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The Shelby County Commissioners approved some budget adjestments involving the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and considered some pharmaceutical changes for the jail during their meeting held June 8, 2022.

Clint Porterfield, Shelby County Auditor, presented the current budget line-item transfers needed on the budget for house keeping purposes. 

"We are moving budget from what's the current budget, it's all in fixed assets where we're now moving some budget money money in that section right there to account for current court actions we just took within the last two weeks," said Porterfield.

The actions he referenced included the Hazard Mitigation Plan, Adult Probation Building, and remodeling the Historic Courthouse Annex Building out of the CRF.

"So this is basically just moving money to set up a line-item budget for those items just approved currently by the court," said Porterfield. "The rest of it is Road and Bridge, and again we've been doing this for several months now just making some line-item transfers to make the budget current and adjusting the gravel accounts."

In addition to the line-item transfers, Porterfield provided the commissioners with an expenditure detail of the CRF.

At the time of the meeting, the fund balance remaining of the $905,833.19 was $152,597.43.

Judge Allison Harbison clarified with Porterfield, monies received from the other municipal entities in the county would be placed in the CRF. Money also received from the insurance company on the Sheriff's Department Tahoe which was recently totaled will be put into the CRF.

A motion carried to make the budget amendments.

Don Moore, Shelby County Jail Administrator, addressed the court about a potential agreement for  pharmaceutical services between Independent Health Services, Inc. d/b/a IHS Pharmacy and Shelby County for medication and pharmacy services to the jail.

Moore informed the court they are using Correct RX for pharmaceuticals which they received in blister packs in 90-day supply.

"We have continuous mistakes by the jailers," said Moore. "To alleviate this we've talked to the pharmaceutical company."

Moore described the medications coming in a box with an inmate's name on it and all medications the inmate may take in one package for a specific dose.

"There's no more pulling individual blister packs and getting the medicine, it'll all be in one little package," said Moore. "The purpose of this is to cut down on mistakes made by the jailers. We go through jailers pretty regular."

Moore elaborated on the difficulty of trying to keep jailers trained and up to date as new jailers are hired.

"The blister packs, if the doctor changes the medicine and they don't go back into the medical file and look, they just give what's on that blister pack, well she's added a medicine and it would all be in these packages," said Moore.

According to Moore, the new service would provide a 14-day supply that renews automatically every 14 days, and the service would be dealing directly with the jail doctor and not speaking with jailers who aren't trained to deal with such information.

"Really, it's just to cut down on the liability of mistakes in the jail, because it could be a serious health issue," said Moore.

Moore said there isn't any additional cost, the medicines will mostly be the same, and the main difference is packaging.

A motion carried to approve the Agreement to Provide Pharmaceutical Services between Independent Health Services, Inc. d/b/a IHS Pharmacy and Shelby County for medication and pharmacy services to the Shelby County Jail as presented by Moore.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:55am.

Agenda items approved during the meeting include:

1. Minutes of May 4, 2022 Special meeting, May 11, 2022 Regular meeting, May 18, 2022 Special meeting, May 25, 2022 Special meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioner’s Court.
2. Pay weekly expenses.
3. Officers reports.
4. Current payroll.
5. Appoint two DETCOG Board Members, Judge Allison Harbison and Commissioner Tom Bellmyer, to represent Shelby County on the Board of Directors for FY 2022-2023.
6. FY2022 Budget Line-Item Transfers.
7. Agreement to Provide Pharmaceutical Services between Independent Health Services, Inc. d/b/a IHS Pharmacy and Shelby County for medication and pharmacy services to the Shelby County Jail.
8. Adjourn.

Agenda items tabled during the meeting include:

1. Execute the Intergovernmental Agreements between Shelby County and all municipalities within the county which consists of the City of Center, City of Huxley, City of Joaquin, City of Tenaha, and the City of Timpson to participate in the County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.

June 21, 2022 - Flat Fork Water Supply water consumer confidence report for January 1 to December 31, 2021 is now available. Flat Fork WS provides ground water from Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer located in Center, TX, Shelby County and purchases surface water from the City of Center located in Shelby County. To view the report, click here.

