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- Woman killed in Etowah fire
- EMA prepares for drill
- Gas prices on the rise
Woman killed in Etowah fire
Fire officials said a 54-year-old Etowah County
woman was killed in a Sunday morning fire at a home on Paden Road.
According to Etowah County Coroner Michael Gladden, Kathy Chestnut,
was pronounced dead on the scene at 7:10 a.m. Sunday morning.
Firefighters received the initial fire call from a person on a cell
phone around 6:25 a.m. the house was fully involved when firefighters
arrived on the scene. Officials said cause of the fire was unclear
and the investigation is ongoing. Investigators say it's possible the
fire was caused by electrical issues or from several lanterns
positioned in various locations throughout the dwelling.
EMA prepares for drill
Emergency Management Agency officials in six
counties are getting ready for Wednesday's yearly chemical stockpile
The exercise, in cooperation with the Anniston
Army Depot, allows authorities to simulate what might happen in the
event of a release of materials from chemical weapons. Authorities
don't know ahead of time what to expect. The scenario could be
anything from a rocket attack on the chemical weapons storage area to
an earthquake that releases nerve agents.
Calhoun, Etowah, St. Clair, Cleburne, Clay and
Talladega counties officials will take part. Authorities have been
conducting simulations annually for more than 10 years. St. Clair EMA
conducts its own drills and self-evaluations during the year, but this
week's will be monitored by state and federal authorities.
Residents in the counties will not notice
anything other than a little increased scanner traffic, with messages
reminding those listening that they're hearing an exercise. All of
the involved agencies will be graded by officials from the Department
of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and
Officials also urge residents to review their own
family emergency plans. For more information, for information you can
contact your local emergency management agency.
Gas prices on the rise
As you have noticed, Gasoline prices have begun their annual spring
escalation early this year, but federal energy officials say the cost
per gallon will not be as high this summer as last summer.
On Friday, a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline
in Alabama averaged $2.40, compared with $2.26 on the same date a year
ago and $2.07 on Feb. 9. Although the price per gallon in California
is more than $3, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates average
monthly prices will increase through June and peak at $2.67 per gallon
Clay Ingram of AAA-Alabama says that Demand is
driving pump prices up. March is spring break month for many school
systems, and vacationers increase the demand for gasoline. It's also
the month some refineries shut down to retool equipment and get ready
to produce their summer blends of gasoline.
According to AAA Prices in Alabama rose about 34
cents a gallon during February. Ingram urged motorists to compare
prices before buying gasoline.
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