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News Director Nicki Cronkright

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THP Working Multiple Vehicle Crash on I-40 Near Jackson


(Tennessee Highway Patrol @THPJackson with Marissa Mahon Facebook photo)

Jackson, Tenn.- Troopers are working a multiple vehicle crash on I-40 at the 120 mile marker. Roads may look wet but as the temperatures are dropping it is freezing into black ice. Drive slow, allow room between you and other vehicles. Do not drive distracted. Focus on driving safely. For highway assistance call *874 (*THP) and a trooper will then be sent to assist you.

Police are Urging Motorists to Stay Off the Roads and Stay Home During Winter Storm


Road Conditions from our studios on India Road in Paris are slick and icy with several wrecks reported throughout Henry and Carroll County. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Winter weather in the form of snow, sleet, and freezing rain has blanketed the area have caused several wrecks throughout the day Friday, but as more snow and wet weather is expected to hit the area road conditions will worsen throughout Friday afternoon.


Road Conditions from our studios on India Road in Paris are slick and icy with several wrecks reported throughout the county. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Roads are very slick and icy on Friday afternoon and Police and Emergency Responders are urging everyone to stay off the roads and stay home.

Winter Storm Causing Slick Road Conditions on Friday


Looking a lot more like winter at the Court House in Downtown Paris on Friday morning as snow continues to fall throughout the day. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Winter weather in the form of snow, sleet, and freezing rain has blanketed the area and caused a few minor issues on Friday morning, but as more snow and wet weather is expected to hit the area road conditions will worsen throughout Friday afternoon.


Poplar Street in Downtown Paris was slick on Friday morning as road conditions are expected to get worse throughout the day on Friday.. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The area remains under a Winter Storm Warning until 6pm Friday with the forecast calling for mostly snow this afternoon. 2-4 inches of snow and sleet are expected in the area. It's advised that if you don't have to be out on the roads, just stay home.


A view of road and weather conditions on the Court Square in Paris on Friday morning. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Mustangs Score a Last Second Three Point Shot at the Buzzer to Defeat the Rebels

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels lost to district and county rivals the Huntingdon Phillies  in Huntingdon on Thursday 55 to 35. Shelby Davis led the Lady Rebels with 11  points. The McKenzie Lady Rebels now go to 10-9 overall on the season and  4-1 in district play and the Phillies are now 14-1 overall on the season and 5-0 in district play.

With only seconds left on the clock, Kaleel Bailey for the Huntingdon Mustangs scored a last second three point shot at the buzzer  to defeat the McKenzie Rebels 43 to 40.

Ben Austin led the Rebels with16 points. The Rebels are now 13-5 overall on the season and  5-1 in district play and the Mustangs are now 10-6 overall on the season and 5-1 in district play.


Several People Cited on Driving Offenses This Past Week

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to reports from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Austin Jones cited Breanna Wadley, age 24 of Booker Street of McKenzie, on Friday, January 5th for driving on a revoked license first offense.

Ptl. Steven Scott cited Terry Lee, age 24 of Apache Way of Clarksville, on Friday, January 5th for driving on a revoked license first offense.  

Sgt. Trey Boucher cited Karen Sexton, age 41 of Elwood Street of McKenzie, on Thursday, January 4th for driving on a revoked license first offense.

Carroll Co. Humane Society Hosting Bingo on Saturday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society will be hosting a Bingo night tomorrow on Saturday, January 13th starting at 6pm at the Carroll Bank and Trust, which is located at 19510 West Main Street in Huntingdon.

Bingo cards are 50 cents per game with a chance to win the grand prize which is a $100 Wal-Mart gift card. Also at the Carroll County Humane Society Bingo Night they will have chips, candy, popcorn, and drinks for $1 each and desserts will cost $2 each.

Whispering Bill Anderson Comes to the Dixie on Sat. Jan. 20th


Huntingdon, Tenn. - Bill Anderson will be performing at the Dixie in Huntingdon on Saturday, January 20th at 2pm with the box office opening 2 hours before showtime. 

Tickets cost $25 each and you can purchase tickets online at www.DixiePac.net or from The Dixie’s Box Office  located at 191 Court Square, Huntingdon, open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm or by calling 731-986-2100.

