Roane County residents help W.V. flooding victims

Roane County residents help W.V. flooding victims

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"We've had a sister county relationship," explained County Commissioner Randy Ellis. "We've had a sister county relationship," explained County Commissioner Randy Ellis.
"There comes a point when you have to give back," Kingston Resident Brian Matthews said. "There comes a point when you have to give back," Kingston Resident Brian Matthews said.
The area was hit with extreme flooding on Thursday, at least a hundred homes damaged. The area was hit with extreme flooding on Thursday, at least a hundred homes damaged.

HARRIMAN (WATE) – Residents of Roane County are doing what they can to help people living in a flood-ravaged area in West Virginia because of a connection they feel for that area.

Local leaders have organized a fundraising effort for residents of Roane County, W.V., where at least a hundred homes were damaged Thursday by flooding.

"We've had a sister county relationship," explained County Commissioner Randy Ellis.

Ellis says they've had a connection to that section of West Virginia for a few years. The connection comes in part from confusion that comes from sharing the same name.

"I called and spoke to the county commissioner up there. It's the same situation. They get a lot of calls about the Roane County school system in Tennessee," he explained.

So when local residents heard about the disaster in West Virginia and the help that was needed, it was tough to not want to do something to help.

"What we're asking for is monetary donations, monetary donations along with Walmart gift cards," Ellis said.

Four drop-off locations are provided for donations: Ellis Surplus and Salvage in Harriman, Roane County Courthouse in Kingston, James Brummett Insurance in Oliver Springs, and Bob's Burgers in Midtown. You can also donate online.

Kingston resident Brian Matthews dropped off cash at the Harriman location. He says it's because he remembers the kindness that was shown to their area when they needed the help.

"When the ash spill hit Roane County, we had a grand outpouring from other communities in other areas. There comes a point when you have to give back," Matthews said.

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