Fulton Police Department has opened an investigation of a home invasion this morning on the 200 block of Fourth Street. The victims, a husband and wife with a small child (4 years old) were awakened this morning with by a loud noise of their back door being forced open. Four black males entered into their bedroom with a firearm demanding money. The intruders took the two victims to the child’s room and tied their hands behind their backs with belts and electrical appliances cords and phone lines that they had cut and they pulled the pillow cases from the pillows, and placed them over their heads. During the ordeal the intruders frantically ravaged the house looking for money. The intruders made comments of killing the two victims, but one of the four intruders stated that he did not want to kill them because they were in the child’s bedroom with the child and that he had children. When the intruders left the house , the victims managed to get their hands free and called the Fulton Police Department sending the first arriving responding officers Shawn Scoggins and Sergeant Justin Purcell to the crime scene at 3:52 am on April 26, 2012.
Fulton City Bulldogs advance to Regional Semi-Finals
Fulton City defeated the Lone Oak Purple Flash 58-45 on Wednesday night
The Fulton City Bulldogs continued their impressive postseason drive on Wednesday night. In the opening round of the Regional Tournament the Bulldogs faced the Lone Oak Purple Flash at the CFSB Center in Murray, KY. Led by Khalil Frame, who scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, the Bulldogs defeated the Purple Flash 58-45, and advanced to the semi-final round of the Regional Tournament. Other player stats include Jordan Miller with 12 points and 8 rebounds, Vance Maze scored 11 points, and Josh Traylor had 10 points.
The Bulldogs will play Marshall County on Monday, March 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Center in Murray, KY.
City of South Fulton's New NO COST Community Information Service
The City of South Fulton will launch a new Community Notification Service called $B!H (BNixle $B!I (B this week to improve communication with people who live, work, and visit our area.
The system provides a quick, efficient, and secure way to get neighborhood-level information out to community members who subscribe to the system. Through www.nixle.com, the City will be able to send text message (SMS) and e-mail alerts to subscribers.
If you have suggestions for potential Nixle publications that might interest citizens, please share them with City Hall by phone.
Notifications might be considered in the following instances:
$B!| (B A young child or adult with Alzheimer $B!G (Bs disease walks away from their home. The alert can include a picture of the child or vulnerable adult with a map identifying the area at which they were last seen.
On 2/21/12, Dr. Jeffrey Silverman was accepted into the Fulton-S. Fulton Rotary Club on a transfer of membership from the Hickman Rotary Club. Dr. Silverman moved his cardiology/internal medicine practice from West Plains, MO to Fulton a year ago to join the active medical staff of Parkway Regional Hospital. His office was recently moved from Hickman to the Hillview Medical Clinic. He received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College, and is a graduate of Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine. He completed his cardiology fellowship at Long Island College Hospital and has 28 years of experience in cardiology. His wife Cynthia is a psychologist and they have three children, Dr. Rachel Silverman, a psychologist, Matthew who is a student at U. of N. FL, and Andrew who attends the U. of FL. Dr. Silverman's hobbies are reading, tennis, and racquet ball. He enjoys public speaking and looks forward to being actively involved in the local club.
Fulton City Commission changes meeting date
Commission becomes more informed on natural gas and the Fulton Electric System
The usage of natural gas and the Fulton Electric System were two topics that were discussed in detail at Monday night’s Fulton City Commission meeting. John O Shearer, of Constellation NewEnergy, came before the commission to discuss the use of natural gas, and how it directly relates to the City of Fulton. He explained that the gas the city receives is based on a separate long term deal they have with a Texas Gas Company. Through Constellation NewEnergy the city purchases it gas, and must keep their gas supplies at certain levels at certain times. The gas reserves must be at 100% by October 31st, and must be down to 32% on March 31st. Mr. O Shearer recommended that the city take out 50% hedge on the physical usage of gas from April 2012- March 2013.
