American Lung Association – Wood Burning Stove Change-Out Program Launches In Murphy

Community, Lifestyle

Program replaces high pollution wood stoves in an effort to lessen pollution and improve air quality

MURPHY, N.C.  (February 21, 2018) – The American Lung Association today announced the launch of the North Carolina Woodstove Changeout Program. The program works to improve indoor and outdoor air quality by removing old, high polluting, low efficiency wood stoves and qualified fireplaces by replacing them with cleaner burning, more efficient EPA-certified woodstoves and hydronic heaters or heat pumps.

 

The program covers residents of Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Mecklenburg and Swain counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The American Lung Association has long been committed to reducing resident’s exposure to wood smoke. Since 2010, the Lung Association has successfully implemented a number of woodstove changeout programs across the country.
“According to the EPA, replacing older wood burning appliances will reduce emissions of hazardous pollutants that pose a significant danger for our families and communities by over 70 percent,” said Martha Bogdan, MSA, Executive Vice President of the American Lung Association, Southeast Region.

 

Particle pollution is made of soot or tiny particles that come from coal-fired power plants, diesel engines, wildfires and wood-burning devices. These particles are so small that they can lodge deep in the lungs and trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes. They can even cause lung cancer, and early death.
The wood stove changeout program lowers particle pollution emissions in the area and supports local retail stove businesses who are working with the American Lung Association. Participating retailers are Fireside Hearth and Home Shop in Murphy (54 Canterbury Rd, Murphy, NC 28906), Hearth and Patio in Charlotte (4332 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205) and Mountain Air Mechanical Contractors Inc. in Arden (27 Loop Rd. Arden, NC 28704).  Retailers will be added across the targeted counties as the program continues to grow.

 

Homeowners who live in the project area and own a non-EPA certified woodstove or qualified fireplace can apply for a voucher. Vouchers are available for:

  • Up to $750 for replacement of a non-EPA-certified wood stove or qualified fireplace with a new EPA-certified wood stove
  • Up to $1,500 for replacement of a non-EPA-certified wood stove or qualified fireplace with a new EPA-certified wood-pellet stove, ductless heat pump or new gas stove
  • Up to $4,000 for a single story home or up to $4,500 for a two or more story home for replacement of a non-EPA-certified wood stove, with a new EPA-certified wood or wood-pellet stove, or ductless heat pump with a new heater rated gas stove, for an income-qualified homeowner
  • Up to $6,000 or up to $10,000 for income qualified for replacement of an older technology hydronic heater with a new EPA certified wood pellet hydronic heater, or other clean technology home heating device

Applications for the vouchers are available online. Applications must be submitted directly to the American Lung Association via physical mail. Once applicants receive their voucher, they will have four weeks to enter into a purchase agreement with one of the participating retailers. The retailer then installs the new stove and recycles and makes the old stove inoperable. The number of vouchers is limited.

For more program details, go to http://www.lung.org/woodstove or call 1-800-548-8252. For more about the American Lung Association, go to: www.lung.org.

Holiday Events in Murphy and surrounding areas

Community

MURPHY, N.C.- Here is a list of holiday events happening in Murphy and the surrounding areas:

The annual Harshaw Rd. synchronized Christmas light display will be taking place from now until New Year’s Eve with weather permitting. Any proceeds made will go directly to Toys for Tots. Hours of the display are Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The display is located at 3351 Harshaw Rd. in Murphy.

The Polar Express began Nov. 10 and will operate through December 31.
The round-trip excursion is a little over an hour long and is set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack. Guest will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while enjoying the train ride. Santa Claus joins riders on The Polar Express for each ride, greeting all children and presenting them with a special gift, just as in the story, along with their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols are sung on the return trip back to the Bryson City Depot. For more information about the schedule and ticket pricing, please follow this link: Schedule and ticket information

Murphy First Baptist Church will hold its 41st annual Singing Christmas Tree. This event is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Dec. 9 through 11. Saturday’s performance is a matinee beginning at 4 p.m. while Sunday and Monday performances are slated to start at 7 p.m. First Baptist Church is located at 517 Hiwassee St. in Murphy.

Santa Claus will be at Bojangles in Murphy from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Attendees bringing a toy for Toys for Tots will receive a free sausage, ham, gravy or jelly biscuit for children ages 12 and under. Murphy High School will be setting the tone for the special visit with the school chorus singing Christmas carols.

If you would like us to add additional events, let us know at Tiffany@FetchYourNews.com

 

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Security training provided for places of worship

Announcements, News

MURPHY, N.C.- The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office announced via Facebook Sheriff Derrick Palmer will be providing security training to places of worship this holiday season.