Bill Anderson will return to The Dixie stage for a memorable afternoon, performing his greatest hits and telling his best stories as a part of The FirstBank “Dixie Live” Series for the 2017-2018 season with Friends of The Dixie as the event sponsor. Miss Tennessee 2017 Caty Davis will be joining Whisperin’ Bill as a Special Guest.

A country music staple, Anderson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, a 56 year member of The Grand Ole Opry, and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Making a lasting mark as both an entertainer and a songwriter, Bill Anderson has had a long and more than just slightly successful career.

"I'm thinking, 'I don't want to get up off of this sofa and go answer that phone. I'm trying to watch this ball game!'" Bill recalls. But aren’t we glad he did!

Miss Tennessee 2017 Caty Davis competed in Miss American in Atlantic City, NJ and placed in the Top 12.

In addition to being an amazing vocalist, Caty serves as Governor Haslam’s Official Spokesperson for Character Education and travels over 80,000 miles speaking to 50,000 school children about Character Education. She also serves as Tennessee’s Goodwill Ambassador for the five Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across the state.

So on Saturday, January 20th, spend an afternoon with “Whispering Bill,” a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry and one of the most popular entertainers of our time.

Rebels Battle Mustangs in District and County Rivalry Game Rescheduled for Thursday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels and Lady Rebels will face the Huntingdon Mustangs and Lady Mustangs in Huntingdon on Thursday, January 11th. The game was originally scheduled to take place on Friday, January 12th, but the game was moved up due to the winter storm warning in effect for Friday.

The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow.You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels battle the Huntingdon Mustangs and Lady Mustangs  right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Winter Storm Watch In Effect From 12am Friday Until 9pm Fri.

Memphis- The National Weather Service has placed portions of Middle and West Tennessee under a Winter Storm Watch from Midnight Friday January 12th until 9pm Friday night.

Many forecast models show rain changing to mixed precipitation late Thursday night and early Friday morning in West Tennessee. There is a possibility of one-tenth to three-tenths of ice accumulation and 2-3 inches of snow and sleet accumulation. In addition, wind gusts could be upwards of 40mph.

Power outages and tree damage is very possible if ice accumulates and travel will become hazardous early Friday morning. Precipitation should end late Friday but much colder weather will be ushered in behind the front and persist into at least the middle of next week.

Clarksville Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest After Routine Traffic Stop

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Austin Jones arrested Kenneth Lyle, age 59 of Copeland Road of Clarksville, on Saturday, January 6th for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Ptl. Jones was patrolling when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, so he conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle. Ptl. Jones spoke to driver identified as Lyle who was unable to show police proof of insurance. So Ptl. Jones wrote Lyle a citation for lack of financial responsibility and Lyle’s vehicle was to be towed.

Lyle then became upset and when he spoke to Ptl. Jones, he could smell alcohol coming from Lyle. Lyle was able to do decent on field sobriety tests, so Lyle was not charged with DUI. However Lyle became aggressive and defiant, so Ptl. Jones arrested Lyle for the following offense. Lyle was placed on $750 bond.

History of Carroll County Guitar Men II Set for January 23rd

McKenzie, Tenn.- "The History of Carroll County -- Guitar Men II" will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd at 6pm at the Park Theatre, which is located at 2312 Cedar Street in McKenzie.

This forum will be a continuation from the first "Guitar Men" show presented in November 2017. Notable musicians Glyn Jones, Don Page, Sammy Butler, Dale and Leslie Cooper will be at the event. Admission to the event cost $5 per person and  proceeds from the event will go to fund McKenzie's Neighborhood Crime Watch Groups.


McKenzie Takes on District Rivals Huntingdon on Jan. 12th

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The McKenzie  Rebels and Lady Rebels will face the Huntingdon Mustangs and Lady Mustangs in Huntingdon on Friday, January 12th.

