I'm thinking East TN will be on the north side of the worst stuff which should be in AL/GA. But even there this isn't anything really that unusual, No major outbreak or anything, just the first of the year. Run of the mill Spring storm.
Its probably getting a little more attention than it deserves since its the first of the year. However, we have had deaths(I don't mean to downplay the severity of the storms) already, so if storms hit your area...its bad enough.