AT&T says no recovery timeframe for Internet back online due to building damage and investigation

AT&T officials says Internet services in the state, including Moore County’s Monster Broadband, can not be restored until commercial power can be turned back on in the damaged data center. (File Photo)

STATE NEWS — Based on information given both through a company press release and the 1 p.m. press conference, there is currently “no recovery timeframe in hand” for an all clear on AT&T-fed Internet in Tennessee as well as parts of Kentucky and northern Alabama. This includes Moore County’s Monster Broadband.

According to AT&T mechanical engineers, they confirmed that there is roughly three feet of water in the basement of the data center from overnight efforts to fight a fire in the building. That water has the potential to do damage to mechanical equipment in the area. Also, that standing water is preventing commercial power from being restored, which is preventing restoration of Internet services.

Both AT&T and TEMA have generators on site, which has restored some 3G cellular services, but commercial power will need to be restored to get Internet back online. That power remains shut off near the area of the explosion so that FBI and ATF can safely continue their investigation.

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, Don Cochran said his office had received over 500 tips and leads since Friday and investigators were following up on all of them.

Cochran stated that the area near the AT&T data center was like a giant jigsaw puzzle filled with clues.

He also stated that over 250 FBI agents were on the ground in Nashville and profilers at Quantico were working to help narrow the manhunt.

“We ask that you be patient,” said Metro Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake.

No one at the 1 p.m. press conference named any suspect or persons of interest in the bombing. CBS News released the name of Anthony Quinn Warner, age 63, of Nashville as a person of interest in the bombing earlier today. Click here for that link. •

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Distillery donates $100K to tornado relief

STATE NEWS — The legacy of Lynchburg’s Jack Daniel Distillery and Nashville have always been intertwined. Country music and Tennessee whiskey are our state’s favorite power couple. Eric Church famously pours a shot of Single Barrel for his crew during his concerts. And Nashville artists from Miranda Lambert to George Jones have crooned about our local product.

So, when a devastating tornado swept through downtown Nashville early Tuesday morning it’s didn’t take the Distillery long to step up and lend a hand.

By Tuesday afternoon, Jack Daniel’s Distillery announced via social media that it would donate $100,000 to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund managed by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The fund will assist with those affected by the recent tornadoes in Nashville as well as the smaller surrounding towns in Putnam, Wilson, and Benton counties.

“We at Jack Daniel’s are heartbroken over the storms that hit the Nashville area last night,” the brand stated via social media. “In an effort to help, Jack Daniel’s is donating $100,000 to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund.”

If you’d like to contribute as well, you can do so through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee website.

In additional to the Jack Daniel monetary donation, members of the Metro Moore County Volunteer Fire Department were headed to Cookeville on Wednesday to assist with clean up efforts. Also Moore County Schools Coordinated School Health were collecting donations to deliver to people affected in the Cookeville area. •

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Spring Vintage Market Days returns to Nashville on March 20-22

Cute succulents in quirky, handmade planters are just one of the hundreds of unique finds you’ll discover at Vintage Market Days. {Photos Provided}

STATE NEWS | Nashville — In our fast-paced life there’s just something special about a vintage find at an area flea market or antique sale. It’s a decidedly analog moment in our ever-fleeting digital worlds. If you are a lover of all things vintage, re-purposed, hand-made, and antique, you’ll want to save the date for Vintage Market Days happening at the newly renovated The Fairgrounds Nashville space on March 20-22.

According to organizers, they’ve added new vendors to make the 2020 event bigger than ever. Example of treasures you might find include antique furniture, original art, handmade goods, re-purposed things, creative storage ideas, unique clothing and jewelry, live plants, and some yummy specialty foods.

The Nashville market will return on March 20-22 for a three day event at the Fairgrounds Nashville. They’ll blend interior designers, decorators, and over 100 unique vendors in a newly renovated space. There will also be area food trucks on site to fuel the day. Tickets are $5 – $15 and can be purchased through the event’s Facebook page. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Breaking: John Hynes named Preds head coach

On Tuesday, the Nashville Predators named John Hynes as their third head coach in the franchise history. The preds are currently two games behind the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche in Central Division play. {Photo Courtesy of the Nashville Predators.}

STATE NEWS | Nashville — The Nashville Predators announced on Tuesday, that John Hynes will be named the next head coach. The third head coach in the franchises history, Hynes brings more than 10 season f AHL and NHL experience to the job.

“John Hynes is a bright young coach and great leader who has a track record of both effectively developing young players and successfully motivating veterans,” Preds General Manager David Poile said. “We love his coaching resume and are confident that he has learned from every stop during his career, and has the best skill set to get the maximum potential out of our team.”

Hynes comes to the Preds with a 150-159-45 record as a head coach. He previously coached at the New Jerswy Devils. For the complete Pred’s press release, click here.

On Monday, the Preds became one of six National Hockey League (NHL) teams to decide to make a coaching change as they announced that head coach Peter Laviolette and associate coach Kevin McCarthy would not be returning. Laviolette coach the Preds for over five seasons and under his reign Nashville’s popular hockey team reached post-season play in five consecutive seasons, including the Stanley Cup final in the 2016-17 season.

His firing was a bit of surprise considering that the Preds are in the middle of the 2019-20 season. The night before the announcement, the Preds lost to the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in California. Tonight, they play Boston at home at 7 p.m. •

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TV show Oddities comes to life in Nashville Market

Mike Zohn from the Discovery Channel Show Oddities will bring his personally curated market to The Fairground Nashville on Saturday. {Photo Provided}

EVENTS | Nashville — Ever watch the Discovery Channel’s docuseries Oddities? The half-hour show follows the operations of an East Village shop, Obscura Antiques & Oddities, which specializes in antiques and other rarities. Co-owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson and their buyer, Ryan Matthew, scour flea markets, auctions, and personal collections for unusual artifacts.

They’ve found everything from a mummified cat to an antique straight jacket. That same zeitgeist will come to the The Fairground Nashville on October 12 for The Oddities Market … a traveling market curated by Zohn. You’ll find everything from skulls, bones, jewelry, antiques, art, quack medical, candles, occult, t-shirts, true crime, taxidermy, collectibles, dark art, upcycled creations, haunted pieces, and so much more.

General admission tickets are $10 and are sold at the door, cash only. For more details click here. •

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Fall Events: Three cool things at Cheekwood Harvet

This year, Cheekwood added a second Pumpkin House to it’s Harvest display. {Photo Provided}

EVENTS | Nashville — The temperature may still be in the 90’s but it’s officially fall y’all. You can celebrate all things fall at Cheekwood Harvest running now through October 27. We checked it out, and here are five things you shouldn’t miss if you go:

Over 5,000 mums are scattered throughout the 55-acre estate. {Photo Provided}

1 | The Mums. Cheekwood Harvest boast over 5,000 chrysanthemums in every shade of autumn one can imagine. The property in Belle Meade has them scattered in every direction.

2 | The Scarecrows. This year exhibit are all classis storybook themed. Prior to the opening, groups, classrooms, churches, neighborhoods, and work peers were invited to submit a scarecrow based on a literary character or an author of their choice. The results did not disappoint.

3 | The Pumpkin House and Patch. The folks at Cheekwood constructed, not one, but two, 11-foot-tall Pumpkin House surrounded by pumpkins in dozens of varieties that you can purchase and take home.

It’s also a perfect spot for the fall family photos or just an Instagram selfie. Cheekwood is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click here. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}