The pregame show will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow.You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels battle the Huntingdon Mustangs and Lady Mustangs  right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Mayor Kelley Gives State of City Address About Accomplishments in 2017 and Future Projects for 2018


Mayor Dale Kelley gives his 2018 State of the City Address to the Huntingdon Town Council at Tuesday's meeting. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- At Huntingdon’s Town Council metting on Tuesday, Mayor Dale Kelley gave his 2018 State of the City Address. Mayor Kelley said, “As we look forward to the New Year and the projects that lie ahead, it seems appropriate to reflect on the accomplishments in 2017.”

In 2017 the Town of Huntingdon had several accomplishes like the purchase of the Broady  property on Main Street for the Historical Museum. The completion  of  the  Community  Development  Block  Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $327,600  for sewer line extension and the installation of grinder pumps on Highway 22 North and Northwood Drive.

Granges Americas, Inc. announced a $110 Million expansion at theHuntingdon plant. Preferred  Compounding  had  an expansion of an additional production line creating 15 new jobs.

The  Dixie  began its 13th season  with  several  sold  out  shows including performances by Sara Evans, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. Successful community events in 2017 include the 25th Annual Heritage Festival, 2nd  Annual Community Trunk or Treat on the Court Square, and Main Street Christmas, Tree Lighting, and Christmas Parade.

Mayor Kelley said, “Obtaining grant funds make many things possible for our community that we would not be able to do otherwise.”

Projects on the horizon for 2018 include the  completion of the renovation  of  the Huntingdon  Historical Museum. The completion of the Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant project for the expansion of Kelley Sports Complex Phase II. The  continuation  of  the  2015  and  2016  Safe Routes  to  School grants for the continuation of sidewalks in the Middle School area.

Also in 2018 the  completion  of  the  Clean  TN  Energy  Grant  along  with  the USDA Rural Development District funding for Water Treatment Plant Energy Efficiency Improvements, applying for 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant for improvements to the sewer system and working with West TN River Basin to repair culverts to assist with flooding issues.

Huntingdon Beer Board Approve New Beer Permit

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Beer Board met Tuesday night where the board approved a permit for Pravinbhai Patel of Sparsh Inc., which will be opening up at the old market located at 19015 West Main Street in  Huntingdon to sell beer at retail for off premise consumption.

HTC Approve Use of Veteran's Park for Morgan Fuller 5K Race on March 3rd

Huntingdon Town Council discussing Tuesday's agenda. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Town Council met Tuesday night where the council approved that the Fuller Strong Foundation can use Veteran’s Park for the Morgan Fuller 5K Race that is set for March 3rd.

The race is an event to honor Morgan Fuller by doing a 5K on her birthday March 3rd starting and ending at Veteran's Park. Registration will start at 7:30am on the day of the race with the race beginning at 8am.

The Morgan Fuller 5K Race route will go down Northwood Drive through  the Green Acre Subdivision and back up to Veteran's Park. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fuller Strong Foundation.  If you have any questions you can call Patsy Myers at 731-225-1205.

McKenzie Man Charged With Possession and Two Other Men Arrested on Driving Related Offenses

McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman charged Dion Teague, age 34 of Elm Street of McKenzie, on Sunday for public intoxication and simple possession of a schedule VI substance, for 2.2 grams of marijuana.

  

In other reports, Officer Mark Boaz arrested Stanavia Wilson, age 28 of Golf Road of McKenzie, on Saturday for his third driving on a revoked license offense. Wilson was placed on $750 bond.

Officer Cody Coleman arrested Stanley Jones, age 33 of Beech Street of Clarksville, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license second offense. Jones was placed on $500 bond for the driving offense. Jones was placed on hold by Montgomery County for warrants they had on him for failure to appear on a driving on a revoked license offense and violation of probation.

McKenzie Fire Department Extinguishes Car Fire and Recycling Fire on Saturday


McKenzie Fire Department photo

McKenzie, Tenn.- On Saturday, January 6th, the McKenzie Fire Department responded two fires where one destroyed an SUV and  another small fire was at Dale’s Recycling in McKenzie.

The McKenzie Fire Department received a call at 6:42am on Saturday about a vehicle on fire at 1122 Clear Lake Road. When firefighters arrived on the scene the SUV parked in the driveway was engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but the cause of the fire is still undetermined.