June 20, 2022 - The Center Fire Department responded to a fire at the Omni Epic Facility located just south of Loop 500 and State Highway 87 South on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

Many witnesses to the scene and those traveling on State Highway 87 witnessed smoke billowing from the facility as they drove past.

According to the Center Fire Department, at 2:46pm the call came in and when the firefighters arrived there was heavy smoke emanating from the building and it was determined there was a fire in one of the main boilers.

The majority of the fire had been extinguished by facility personnel previous to the arrival of firefighters.

Once it was determined the fire was completely extinguished, the firefighters left the scene and returned to the station at 3:45pm.

June 20, 2022 - Over the week of June 13-19 the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department received 6 calls. Here is a brief breakdown of all that transpired.

Starting on Monday, June 13 at 11:37pm a call came in about a diabetic patient not feeling well. The JVFD EMR team responded to check them out.

Wednesday, June 15th a call was received at 6:44pm but was later cancelled. 

Friday, June 17th saw 3 calls, 2 of which were cancelled shortly after being received. The third call came in at 11:31pm in regards to a female knocked unconscious at a residence near Childress Street. EMRs responded to check out the patient.

The final call for the week came in on Saturday, June 18th at 3:43pm for a brush fire behind a residence on CR 3001. 

The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department also monitored a control burn on a house on Connells Ferry Road early Saturday morning.

At this time The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department would like to remind our readers of our Multi-item Raffle Fundraiser we are currently running. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $20 each or 6 tickets for $100. Every ticket purchase is a chance toward several great prizes including: 

• a Savage Model 110 Hog Hunter Rifle in .308 Win with a 3x9 Burris Scope
• a Henry .22 Lever Action Rifle with engraved JVFD logo and “Do it for 524” on the stock
• a Sccy Arms Concealed Carry Pistol in 9mm (Turquoise in Color)
• a Henry Big Boy Lever Action Rifle in 45 Long Colt
• and a 2 man box deer stand

Drawing for the winners will be held July 4th at the Riverfront in Logansport, Louisiana. Persons entered in the drawing do not have to be present to win. 

This concludes the report for the week, so with that the Joaquin VFD hopes everyone has a safe and great week.

June 20, 2022 - The Shelby County Commissioners Court have approved the appointment of John Price to the County Attorney's office during their meeting held Monday, June 20, 2022.

Previously the commissioners have met in executive session to discuss the necessity to appoint someone to the position of county attorney following the resignation of current county attorney Gary Rholes. (Rholes Announces Resignation from Office; Grateful to Voters - ).

A motion carried to appoint John Price acting county attorney starting July 5 until December 31, 2022, 

Judge Allison Harbison shared her administrative assistant is out on maternity leave at this time and she has someone working Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on a part-time basis.

"I would really like somebody, just this summer until Jenney comes back full-time, to work on Mondays and Fridays at $12 an hour per week," said Judge Harbison.

A motion carried to approve the part-time hire to be paid out of indigent health care.

The meeting was then adjourned.

Agenda items approved during the meeting include:
1. Appoint John Price as new County Attorney to take office July 5, 2022 with the term ending December 31, 2022.
2. Approve a seasonal office employee for the County Judge and Commissioners.
3. Adjourn.

June 17, 2022 - Shelby County Sheriff Kevin W. Windham reports the arrest of Destiny Jones, 34, of Center.

On May 18, 2022, an investigation was launched at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) in regards to a complaint of an alleged theft that had occurred in the Shelby County jail. On May 17, 2022, Jones, who was employed as a correctional officer, was observed on video surveillance taking cash from a counter in the booking area. Jones then walked into a room used by jail staff and returned to the booking area sliding an unknown amount of money onto the counter.

An internal investigation was conducted and revealed that Jones stole $100 from an inmate who was being booked into the jail. Due to the findings of the internal investigation, Jones was terminated from his position as a correctional officer.

The case was referred to the Texas Rangers for criminal investigation which resulted in a warrant for Jones on the charge of Theft by a Public Servant (M-A). Jones turned himself in to the SCSO on June 15, 2022 where he posted bond and was released.

“As I have done since taking the oath as your Sheriff, I will continue to be transparent about the operations of this office,” stated Sheriff Windham. “This was an unfortunate situation, and it is not something I am proud to release, but the public has a right to know.”