The announcement on Facebook reads:

The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association (NCSA) has convened a group of sheriffs and sheriff’s personnel from across the state to develop training materials that will help places of worship create security plans to keep citizens safe during the holiday season.

The group was established by Sheriff Hubert A. Peterkin (Hoke County, N.C.), President of the NCSA, at the suggestion of Sheriff John W. Ingram V (Brunswick County, N.C.) as a result of recent attacks at community gatherings and in places of worship in the U.S. and abroad.

The group’s goal was to prepare materials to be used by sheriffs and their personnel to train places of worship to develop security plans designed to minimize harm done in the event of an active shooter.

“When you’re a sheriff, you have to be prepared for many different types of events in order to effectively protect the citizens that you serve. In light of last summer’s tragic attack in a Charleston (S.C.) church, North Carolina sheriffs from the mountains to the coast have received requests to provide training at churches and other places of worship regarding appropriate security measures,” said Peterkin.

The NCSA Church Security Group worked this fall to develop materials that all sheriff’s offices in North Carolina can use to provide training, upon request, to places of worship in their county. The training is designed to teach church personnel and members how to attempt to prevent critical incidents and how to react if a critical incident occurs during worship services.

“We have typically felt safe in our communities without much thought of danger in our places of worship. However, recent events have shown that no community is safe. From Charleston, South Carolina, to Sutherland Springs, Texas, we see that no community is exempt from tragedy. It is our duty to provide training to any place of worship that desires to be proactive and help make our communities as safe as possible,” said Sheriff Palmer.

Topics discussed in the training materials include:

– Conducting a Security Risk Assessment;

– Developing a Place of Worship Security Plan;

– What to do during the Critical Incident;

– What to do immediately after the Critical Incident; and

– The need to provide Crisis Intervention Stress Management afterward.

“The sheriff’s of North Carolina are dedicated to assisting the churches and houses of worship in their counties with security and safety training to improve public safety across our state. A place of worship should be a place of peace and a safe haven,” said Peterkin.

Sheriff Palmer will be leading this training on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at 7 p.m. The location will be at Little Brasstown Baptist Church 6120 Harshaw Rd, Brasstown, NC 28902. All citizens are invited to attend.

Anyone with questions concerning the training seminar can contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 828-837-2589.

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Widespread power outages reported in Tri-State area

News

MURPHY, N.C.- UPDATE: Union County, Georgia, EMA in conjunction with the American Red Cross and House of Prayer has opened a temporary emergency shelter at House of Prayer Family Life Center located at 145 Bible Camp Circle in Blairsville.

If you are without power, have no alternate heat and need shelter, please travel to the shelter. Please make sure it is safe to travel before doing so as road conditions may be hazardous.

As of 12:50 p.m. Sunday, Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) reported via Facebook that there are still 338 power outages affecting 6,426 members in its coverage area.

 

This weekend’s winter storm left thousands without power in the Tri-State area. Many have been without power since Friday afternoon.

Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation (BRMEMC) announced via Facebook that crews are working diligently to restore power to the service area.

As of 8 a.m. Sunday, there were a reported 401 outages affecting 13,203 members. Below is a list of areas BRMEMC crews will be working in today:

Ranger

Mineral Bluff

Skeenah Gap

Old Blue Ridge Hwy

Hwy 180 / Richard Russell

Woodsgrove

Warne

Fires Creek

Shooting Creek

Macedonia

Hightower

Young Harris

 

BRMEMC updated their facebook at 10 a.m. letting customers know that outages are down to 370 with 8,768 customers affected. Crews are making progress in this cold weather.

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Winter Storm Warning for Cherokee and Clay Counties, North Carolina

News, Weather

Winter Storm Warning for Cherokee and Clay counties, North Carolina

 

Posted at 3:15 pm from the National Weather Service:

Accumulating snowfall expected on Friday across Southwest North Carolina and the mountains of Eastern Tennessee…

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST

SATURDAY…

Light to moderate snow occurring. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute.

Additional snow accumulations of one to three inches are expected.

 

Additional Details

Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are occurring. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.

 

Ways to prepare and stay safe:

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
    Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
  • Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads.                                                                                           Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
  •  Before driving, let someone know your destination, route and expected time of arrival.
     If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you. 
  •  If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid         rubbing your skin and seek medical help immediately.                                                                                             You may have frostbite.                                                                                                                                                         
  • When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads.                                                                                 Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.                                                                                                                      
  •  Stay Dry.                                                                                                                                                                       Wet clothes makes you lose body heat, increasing your risk for hypothermia.                                                            

School closings and traffic reports

News, Weather

UPDATE: All Cherokee County Schools’ athletic events scheduled for this evening are cancelled.

