Carson Newman University cleaning up after severe storms

Carson Newman University cleaning up after severe storms

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Heavy winds damaged several trees in Jefferson City. Heavy winds damaged several trees in Jefferson City.
Those that didn't wake up to the storm likely woke up to the sounds of chainsaws as crews cleaned up several tree limbs around campus. Those that didn't wake up to the storm likely woke up to the sounds of chainsaws as crews cleaned up several tree limbs around campus.
The wind also loosened a few high voltage lines, but no outages were reported. The wind also loosened a few high voltage lines, but no outages were reported.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - People in parts of East Tennessee spent Wednesday morning cleaning up after severe storms rolled through the area.

Heavy winds damaged several trees in Jefferson City.

Carson Newman University was just one location to see the storms roll through.

"We just heard a lot of thunder, and our RA's woke us up and we had to evacuate our rooms and go to the basement of our dormitory," said Freshman Ryan Taylor.

That's how many students on campus started their day.

"It's a little nerve-racking," said Taylor. "You're a little confused because you just woke up you don't really know what's going on."

Those that didn't wake up to the storm likely woke up to the sounds of chainsaws as crews cleaned up several tree limbs around campus.

Facilities manager Ondes Webster was one of the first on scene.

"There were very dark clouds to the north of my house which meant it was in a clear direction to follow the river to Jefferson City," said Webster. "When I came to campus I noticed on the east and south side of campus a lot of debris and small limbs in the street."

One of the biggest limbs was on Branner Avenue. It damaged a light pole and forced crews to close the street.

Most of the trees around campus are over a hundred years old. Recently the university's arborist has been working with students and staff to help preserve those trees.

Webster believes that's why more limbs weren't knocked down.

"We spend a lot of resources to preserve the trees, because we feel like they are the beauty of our campus," said Webster.

The wind also loosened a few high voltage lines, but no outages were reported.

All roads were back open by noon Wednesday and campus operations have returned to normal.

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