June 27, 2007 Edition

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Grandparents' Corner

Will Tacker (from left), eight, Sophie Tacker, 11 months, Holt Spades, two, Abby Jane Spades, three, and Gracie Spades, five, are the grandchildren of Seb and Rose Spades of Walnut Ridge.

Will and Sophie are the children of Jeff and Shannon Tacker of Southaven, Miss.; Holt and Gracie are the children of Joe and Megan Spades of Jonesboro; and Abby Jane is the daughter of Billy and Janea Spades of Jonesboro.

C.E.R.T. asset
to county

After seeing Lawrence County C.E.R.T., Community Emergency Response Team, in action Thursday night, I was motivated. Right then, I wanted to call everyone I know and tell them what a great asset this team is to our county.

I was impressed with the level of organization I saw last fall when I followed firemen from across the county during the disaster drill at Black Rock.

A command center was set up at the Black Rock Fire Station. When firemen began arriving to assist with disaster 'victims,' they signed in, so someone would know who was on the scene. The various groups worked with efficiency and professionalism, though this was just a drill. There was already talk of putting together a C.E.R.T. Team at this time.

After the tornados hit Marmaduke, and firemen from Lawrence County went to assist, it was decided that a team of specialists was needed. This way, one fire department would never have all of its members out at once.

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