Linville made his comments at the opening of the "Committee of the Whole" meeting at the courthouse.
“I want to commend and thank all of our first responders – the emergency management personnel, all rescue squads, EMS, the highway department employees, the Sheriff’s Department personnel, the Lafayette and Red Boiling Springs police departments, the fire departments and any and all volunteers who offered their services during this past weekend,” Linville said. “This county is blessed with good people who once again rose to the occasion and proved by their actions that they truly care about their fellow man.
“I want to thank all of them for what they did and what they’re doing, and for the superb job all of them did this past weekend.”
During the day Monday, Linville said he had been in contact with Gov. Phil Bredesen’s office, talked with state Sen. Mae Beavers three times, spoke with state Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, state Rep. Susan Lynn, state Sen. Diane Black and received a call from Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office.
“I feel sure that Middle Tennessee will surely be declared a disaster area,” Linville told commissioners. “I wanted to make sure that Macon County was on that list. I noticed late this afternoon that Gov. Bredesen signed papers requesting federal disaster aid assistance. Macon County is on that list. By doing that, he also is requesting assistance – and I’ve had a few people call me today to ask me this question – but he has also requested assistance for non-insured individual losses. In other words, individuals who didn’t have flood insurance.
“This has got to go through the channels and it’s got to be approved. If it’s approved, then the businesses would also be available for loans through the Small Business Administration.”
Linville said he was told late Monday afternoon that instead of waiting for full assessment of damages, state officials were going to attempt to “fast track these funds through and hopefully that will be the case.”