Electric power was restored a few minutes before 7 p.m. to the last of thousands of Greeneville Light & Power System customers affected by a widespread power outage that struck wide areas of Greeneville and Greene County at about 5:45 p.m., according to GL&PS General Manager Bill Carroll.
Carroll made the statement in a telephone interview with The Greeneville Sun at 6:55 p.m.
In a separate interview at about 6 p.m., Carroll had estimated that as many as 15,000-18,000 customers might then be without electricity.
Around 5:45 p.m., he explained, the utility's Industrial Substation, located on Hal Henard Road, stopped receiving power because of a "dropped" TVA delivery point, "It's nothing on our end," he said.
While the eastern part of Greeneville and Greene County was apparently not affected by the outage, electricity disappeared abruptly in the western part of Greeneville, including at least part of the downtown area, and in western sections of the county including the Asheville Highway area, Mosheim and Mohawk, and, reportedly, at least some areas north of Interstate 81.
Carroll said in the 6 p.m. interview that, as of that point, TVA had not been able to provide information as to why the delivery point went out of service or how long it would be out.
At that time, he said, GL&PS crews were working to reconfigure transmission lines and "throw switches" that will re-route power through other substations, such as Pioneer Substation, located in Tusculum. He added that crews would work to restore power to residents as quickly as possible.
The power began to return to the affected area about 10 minutes later, at 6:15, with the last of the affected areas restored shortly before 7 p.m.
In the 6:55 p.m. interview, after electricity had apparently been restored to all affected customers, he said that it was still not clear what had caused the outage, but that TVA and the GL&PS were trying to determine that cause.
Please see Tuesday's issue of The Greeneville Sun for additional details.