8:49 a.m. (Central Time): VEC Crews are repairing a broken pole and crossarm along a 6.4-mile section of 69 kV transmission line in south Cumberland County that caused about 9,000 VEC customers to lose power early Monday morning.

Power has been restored to about 7,000 customers. Repairs that remain to be completed are expected to take about two hours. Areas that remain without power include Crab Orchard, Grassy Cove, Alloway and the Highway 68 area.

Earlier Monday morning about 9,000 VEC customers were without power 

The 6.4-mile section of line runs between Highway 68 just south of the Homestead community and VEC's Crossville Substation at 1499 Highway 70 East. VEC crews are working to isolate the problem on the cross-country section of the line.

The failure occurred at 3:12 a.m. Monday.

Affected communities include Vandever, Midway, Lake Tansai, Crab Orchard, Ozone, Grassy Cove, Alloway, and Homestead.

"We apologize for the inconvenience this outage is causing," said VEC Vice President of Operations Clyde Jolley. "We believe we have the problem isolated to a small section of this line and we will restore service as quickly as possible.