We appreciate the assistance of the Texas Rangers for helping with this investigation.

June 15, 2022 - The intersection of US Highways 59 and 84 in Timpson was the scene of a three-vehicle collision Saturday, June 11, 2022.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Keith Jones, at 10:30am a 2019 white Ford Mustang driven by Kara Josephine Weatherford, 21, of San Augustine was traveling US Highway 84 when approaching the intersection at US Highway 59 and, according to witnesses, came to a complete stop.

Weatherford then proceeded forward entering onto US Highway 59 and failed to yield right of way to through traffic. At that time a silver 2015 Chevrolet Suburban driven by James Vincent Gallant, 60, who was traveling with passengers Charlie Gallant, 18; Blake Weaver, 18, and an infant child, was southbound on US Highway 59 when the Mustang struck the Suburban.

The Suburban subsequently was pushed into a crossover where it struck a white 2013 GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by Tucker Levi Gillespie, 48.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crashes and all refused treatment at the scene.

The Sierra was driven away while the others were towed from the scene.

Weatherford was issued a citation for fail to yield right of way at stop sign intersection.

The Timpson Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene with traffic control. 

Move over, metal license plates

June 14, 2022 - Everything is going digital these days – even license plates! Eligible commercial fleet owners now have the option to put a high-tech tool on the back of their vehicles. Digital license plates can add a new level of convenience, safety, and security to fleet management.

State law authorizes the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) to offer digital license plates to government and commercial fleet vehicles. These plates, manufactured by Reviver, became available on June 14, 2022. Multiple plate models are available at different prices through Reviver. The vehicle must already be registered in Texas to qualify for a digital license plate. An additional annual $95 administrative fee is applied to digital license plate orders.

“Texans rely on commercial vehicles for the safe and efficient movement of goods and services that are crucial to supporting the state’s economy” said TxDMV Executive Director Daniel Avitia. “Offering digital licenses plates to commercial fleets is part of our ongoing commitment to streamline and modernize motor vehicle services.”

Eligible commercial fleet owners interested in upgrading to digital plates or reviewing pricing options may visit Reviver.com/geo-expansion/texas/.

June 13, 2022 - A Heat Advisory was issued by the National Weather Service, Shreveport, LA at 10:52am on Monday, June 13, 2022.

The heat advisory remains in effect until 7pm this evening with heat index values up to 109 expected. Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

The advisory is for portions of north central and northwest Louisiana, southeast Oklahoma, south central and southwest Arkansas and east and northeast Texas including Sevier, Howard, Little River, Hempstead, Nevada, Miller, Lafayette, Columbia, Union, Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Lincoln, De Soto, Red River, Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita, Sabine, Natchitoches, Winn, Grant, Caldwell, La Salle, McCurtain, Bowie, Franklin, Titus, Camp, Morris, Cass, Wood, Upshur, Marion, Smith, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Rusk, Panola, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Angelina, and San Augustine.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

June 13, 2022 – With temperatures expected to hit 100 degrees in many parts of the Ark-La-Tex in the coming days, Southwestern Electric Power Co., an American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) company, offers 10 tips to help customers manage both the heat and their electric bill.

  • Turn off lights and electronics when not in use.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR-certified LEDs.
  • Pull the plug on devices, like phone chargers, when not in use. These still consume energy even when turned off.
  • Use smart power strips for electronics likes computers and televisions. These can sense when a device is turned off or not being used and will shut off the power automatically.
  • Close blinds and drapes during the day to keep the heat out.
  • Save up to 10% on cooling costs by increasing your thermostat's temperature setting by seven to 10 degrees Fahrenheit higher for at least eight hours a day.
  • Replace air conditioner filters. Clean filters can lower air conditioner energy consumption up to 15%.
  • Use ceiling fans to cool you while in a room. Turn the fan off when leaving.
  • Caulk, weather-strip and insulate windows and doors wherever air leaks are found.
  • Use large appliances, such as a dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer, as late in the evening as possible. These appliances add heat to a home and make an HVAC system work harder.

For more ways to save, visit SWEPCO.com/Save.

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