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June 5, 2020 - As the Center square remains under construction, the direction traffic is allowed to flow is ever changing.

The current situation at the intersection of Tenaha Street, Logansport Street and Nacogdoches Street where the Rio Theatre is located has traffic flowing east on Logansport Street and north on Tenaha Street; however, traffic is blocked from traveling west on Nacogdoches Street. 

Many travelers are not noticing the detour sign and are turning right onto Nacogdoches Street only to run into a barricade blocking the roadway.

This may change in the near future; however, it is possible the roadway will remain closed and drivers should consider taking an alternate route. Businesses located on Nacogdoches Street in that area still have parking and are taking customers.

The intersection of Austin Street and Nacogdoches Street has also been barricaded, preventing travel off the square from Austin Street onto Nacogdoches Street and vice versa onto Austin Street from Nacogdoches Street while pavement is cut by a saw.

Further updates will be made on Shelby County Today as work continues its progress.

Company is Committed to Disclosing Test Results to Help Keep Team Members and the Community Safe

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – June 4, 2020 – Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN) announced today the results of COVID-19 testing of team members at its Center, Texas poultry facility. The company conducted onsite testing of 1,212 team members from May 27 to May 29 during which it identified 17 positive cases, none of whom showed symptoms and otherwise would not have been identified. 

This is in addition to 94 positive cases identified since March among team members tested by the Department of Health or when seeking care through their own health care providers. Of the total 111 team members who have tested positive, 87 have been through their required absence and have now returned to work. Team members who test positive receive paid leave and may return to work only when they have met the criteria established by both the CDC and Tyson.

The Center facility is among more than 40 production facilities in the United States, where Tyson is rolling out advanced testing capabilities and enhanced care options onsite to team members in partnership with MATRIX MEDICAL, a leading medical clinical services company, and other partners. The company is prioritizing communities with a higher prevalence of COVID-19 and will assess additional needs based on significant risk factors and access to testing.

“We value Tyson’s partnership in keeping our community safe and healthy,” said Chad Nehring, Center’s City Manager. “Our Tyson plant was communicating enhanced protocols prior to the State’s disaster declaration and the additional safety measures they have put in place are helping to manage the spread of the virus.”

As it is doing at the Center facility, Tyson will disclose test results at other plants where it is conducting facility-wide testing to health and government officials, team members and stakeholders as part of its efforts to help affected communities where it operates better understand the coronavirus and the protective measures that can be taken to help prevent its spread. 

“At Tyson, we are committed to the health and safety of our team members, and we are focused on ensuring they feel safe and secure when they come to work,” said Tom Brower, Senior Vice President of Health and Safety for Tyson Foods. “Our test results demonstrate that we are well past the peak of active COVID-19 cases at our Center facility and believe that by sharing this data with local officials we can help to support the wellbeing of our communities.”

Team members at Tyson’s Center facility have access to daily clinical screenings, nurse practitioners and enhanced education. Tyson has also put in place a host of protective steps that meet or exceed CDC and OSHA guidance for preventing COVID-19. These include symptom screenings for all team members before every shift, providing mandatory protective face masks to all team members, as well as a range of social distancing measures, including physical barriers between workstations and in breakrooms.

“We are proud of the work our team members do to help feed the nation and we are giving them the support they need to do their jobs safely,” said Vince Lucas, Complex Manager for Tyson in Center. “We have seen a continuous decline in positive cases in our Center facility, and we are continuing to take protective measures that meet or exceed CDC and OSHA guidance for preventing COVID-19.”

Tyson Foods has increased short-term disability coverage to 90% of normal pay until June 30 to encourage team members to stay home when they are sick. The company also has doubled its “thank you” bonus for its frontline workers. Team members who cannot come to work because of illness or childcare issues related to COVID-19 will continue to qualify. 

About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 141,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit TYSONFOODS.COM.

June 5, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:00am on Friday, June 5, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 0 new cases, 214 cumulative cases of COVID-19, 98 recoveries, and 6 deaths for a total of 110 active cases.

DSHS also reports of the 214 cumulative cases, 33 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages: (Difference since June 3rd report)

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 156
Joaquin (75954) - 8
Shelbyville (75973) - 12
Tenaha (75974) - 21
Timpson (75975) - 17

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 12 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 67 cases
Ages 41 to 60: 77 cases, 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 38 cases, 2 death
Ages 81 to 100: 15 cases
Age unknown: 5 cases

June 4, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 8:00am on Thursday, June 4, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 6 new cases, 214 cumulative cases of COVID-19, 96 recoveries, and 6 deaths for a total of 112 active cases.

DSHS also reports of the 214 cumulative cases, 28 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery.

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages: (Difference since June 3rd report)

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 156 (5 New)
Joaquin (75954) - 8
Shelbyville (75973) - 12 (1 New)
Tenaha (75974) - 21
Timpson (75975) - 17

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 12 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 67 cases (4 New)
Ages 41 to 60: 77 cases (2 New), 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 38 cases, 2 death
Ages 81 to 100: 15 cases
Age unknown: 5 cases


Davail Laree Renshaw

June 3, 2020 - The Shelby County Sheriff's Department released additional information regarding the arrest of a Joaquin woman on murder charges.

Press Release: After several months of investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Devail Laree Renshaw, 51, was taken into custody June 2, 2020 on a warrant for the charge of Murder (F-1). Renshaw was taken into custody in the Joaquin area by Constable Roy Cheatwood.

