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ORT: Small pole stops big tree, saves home

According to our partners at Oak Ridge Today, a small utility pole kept a large, leaning oak tree, estimated to weigh about 10 tons, from falling on a home on Manhattan Avenue, next to Woodland Elementary School, on Thursday morning.

The tree was estimated to be about 75 years old, and it pulled up its roots when it started falling—before being stopped by the utility pole.

Emergency crews said they hadn’t seen anything like it before. Visit www.oakridgetoday.com for pictures of this unique situation.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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