McKenzie Fire Department photo

The McKenzie Fire Department also received a call shortly before 10:30am at Dale’s Recycling on West Euclid Avenue when a pile of scrap wood and cardboard caught fire and began to spread.  Firefighters were also able to extinguish the fire.

Deadline to Register for Spring 2018 Classes at Bethel is Jan. 12th

McKenzie, Tenn.- Traditional classes for Bethel University’s Spring 2018 semester began on Monday, January  8th, but interested individuals can still enroll for the Spring 2018 semester through this Friday, January 12th.

“If you’ve been thinking about getting enrolled in college coursework and you are not sure what avenue will work best for you, I highly recommend that you reach out to us so that we can help determine your best option,” said John Norwood, Director of Recruitment and Admissions. “We can enroll students for the traditional semester through this Friday, January 12th. The best thing to do is to call as soon as possible so we can determine the next step for you.”          

Norwood said interested individuals can call 1-844-BETHEL1 or 731-352-4030, or they can send an email inquiry to admissions@bethelu.edu.

Rebels and Lady Rebels Get Road Victories Over Camden

Camden, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the Camden Lady Lions in Camden on Monday 61 to 44. Jacey Davis and Shelby Davis led the Lady Rebels with  13 points each. The McKenzie Lady Rebels now go to 10-8 overall on the season and 4-0 in district play.

The McKenzie Rebels defeated the Camden Lions in Camden on Monday 65 to 51. Ben Austin led the Rebels with 20 points. The Rebels are now 12-4 overall on the season and 4-0 in district play.

The McKenzie  Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on district and county rivals the Huntingdon Mustangs and Phillies  in Huntingdon on Friday, January 12th.  The pregame show on WHDM will begin at 5:45pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow. You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742.

Rebels and Lady Rebels Battle Camden on Monday Beginning at 4:30pm

Camden, Tenn.- The McKenzie  Rebels and Lady Rebels will take on the Camden Lions and Lady Lions in Camden on Monday, January 8th.The pregame show on WHDM will begin at 4:15pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 4:30pm with the boys game to follow.

You can listen to the Rebels and Lady Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com or by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.

Huntingdon Police Arrest Two People for Drug Possession


The photo shows the drugs and paraphernalia seized during the arrest. (Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers photos)

Huntingdon, Tenn.- On Friday, December 29th, Drug Investigator Joey Hedge of the Huntingdon Police Department received information that drugs were being sold at 154 Drew Court in Huntingdon. Investigator Hedge also received information that a person who was staying at the residence was not allowed in the housing project because he had felony drug convictions on his record.

Investigator Hedge along with Officers Cody Walker and Michael Sevarns went to the residence and advised the individual with the felony drug history to leave and not come back to the housing project.

The person renting the apartment, Arthur Wesley Campbell, gave officers permission to search the residence. Inside the residence officers found a bag containing approximately 13 grams of methamphetamine, two syringes, two small bags of marijuana, two xanax bars and digital scales.

Brittany Trevathan, who was also at the residence, gave police consent to search her purse. When Officers searched Trevathan’s purse  they found a small bag of marijuana and a used syringe. Campbell was charged with felony possession of Schedule II drugs with intent to resell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Trevathan was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

FAFSA Frenzy Week is Jan. 8th to Jan. 12th

Carroll County, Tenn.- Have you filed the 2018-2019 FAFSA yet? This week Monday, January 8th through Friday, January 12th is FAFSA Frenzy Week.

Now is the time for high school students in Carroll County to find out what dates your high school are hosting a FAFSA nights to get some help with your FAFSA. The deadline to complete your FAFSA for the 2018-2019 school year will be Thursday, January 18th.

THP Release Details on Wreck that Injured a HCMC Paramedic


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, on Friday at 6:40pm a Henry County Medical Center Ambulance and a tractor trailer collided near the entrance of Kenny’s Meat Market.

