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5,000 impacted in Watertown outage

Equipment problems at MTEMC's Watertown Substation left about 5,000 cooperative members in that area without power for more than six hours Sunday, June 24.

The outage began at 9:17 a.m. Power was restored at 3:50 p.m. The affected areas included Watertown, Alexandria and Statesville. MTEMC personnel worked through the day to restore power.

Though tied to equipment failure, the precise cause of the outage is still under investigation.

The high for Sunday was officially 98 degrees.

"We are sorry our members were inconvenienced for this long, particularly on a day as hot as this one," said Chris Jones, MTEMC vice president of communications and member services. "Our people worked very hard to restore as quickly as possible."

Alleged llegal immigrants arrested in Lebanon

Wilson County Sheriffs Department arrested five alleged illegal immigrants Sunday morning and authorities are on the lookout for more.

Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and the WCSD Criminal Warrants Division arrested the five reported illegal immigrants living in the Lebanon area on Sunday, June 24. The department reportedly has warrants on several others and is still looking for those individuals.

The arrested persons were taken to the Wilson County Jail and later transported to a federal holding facility in Nashville.

No injuries in 5-car wreck

A five-vehicle wreck on Interstate 40 early Monday morning resulted in no injuries after a driver lost control of her vehicle while attempting to slow down.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, at around 6:40 a.m., a 2000 Hyundai Tiburon driven by Alisha Hawkins of Nickelsville, Vir., was traveling westbound in the right-hand lane on I-40 near mile marker 239 when she lost control of her vehicle when attempting to slow down.

Hawkins vehicle reportedly turned sideways and rear-ended a 2004 Nissan Maxima driven by Joshua Latz of Clarksville. Hawkins vehicle then hit the cable barrier off the roadway.

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