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March 24, 2023

Free Weather Radios for Program Participation in Fulton County

The American Red Cross, and Fulton County Emergency Management, will be presenting free weather radios for all who participate in an emergency preparedness training. The training session, called “Be Red Cross Ready”, is a national educational curriculum for adults taught by certified presenters. The program is designed to help people

Union City Council Members Approve New VoIP Phone System

Union City Council members have approved a new phone system for the government and its agencies. Fire Chief Karl Ullrich made a presentation at this weeks meeting, saying the change was much needed.(AUDIO)   Chief Ullrich, and Mayor Terry Hailey, explained the features provided with the new system.(AUDIO)   HisCall

Sex Offender Arrested After Going to Paducah Church Containing Day

A man released to a halfway house in Paducah has been arrested for violating his parole, and for failing to comply with the sex offender registry. Paducah police say 44 year old Adam Hicks was taken into custody, after he was found at a church that has a daycare. Reports

West Tennessee Ford plant could make 500,000 electric pickups per

STANTON, Tenn. (AP) — A new Ford assembly plant being built in West Tennessee will be able to build up to 500,000 electric pickup trucks per year at full production, the company said Friday. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker announced in September of 2021 that it would build the plant and

TWRA Searching for Missing Boater on Tennessee River

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency responded Thursday evening to a call of an unoccupied boat circling on the Tennessee River. Reports said the 16-foot jon boat was located without any occupants near mile marker 204 around 6:30. Upon arrival, TWRA officers rescued a 56-year-old man from the bank, but a

Flood Warning Issued for Obion River Near Obion

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Obion River near Obion. The warning is in effect from this evening until further notice. Forecasters say the river stage this morning was at 24-feet, which will increase above flood stage of 34-feet late this evening. Reports indicate the

US 60/62 bridge over the Mississippi River closed to all

The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists traveling in the Cairo area that the US 60/62 bridge over the Mississippi River will be closed to all traffic. Critical issues were discovered during the Routine Inspection that started March 13, 2023. The bridge will remain closed until a

Weakley among counties eligible for disaster home repair

Weakley County is among seven Tennessee counties eligible for funding to help residents repair homes damaged by severe winter storms, severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes in 2022. The supplemental disaster funding is available through the Rural Disaster Home Repair Grant Program and people may apply to receive up to

Triple Threat Weather Day for Ken-Tenn Area

Today is a Weather Alert Day for the Ken-Tenn area. The National Weather Service says West Tennessee and Western Kentucky could see a triple threat of heavy rainfall, high winds and severe thunderstorms. Currently there is a Flood Watch with rainfall amounts of 2-to-4 inches possible. This watch area includes

Fulton County Government Purchases Property for Multi-Agency Usage

The Fulton County Fiscal Court has made a property purchase, which will house multiple community services. County Judge-Executive Jim Martin said the purchase has been finalized for the former Gibson Electric building in Hickman. Judge Martin told Thunderbolt News that four organizations will now use the building for their operations.

Flood Warning Issued for South Fork of Forked Deer River

The National Weather Service in Memphis has issued a Flood Warning for the following rivers in Tennessee… South Fork of the Forked Deer near Halls. Forecasters say the river is expected to rise to the crest of 9-feet by Saturday evening. For the South Fork Forked Deer River…including Jackson and

Incarcerated women learn about impact of addiction on children

The impact of substance use on children was the focus of a recent program at at the Tennessee Department of Correction Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center (WTRC) in Henning. TDOC, in partnership with the TBI, held an educational session with incarcerated women to discuss the devastating effect of substance use and