The 2017 Ford ambulance driven by Kelly Coleman, age 26 of Atwood, was traveling on Hwy 79 South in Lane #1. The1993 International Tractor driven by John Nanney, age 74 of Paris, had just pulled out of a business and was  traveling south in the same lane, getting up to speed.The ambulance struck the rear of the truck and both vehicles came to rest in the median.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paramedic, Wesley Profitt, age 52 of McEwen, was in the back of the ambulance with the patient when he was injured in the wreck. Profitt was treated for several hours in the emergency room at Vanderbilt until being admitted to the trauma unit early on Saturday morning.

Coleman and Nanney sustained minor injuries from the wreck. The patient in the ambulance was then transported by McKenzie EMS and the patient is reportedly doing fine.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Paris-HC Rescue Squad and Paris Fire units were called to the scene.

Venue at Waddell is Hosting the White Winter Gala on Saturday


McKenzie, Tenn.- The Venue at Waddell is hosting the White Winter Gala on Saturday, January 13th at 6pm at 894 Joy Sparks Road in McKenzie. The event is catered by Me and My Tea Room. There will be a silent auction and a live band. The event is sold out. All of the proceeds will benefit the LeBonheur Children’s Hospital. For additional info, contact Keisha Norwood, Wedding and Event Planner, at 731-223-9761.

McKenzie Remains Undefeated in District Action After Wins Over Bruceton

McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels defeated the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Lady Tigers at home in district action on Friday 58 to 29. Jacey Davis led the Lady Rebels with 17 points. The McKenzie Lady Rebels now go to 9-8 overall on the season and 4-0 in district play.

The McKenzie Rebels defeated the Hollow Rock- Bruceton Tigers at home on Friday night 70 to 32. Lucas King led the Rebels with 18 points. The Rebels are now 11-4 overall on the season and 4-0 in district play.

Tickets for the Heather Land "I Ain't Doing It Show" in McKenzie Are on Sale Now


McKenzie, Tenn.- Tickets for the Heather Land “I Ain’t Doing it Show” are on sale now. The show will be held on Thursday, February 8th at 9pm at the Park Theater, located at 2312 Cedar Street in downtown McKenzie. The 7pm performance is currently sold out so tickets are only available for the 9pm performance.

Tickets for the show cost $20 each and you can purchase tickets by going to the eventbrite website and following the link. You can also find more  information on the Park Theatre’s Facebook page.

Heather Land’s "I Ain't Doin It" has a knack for finding the funny out of the frustrating. Leaving no stone (or people) left unturned, she hilariously unravels everyday events that causes us to laugh not only at each other, but more often than not, ourselves. From ex-husbands to failed diets, her ability to deliver consistent comedy in a self-deprecating style has made her adored by millions of people of all ages. So get your tickets now before the show’s sold out.

THP Releases Report on Wreck That Injured a Paris Police Officer on Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Paris Police Ptl. Jacob Howington was seriously injured in an accident involving Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Garrett Flanney late on New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31st.

Ptl. Howington and Trooper Flannery were traveling north on US HWY 79 North near Volunteer Drive in Paris, when Ptl. Howington began to make a u turn to pursue a traffic violator. As Ptl. Howington’s vehicle crossed into Trooper Flanney’s travel lane, Trooper Flannery’s vehicle struck Ptl. Howington’s vehicle in the driver’s side door. 

Ptl. Howington was transported to the Henry County Medical Center, then to Vanderbilt for serious injuries he sustained in the accident. Trooper Flannery was treated and released at the Henry County Medical Center.

Marty Stuart's Pilgrims, Sinners, Saints and Prophets Exhibit Open at the Dixie Ballroom


Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie is proud to announce that they are featuring Marty Stuart's photo exhibit "Pilgrims, Sinners, Saints, and Prophets" in The Dixie's Ballroom Gallery now through Wednesday, February 28th.

In addition to his fame as a country music artist, Marty's work as a photographer and documentarian has created an additional cultural respect for Stuart. Inspired by his professional photographer mother, Hilda Stuart, Marty took his first photograph at the age of 11 at the Choctaw Indian Fair in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. The photo was of the performing artist Connie Smith, who is now his wife.

"Pilgrims, Sinners, Saints, and Prophets" is a 26 piece collection of country music icons Stuart has been privileged to call friends including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Roy Acuff. This particular collection has only been exhibited on one other occasion. Artwork is provided by The Arts Company in Nashville.