Renshaw was arrested in connection with the death of Harold Glyne Glaze of Mansfield that occurred in September 2019. Glaze was found unresponsive at the home of Renshaw. After preliminary autopsy results were received, the case was ruled as a homicide.

Renshaw was previously arrested on two counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence in November 2019 in connection with this case.

Renshaw is currently being held at the Shelby County Jail on a one million dollar bond.


June 2, 2020 - Authorities have arrested a murder suspect in the Joaquin area who was being sought by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Devail Laree Renshaw, 51, of Joaquin was arrested without incident Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 9:30am for the charge of murder, 1st degree. 

Roy Cheatwood, Constable Precinct 3, located Renshaw at Shook's Trailer Park in Joaquin where he placed her in custody at that time and transported her to the Shelby County Jail.

Constable Cheatwood was assisted at the scene and expressed appreciation to Keith Jones, Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper; Jake Gross, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy; and the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Department.

June 3, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 9:45am on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, TxDSHS has reported a total of 208 cumulative cases of COVID-19, 87 recoveries, and 6 deaths for a total of 115 active cases.

DSHS also reports of the 208 cumulative cases, 22 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery. 

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages: (Difference since June 2nd report)

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 151 (3 New)
Joaquin (75954) - 8
Shelbyville (75973) - 11
Tenaha (75974) - 21 (1 New)
Timpson (75975) - 17

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 12 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 63 cases (1 New)
Ages 41 to 60: 75 cases (1 New), 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 38 cases, 2 death
Ages 81 to 100: 15 cases (2 New)
Age unknown: 5 cases

June 2, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 9am on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, TxDSHS has reported a total of 204 cumulative cases of COVID-19, 87 recoveries, and 6 deaths for a total of 111 active cases.

Yesterday's total case count of 205 was incorrect and should have been 201. On May 31st, DSHS reported 4 new confirmed cases for Shelby County that were later discovered, had previously been reported. So those 4 cases have been subtracted. On Monday evening June 1st, DSHS reported 3 new confirmed cases along with 3 more recoveries. All of the numbers below reflect the changes in the case counts and the demographic information.

DSHS also reports of the 204 cumulative cases, 22 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery. 

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages:

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 148
Joaquin (75954) - 8
Shelbyville (75973) - 11
Tenaha (75974) - 20
Timpson (75975) - 17

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 12 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 62 cases
Ages 41 to 60: 74 cases, 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 38 cases, 2 death
Ages 81 to 100: 13 cases
Age unknown: 5 cases

May 31, 2020 - Center Police Officers engaged in a long distance high-speed pursuit Saturday, May 30, 2020, following an initial attempt to stop the suspect vehicle at State Highway 87 South and Loop 500.

Following the chase which extended to the north part of the county and through Joaquin, the officers were able to bring the vehicle to a halt on CR 3000 at CR 3173 where a PIT maneuver was utilized around 3pm.

Those within the vehicle were taken into custody without incident and transported from the location by Center Police Department units. The only available information at the time of the incident is the driver was a juvenile.

Tenaha Police Department officers assisted Center Police Officers in this incident.

Additional information isn't available at this time; however, this report will be updated pending release of information from the Center Police Department. 

June 1, 2020 - The State of Texas has recently entered into an agreement with a company to participate in contact tracing. This includes contacting an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, and documenting their location and who they have been in contact with to trace where the disease may have been spread. Participation in this is 100% voluntary, and no Texan will be required to participate in this process. If you receive a phone call from a contact tracer, you have every right to not engage with them or provide the information they request.

I am concerned and have been against this contract since learning about its existence. It was entered into without the knowledge of the Legislature. While it has been made voluntary by Governor Abbott, there is always the chance it could be made mandatory as we are in a declared State of Disaster. I would oppose that whole heartedly, and will continue to monitor this process as it progresses over the coming months.

You can find out more about contact tracing by visiting the Department of State Health Services website at https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/tracing.aspx

Update: On May 31st, DSHS reported 4 new confirmed cases for Shelby County that were later discovered, had previously been reported. So those 4 cases have been subtracted. Shelby County has a total of 201 cumulative cases of COVID-19. The other numbers below still include the 4 cases double counted. The June 2, 2020 report corrects all the statistics - click here to view.


June 1, 2020 - The Shelby County Emergency Management office reports as of 9am on Monday, June 1, 2020, TxDSHS has reported 9 new cases to them for a total of 205 cumulative cases of COVID-19, 84 recoveries, and 6 deaths for a total of 115 active cases.

DSHS also reports of the 196 cumulative cases, 22 of those cases are "lost to follow" which means DSHS has not been able to contact them to follow up on their recovery. 

Breakdown of cumulative cases by zip code and ages: (New cases since last report from May 29th)

Cases in each zip code:

Center (75935) - 148 (5 new)
Joaquin (75954) - 9 (1 new)
Shelbyville (75973) - 11
Tenaha (75974) - 19
Timpson (75975) - 18 (3 new)

Ages of Confirmed Cases:

Ages 1 to 20: 11 cases
Ages 21 to 40: 63 cases (3 new)
Ages 41 to 60: 76 cases (4 new), 4 death
Ages 61 to 80: 37 cases (1 new), 2 death
Ages 81 to 100: 13 cases (1 new)
Age unknown: 5 cases

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