The Murphy versus Hiawassee Dam high school basketball game will be played Monday. The Andrews versus Robbinsville high school game will be rescheduled for a later time.

All wrestling matches are cancelled as well.

We are now under a winter weather warning, so please use caution and judgement when traveling.

 

MURPHY, N.C.- A winter weather advisory for Cherokee County, North Carolina, is in effect until Saturday, December 8. One to three inches of snow accumulation in the lower elevations with more in the higher elevations are expected, and roads will be treacherous, so please use caution.

Road Reports
North Carolina: 877-511-4662
Tennessee: 877-244-0065
Georgia: 888-635-8287
You can also dial 511 from your phone or visit the state link here: NC DOT GA DOT TN DOT

Closing and Delays

Below are a list of schools that are closed today, Dec. 8, 2017:

Cherokee County Schools    CLOSED (OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKDAY)
Clay County Schools     CLOSED (OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKDAY)
​Fannin County Schools     CLOSED
Graham County Schools      CLOSED (OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKDAY)
​Murphy Adventist Christian School   CLOSED (YARD SALE ALSO CANCELLED)
Nantahala School    CLOSED (OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKDAY)
North Georgia Technical College    Monitor www.northgatech.edu for updates
Polk County Schools     COPPER BASIN SCHOOLS CLOSED
Southwestern Community College    Monitor www.southwesterncc.edu for updates or on

Facebook

The Learning Center Charter School    Follows Cherokee County Schools closings/delays
TCCC: Peachtree/Marble     CLOSED
TCCC: Graham County    CLOSED
Towns County Schools     CLOSED
Tri-County Early College    CLOSED
Union County Schools    CLOSED

Expect occasional snow to continue for the next several hours. Continue to check back with us for possible updates.

If you have any traffic reports, please email us at Tiffany@FetchYourNews.com.

Have a great day and stay safe if you venture out today.

 

BOLO: Missing Teen from Andrews, N.C.

News

ANDREWS, N.C.- The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in locating a 17-year-old caucasian male, Brenden Witt, who is listed as a runaway.

Current information is that Brenden may be in the Andrews community.

Anyone having information concerning the location of Brenden please call the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 828-837-2589 or Cherokee County Dispatch at 911.

Murphy Middle, Martins Creek Elementary will compete at FIRST Lego League State Championship

Cherokee County Schools, Swain County High School

 

CHEROKEE, N.C.- Forty-eight schools across the state competed in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League (FLL) robotics competition hosted by Cherokee High School in Cherokee, North Carolina, Saturday, Dec 2., 2017. The Lego League is the elementary and middle school version of FIRST Robotics.

In the state of North Carolina, North Carolina A&T State University (N.C. A&T) serves as the affiliate partner (AP) for FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge.

The theme for this year’s FIRST Lego League competition is hydrodynamics. The teams had to design a robot that would show how to improve the way people find, transport, use or dispose of water.

North Carolina is a two-division championship tournament region between eastern and western North Carolina. The top 13 finalists from both the eastern and western regions, will compete at the state competition.

Only 13 schools from the western division were able to advance to the state competition, and out of those schools, Murphy Middle School and Martins Creek Elementary were two of the schools that will be advancing.

The region that wins at the state competition will then go onto the southeastern competition, which will have teams from several different states in the southeastern United States.

The teams from the western region that will be advancing to the state competition are:

BMS Robotics – Brevard, N.C.
Hydro Knights, Fairview School – Sylva, N.C.
The HydroMechanics, Fairview School – Sylva, N.C.
Minifigures, Cullowhee Valley School – Cullowhee, N.C.
Programming Professionals, Shining Rock Classical Academy – Waynesville, N.C.
Chaotic Robotic, Martin’s Creek School – Murphy, N.C.
Koontz Battering Rams, Koontz Intermediate School – Asheville, N.C.
Circuit Overload, Murphy Middle School – Murphy, N.C.
Accidental Genius, Summit Charter School – Cashiers, N.C.
Tarheel Terminators, Smokey Mountain School – Whittier, N.C.
Lego Lords, Summit Charter – Cashiers, N.C.
Hydrobots, Macon Middle – Franklin, N.C.
Narwhal Nation, Cullowhee Valley – Cullowhee, N.C.

The state championship will be held January 20 and 21, 2018, in Greensboro, North Carolina, on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.

 

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