Sweetwater activates four new tornado sirens

Sweetwater activates four new tornado sirens

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Four new tornado sirens were installed recently in Sweetwater. Four new tornado sirens were installed recently in Sweetwater.
"We wanted to canvas the whole town," said Spectrum Electric Vice President Cody Phillips. "Actually, we're hoping that they'll actually cover a lot of county area around the town also." "We wanted to canvas the whole town," said Spectrum Electric Vice President Cody Phillips. "Actually, we're hoping that they'll actually cover a lot of county area around the town also."
"I'm glad they are here, because I'm from Florida and we have hurricanes and we get a lot of warning," said Sweetwater resident Julie Dennis. "Tornadoes, you don't get warning." "I'm glad they are here, because I'm from Florida and we have hurricanes and we get a lot of warning," said Sweetwater resident Julie Dennis. "Tornadoes, you don't get warning."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

SWEETWATER (WATE) - The people in one Monroe County city are now better protected against the threat of tornadoes.

Four new tornado sirens were installed recently and were tested Wednesday.

The sirens are located on Monroe Street, Linwood Street, New Highway 68, and one downtown.

"We wanted to canvas the whole town," said Spectrum Electric Vice President Cody Phillips. "Actually, we're hoping that they'll actually cover a lot of county area around the town also."

Three of the sirens were donated by TVA. The other siren already belonged to the city and was not being used. It was refurbished and placed on top of the fire department downtown.

The sirens are activated by a radio signal at the fire department.

Since the sirens and the poles they were placed on were donated, the city saved a lot of money.

"We probably got a $30,000 to $40,000 system for probably the cost will be around $5,000," said Sweetwater Mayor Doyle Lowe.

Lowe says reaction to the sirens has been very positive.

"I'm happy," said Sweetwater resident Leon Dennis. "I would like to know if they are coming. I don't want to be sitting at home and all of a sudden there's a tornado outside."

"I'm glad they are here, because I'm from Florida and we have hurricanes and we get a lot of warning," said Sweetwater resident Julie Dennis. "Tornadoes, you don't get warning."

City officials says all of the tornado sirens worked perfectly Wednesday. They plan to test them monthly to make sure they are working properly.

Sweetwater already has the Code Red system installed for residents, where they can get phone and e-mail warnings about severe weather.

TVA also donated sirens to the other three cities in Monroe County. They are currently in the process of getting them installed as well.

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