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Ten people are dead, 80 have been injured, and countless more have lost property in the wildfires that burned more than 17,000 acres in East Tennessee.
To help those victims, Governor Bill Haslam issued an executive order designed to make it easier for those victims to get access to important health care services.
Area leaders updated the public Thursday afternoon on the recovery and fire containment efforts happening in Gatlinburg and Sevier County.
Certified fire investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have joined in the investigation to determine the source of the fires.
County and city officials said they are working to complete search operations to find any missing people or bodies.
City leaders said they hope to have major roadways open by Monday. Their goal is to allow property owners to access their properties in a controlled manner next week.
The annual McMinnville Christmas Parade will be held Saturday afternoon. The parade will assemble in the Civic Center parking lot and will make its way through downtown McMinnville, beginning at 2:30pm.
Immediately following the parade, a tree-lighting ceremony will be held on the grassy lot on Court Square. Mayor Jimmy Haley and Parade Grand Marshal Lester Strode will flip the switch to light the tree.
Police are reminding motorists that there is to be no parking on Main Street during the parade.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Crime Unit, along with authorities in Sequatchie County, have charged 24-year-old Dakota Ashton Tucker of Monteagle for deliberately setting a fire that burned 65 acres.
Tucker is charged with setting fire to personal property or land for the fire that occurred November 14 near Sunshine Road in Sequatchie County. He is currently being held in the Grundy County jail. Additional charges against Tucker are pending.
Setting fire to personal property or land is a Class E felony. Conviction carries a sentence of 1 to 6 years incarceration and up to $3,000 in fines.
World Champion Chicago Cubs Bullpen Coach Lester Strode will be signing autographs Friday night to help raise funds for the Young Men United Organization. Strode is a Warren County native and played high school baseball at Warren County Senior High.
He will be autographing items Friday night from 6pm-8pm at the WCHS Softball Complex.
Strode is in town visiting relatives and will also be the Grand Marshal at Saturday's McMinnville Christmas Parade.
Three people were rescued Wednesday afternoon in the Sevier County wildfire as the death toll climbed to seven.
Officials confirmed the latest deaths in a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Three other deaths were reported on Tuesday. None of the victims’ identities have been released at this time.
Two of the three adults rescued Wednesday were found at the Westgate Resort, while the third was located on Ski Mountain. Those three have since been evaluated and released.
At least 53 other injuries have been reported over the last few days. Most of those people have since been treated and released, officials said.