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The National Weather Service has issued the following Winter Weather Advisory for the region from 3:00 a.m., Sunday to 3:00 a.m., CST, Monday:* AREAS OF LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN
MOVING SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE REGION. TOWARD SUNRISE A MIXTURE OF
FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET IS POSSIBLE MAINLY OVER THE WESTERN
PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI. SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE
THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS OVER THE NORTHEAST TWO THIRDS OF THE
QUAD STATE WHILE THE MIXTURE OF FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL
MIGRATE FARTHER EAST INTO FAR WESTERN KENTUCKY. SNOWFALL WILL BEGIN TO SLOWLY TAPER OFF FROM WEST TO EAST IN THE AFTERNOON BUT
THE FREEZING RAIN/SLEET MIXTURE WILL PUSH FARTHER EAST. SUNDAY
NIGHT A RAIN/FREEZING RAIN MIXTURE OVER THE ENTIRE AREA SHOULD
TRANSITION TO ALL RAIN EXCEPT OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST INDIANA.
* MAIN IMPACT: SNOWFALL TOTALS SHOULD TOP OUT IN THE 2 TO 3 INCH
RANGE OVER SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS AND SOUTHWEST INDIANA…THEN
TAPER OFF TO A HALF INCH OR LESS OVER FAR SOUTHEAST MISSOURI.
ICE ACCUMULATIONS SHOULD BE LIGHT AND GENERALLY LIMITED TO THE
SOUTHWEST HALF OF THE QUAD STATE REGION. AFTER ANOTHER COLD
NIGHT TONIGHT…ALL PRECIPITATION SHOULD IMMEDIATELY BEGIN TO
STICK…ESPECIALLY ON ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS BRIDGES AND
OVERPASSES. THIS WILL LIKELY MAKE TRAVEL ON SUNDAY HAZARDOUS.
* OTHER IMPACTS: THIS WILL LIKELY MAKE TRAVEL ON SUNDAY
HAZARDOUS…THEREFORE MOTORISTS SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND ALLOW
EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION. PUT EXTRA DRIVING SPACE
BETWEEN YOUR VEHICLE AND THE VEHICLE AHEAD OF YOU.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
Motorists are advised to carefully monitor area news media and the National Weather Service for updates as the storm moves through.
Republicans are out voting Democrats in early voting in Weakley County. Administrator of Elections Alex Britt reported 190 Repubulicans have voted early while 105 Democrats have cast their ballots.
The Weakley County Ellection Commission will be open Monday until 12 noon to accomodate early voting.
An unoccupied mobile home was destroyed Saturday morning at 11:15 in the Harper Mobile Home Park on Highway 45 just north of Martin.
Assistant Fire Chief Todd Prince said when fire fighters arrived on the scene the mobile home was fully engulfed. Fire fighters from Dresden were called to assist.
Prince told Thunderbolt Radio news a thorough search of the premisis confirmed no one was inside.
Owner Doris Harper said the 12 by 50 foot unit had been unoccupied for about twelve years.
The TBI, Tennessee Department of Health, and Tennessee Department of Safey and Homeland Security are warning the public about an increase in counterfiet prescription drugs in Tennessee.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn says agents are discovering pills being sold on the street as Percocet are actually fake, but with very dangerous consequences, and that, more and more, agents are seeing drugs being made in clandestine (clan-destin) labs that contain fentanyl, a pain killer 50 times as potent as heroin that can be deadly in high doses.
Gwyn says it’s abundantly clear that it’s a life-threatening danger.
According to Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons, drug dealers are preying on citizens of the state who have drug addictions, and that fake pills containing fentanyl are a new, deadly twist to the drug challenge they face.
State Director Bobby Goode said the funds will help assist a project totaling $15,500, for the purchase of various marketing materials and website upgrades.
Goode said the project will help generate tourism revenue, attract new business and create long term job opportunities.
Police reports said 23 year old Joshua Hutchens, of Home Street, initially came to the shelter to get his dog, but only had $10 of the $39 fee he owed.
Reports said Hutchens called the animal control officer about one hour later, saying he was again at the shelter.
When arriving at the scene, officer Amanda Hayslett said Hutchens was gone and the dog had been stolen.
Police later arrested Hutchens at his home on charges of burglary, with the dog recovered at the residence.
On the morning of January 15th, an Obion County woman was traveling South on U.S. Highway 51, near the Obion exit, when her car was approached by a white vehicle with flashing blue lights.
Reports said the victim pulled to the side of the roadway, and took out her drivers license.
It was then that a man she presumed to be a police officer, came to her vehicle and began cursing, and demanding money.
The man then struck the woman in the face, before taking her wallet and a ring.
He then returned to his car and fled the scene.
The wanted individual is a white male, approximately six-feet tall with broad shoulders.
His description also included a very light complexion, with very pronounced cheek bones.
At the time of the attack, he was wearing a pencil thin beard around the jaw line, along with a full mustache and goatee.
The victim said the man may have had a birthmark or mole on the right side of his face that was partially hidden by the beard.
If anyone has any information concerning the wanted suspect, or about the case, they are urged to contact the Obion County Sheriff’s Department, or they can call the Crimestoppers Tip-Line at 885-TIPS, where they can be eligible to receive an award of up to $1,000.
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson says Weakley County has received a clean audit report.
Wilson says the report is a significant achievement by Weakley County government leaders and elected officials.
Weakley County government has come very close to having a clean audit for several years. For the past two fiscal years, the county has had only one finding on its audit reports and that leaders have made a commitment to identify and reduce risk through a strong system of internal controls.
Wilson says Weakley County’s audit report is as good as it gets and says he applauds everyone in Weakley County government who has worked hard to have one of the strongest systems of county government in the state.
The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office audits 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Last year only two of the 89 counties (Hamblen and Robertson) received clean audit reports.
Weakley County joins Sullivan County, Blount County and Tipton County as the only counties who have received clean reports in fiscal year 2015, so far.