First school day's lunch left powerless

Friday, August 10, 2012

CORNERSVILLE -- Straight line winds blew through town Thursday, knocking trees down on power lines causing an outage for about an hour starting shortly after lunch began at the elementary school here.

Cafeteria workers drove to Cornersville High School for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the upper classmen and girls at Cornersville Elementary as kindergartners and first graders consumed the hot meals they'd already purchased.

"We made sure the temperature was right" for the Salisbury steak and chicken nuggets were already prepared, CES Principal Cheryl Ewing reported that afternoon.

Cornersville City Hall was powerless for nearly an hour, City Administrator Taylor Branden said, offering information about other events during the outage.

"Simultaneously we had a tractor trailer break down in front of city hall," Branden said. "It was a result of tire dry rot."

Police had to deal with traffic issues, but remained vigilant about keeping an eye on the bank in town so that bank robbers couldn't take advantage of the outage to steal money, the city administrator said.

The outage lasted "slightly over two hours," according to Brad Gibson, director of member services for Duck River Electric Membership Corp. "Trees fell across a three-phase line there in Cornersville.

" Our district manager, Ron Aldridge, was in communication with the school during the outage and even went to their location to make sure they had the most up-to-date information as restorations took place as quickly and safely as possible," Gibson said.

The school also faced water service issues because electricity powers water pumps, officials said.