TOP PHOTO: LUB’s John Baird tends to a bad transformer on Friday afternoon.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Friday afternoon’s strong storms knocked out power almost system-wide for more than 14,000 customers of the La Follette Utility Board (LUB). The problem stemmed from issues with a TVA transmission line according to officials with LUB. “Getting most of those back on pretty quickly was easy once we determined that nothing was damaged within the substation,” said LUB General Manager Kenny Baird.

According to Gary Williams, 14,191 LUB customers were without power at the height of the dilemma. Williams is LUB’s Director of Engineering.

“We did have some distribution system damage, too,” added Baird. LUB crews had everything back on within a few hours after the storm. “We have right at 23,000 customers,” Baird pointed out. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/06/2022-11AM)