted a leak in the line after a rock slide.
Now, TVA says it’s missing out on about $10,000 a day in revenue, but kayakers are glad the water is rushing down river instead of in the flume.
Crews are having to stabilize the surrounding rock, resulting in more debris than there was after the rock slide. Boards have been added to the top so they can walk around on the normally open flume. Shelters will be built so workers can get out of the elements and take breaks if needed. Once that is all complete, it’ll take at least four more months to complete the repairs.
TVA says the repair project will cost a total of $1.4 million.
From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
A hydraulic fluid leak into the Hiwassee River in Charleston does not pose a risk, according to authorities.
Lindsay Hathcock, spokesman for the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency, issued a statement that a fixed base apparatus that unloads product for industrial use on the Hiwassee River in Charleston “has had a small hydraulic leak.” He added the hydraulic fluid — Ecoterra HVI hydraulic oil — “is specifically made for use in this environment, such as this waterway, to inherently minimize risk in the event of any leak.”
Hathcock said the device is being repaired and the situation is currently being monitored by local authorities and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has been notified.
The incident occurred at Smoky Mountain Transfer Corporation in Charleston. Approximately 10 gallons of hydraulic fluid leaked in the incident.