The Dixie Ballroom Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. You can also call the Box Office at 731-986-2100 for weekend hours and to schedule a group tour.

Frozen Pipes Prevention Tips Released for the Winter Season

Carroll County, Tenn.- With the winter season here comes possibility of frozen water pipes.

Here are helpful hints as you think of preventing frozen water pipes in your home: make sure the foundation to your house or mobile home is air-tight and that foundation vents are closed, disconnect garden hoses, leave a small stream of hot and cold water running from an inside faucet (when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit) and make sure you and your family know the location of your home’s water shut-off valve.

 If a pipe bursts, shutting off the water promptly can help minimize damage. These extra precautions will far outweigh the inconvenience of frozen pipes and the cost of having burst pipes repaired. 


Fire Safety Tips to Use During the Winter and Year Round Released

Huntingdon, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Huntingdon Fire Deparment, Steven Cross,MTAS Fire Management Consultant, released an article addressing fire safety during the cold months of the year. Being in the last quarter of the year we are reminded that these months of the year can be some of the most dangerous for fire risk in our homes and businesses.

Statistics prove that people are most vunerable to these risk, often where we feel the safest - in our homes. By being proactive and taking the necessary precautions, we can help ensure family members and coworkers are safe in their homes and places of business.The NFPA theme for the recent National Fire Prevention Week was "Every second counts: Plan two ways out!"

Referring to the "Home Fire Timeline" in modern residential home fires, the NFPA estimates that people have between three to five minutes to evacuate the home before "flashover" occurs. Flashover is when all flammable materials in the room reach a temperature to ignite simultaneously. What this means is, if you do not get out before flashover occurs, You Do Not Survive!

 Time is one of worst enemies when a fire breaks out in a home or workplace. Occupants have to be alerted and evacuated before that three-minute window closes to have any chance of survival. With properly working and spaced smoke alarms, the fire should be detected within one to one and a half minutes. If no sprinkler system is present, then occupants only have a one-and-a- half to two minutes to evacuate before flashover. Survival is dependent on this very tight timeline.

The very best way to survive a fire is to prevent it from happening to begin with. Some items to consider:

-  Inspect for improper use and location of extension cords. Never use extension cords for heaters, air conditioners, refrigerators, and/or other appliances. Never run an extension cord under rug/carpets.

-   When cooking , always stand near the cooking appliance and be attentive. Keep the pan handle turned toward the back of the appliance and the lid. Keep baking soda nearby.

-  Never allow anyone to smoke in your home or workplace.

-  Give space heates their space. Always keep at least 3 feet between heaters and combustible items such as but not limited to curtains, sofa, chairs, etc.

 Survival tips for improving your chances of surviving if a fire should break out.

- Evacuate: As soon as a fire ia reported, evacuate the home/building and go to your predetermined meeting place. NEVER re-enter the building/home, YOU WILL NOT SURVIVE!!

- Working Smoke Alarms: We need a working smoke alarm in each bedroom and in the area outside the bedroom(s). Smoke alarms should be tested and maintined per manufacturers recommendations and the entire unit replace every 10 years. For new smoke alarms, contact you local fire department for assistance. All fire departments in Tennessee have access to free smoke alarms through the state's "Get Alarmed" program.

- Close the Door: Always sleep with your bedroom door closed. The practice may buy you more time by reducing the spread of smoke and toxic gasses. If you are in the room where the fire starts, close the door on your way out to maybe buy yourself and other people in the structure more time to escape.

EDITH-Exit Drill In The Home; Preplan two ways out of every room in your home or workplace. Your first exit path should be the way you normally enter the room. Your alternate route may be out a window. Have a predetermined meeting place outside to meet. Teach everyone the plan and practice regularly with everyone in the home or workplace.

In conclusion, being proactive and elimination the common causes of fire breaking out, you reduce the risks associated with having a fire. Along with these preventions efforts be prepared to take action if a fire does break out. With everyone involved, all will benefit from being prepared and have a much greater chance to survive.

If you have questions or want further information, contact your local fire department  or access the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office website at https://tn.gov/commerce/section/fire-prevention.

 

 


 

 

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