Overnight Precipitation Hampers UCEMC Power Restoration

February 16, 2021

Carthage, TN. Freezing rain and snow overnight, bringing down trees and power lines, have compounded the already treacherous conditions for UCEMC crews to restore power to more than 13,700 members in this epic winter storm.

As of Tuesday morning, approximately 34% of UCEMC’s 51,000 members were without power. Additional damage assessments from UCEMC district managers push the restoration timeframes forward. With the current weather situation, even members with restored power may later experience other outages.

Members should make preparations for an extended outage situation.

Crews from Tri-County, Ft. Loudon, Blue Ridge EMC, and Appalachia assist in the restoration effort. In some areas, power restoration is hampered by the sheer number of fallen trees over power lines, blocking access roads, impeding pole installation and line replacement until other diggers, bucket trucks, and crews are brought in from contractors to clear the way for continued repairs today.

Areas still reporting outages include:


  • All of Allons
  • Hwy 136- waterloo area and greater Hilham area have isolated areas
  • (Standing stone and Turkey Town)
  • Rickman – has Sulfer community and Windel community areas out.
  • Monterey area- (isolated outages- Cedar Chapel and Rock Springs areas,
  • Thorn Gap area)
  • Rock Crusher area

The Monroe substation is back on, but approximately 800-1000 are still reporting outages.

In the Carthage area, 600 members are out:

  • Lancaster area
  • Dell Ridge area

Cookeville, 10-11 thousand report outages:

  • Algood areas- HWY 70 East, and downtown.
  • Working on Quinland lake road from Fisk Rd to HWY 111 (crews presently
  • in this area.)
  • Gainesboro Grade
  • Double springs
  • Silverpoint
  • Algood
  • South Bangham
  • Poplar Grove
  • Buck and Brotherton Mountain

Priorities due to population:

Buck Mountain and Brotherton Mountain. Algood area – Working on Quinland lake road from Fisk to HWY 111 (crews are in that area). Baxter – HWY 70 from 1st Ave in Baxter to Buffalo Valley Road and Silver Point.


  • Whites bend, and Flynn’s Lick.
  • Haden Burge Community
  • War trace Community
  • Seven Nobbs Community
  • Sugar Creek Community

Approximately 1,300 total members out. Total Outages: 13,700

Members calling to report outages at 1-800-261-2940 may experience delays due to the number of calls coming into the system. Members may also report outages within the districts section of ucemc.com or Messenger on the official UCEMC Facebook page. Your patience and understanding are appreciated. Updates, safety reminders, and additional information may be found at ucemc.com.