Early voting now available at 21 satellite locations
The 21 satellite early voting locations across Shelby County opened Monday, and voting continues at the downtown location, which opened Friday. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays. Saturday polls close at 4 p.m., and all locations are closed on Sunday. Early voting continues through July 30. For a complete list of early voting locations, visit shelbyvote.com.
Heat wave will make rolling blackouts likely
This week’s forecasted extreme temperatures increase the likelihood of rolling blackouts for Arlington, Lakeland and surrounding areas affected by the lost of service from MLGW Substation 68.
An MLGW spokesman said the measure may be necessary during the peak hours of 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to balance the power load and protect the electric distribution system from damage.
An explosion and fire on July 11 took out the substation, nd MLGW has been working around the clock to get the facility up and running again.
Rolling blackouts are unprecedented in recent MLGW history but may be needed until Substation 68 returns to service on or before Aug. 8. If needed, blackouts, lasting about 4 hours, would rotate between sections — not entire cities —in order to balance power loads during peak hours.
See bit.ly/MLGW-map to view the map of affected areas and get energy-saving recommendations.