The Chairman of the Fulton Electric Board James O Butts discussed the history of the Electric System, and how it operates. The current board members include George Brock (Secretary Treasurer), George Frazier (Vice Chairman), Minton Dean (Member), Jeff Vaughn (City Commissioner Appointed Member), and James Butts (Chairman). From their first meeting on March 25, 1959 to present day, the Fulton Electric System (FES) goal is to become a more efficient and friendlier provider of electricity. FES currently services 1,700 electric meters, covering the entire city of Fulton reaching out to 3 miles North, East, and West of the city limits. They are entering into a contract with C.I. Thornburg Inc. to provide the electric system with “Smart Metering Technology.” This technology will allow every meter to be read from a computer, as opposed to having men go out and read all the meters, a process that takes 4 days to complete when 4 men are working. Select “Smart Meters” will be equipped with a “Pre-Paid” option, allowing customers with low Beacon Scores the ability use electricity for much less than the current $325.00 deposit. When the pre-paid amount is about to run out, FES would notify the customer and allow them to pay for more. After Mr. Butts presentation City Manager Steve Freedman asked the Chairman if the board had considered combining some of the City and Electric System functions, as he felt there was some overlapping taking place. Commissioner Billy Milliken voiced his support of sharing and working more efficiently between the two entities.
Tuesday night was one filled with good friends, good laughs, and good food at Trinity Episcopal in Fulton, KY. The church's annual pancake supper was held and open to the public. From six week old babies to lifetime members of the church, numerous amounts of people enjoyed pancakes and sausage free of charge.
Wednesday, February 22nd marks Ash Wednesday, which is the traditional beginning of the Lenten season. Trinity will be hosting a joint service with First United Methodist at 6:30 p.m.
National Weather Service in Paducah will be conducting 10 Spotter Training Webinars in preparation for the upcoming severe weather season. The FREE webinars are open to anyone who would like to become a spotter, or refresh your spotter skills. There are 10 opportunities. Visit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/pah/?=2012spottertraining to get more information and register for a class.
Police Chief Terry Powell Speaks to Rotary
Fulton Police Chief Terry Powell spoke to the Fulton–S. Fulton Rotary Club on January 24th about the strengths of the Fulton police department, its service to the community, and the training and education required of its officers. Currently, he said, Fulton has a 9-man police force and four communication specialists. In 2011 Chief Powell said that there were 6000 calls of service in the Fulton area. Most arrests occur between 3 PM and midnight. Fulton’s police department averaged one arrest per day last year. All persons going to jail must be carried to the Fulton Co. Jail since there is no jail in Fulton.
Chief Powell said all new officers must complete 18 weeks of training in Richmond, KY at the Dept. of Criminal Justice Training Center. Over 11,000 individuals across the state are trained here each year. Their police academy trains officers to be able to do the job of taking care of their local community. Chief Powell closed the program with The Police Officer’s Prayer, and he asked that everyone pray for the local police department that they may remain safe in the line of duty.
Chief Powell is an active member of the Fulton-S. Fulton Rotary Club.
Get Moving Fulton County
Are you, your friends or coworkers looking to get active, lose a few pounds or make some new goals? Do you need a supportive environment to help you with lifestyle changes? Are you motivated by competition? Do you need help with your New Year’s resolutions? Would you just like to embrace a healthier life style? If you answered yes, then you need to sign up for Get Moving Fulton County provided by Fulton County Cooperative Extension Service. This program will allow individuals and/ or teams to choose a supportive or competitive track or both! The Competitive track will be the Biggest Loser type competition with *new* physical activity tracking, optional weekly weigh in and virtual challenges. A point system will be used to determine weekly and overall winners. The Supportive track will include bi-weekly meetings (Mondays at 6:00) with optional weigh in, including opportunities for education, physical activity and recipe tasting. Get Moving will begin on February 13 and last for 12 weeks ending April 30th. Informational Meetings will be held on February 6 at 6:00 at the Fulton County Extension Office and February 9th at 6:00 at Fulton First Baptist. Preregistration is required by February 10. If you would like to participate or need more information please call 236-2351or 627-1837. Educational programs of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.
Water Sampling volunteers needed in Fulton County
Volunteers sample surface water in a Commonwealth-wide program. In the Purchase, plus counties such as Trigg east of the Lakes, sampling is done under the Four Rivers Watershed Watch(FRWW). Laboratory work is conducted by Hancock Biological Station, Murray State University.Spring sampling was impaired in Fulton County this year because of extensive flooding.
"ph" and conductivity measurements are done on-site while E-Coli and Phosphorous testing is done in the lab. First, the good news: "ph" or acidity measured in the FRWW were generally within bounds. Conductivity is an electrical conductivity test driven primarily by mineral salts and carbon dioxide content: of fifty-six(56) FRWW samples, a Mud Creek sample ranked one of the five worst. E-coli problems are driven mostly by human and animal wastes: of 49 samples meeting rigorous Lab acceptance criteria, a Mud Creek sample was one of the seven worst by a wide margin above the remaining 41 samples tested. Total phosphorous contributes to algae bloom and can adversely affect aquatic life: of 51 lab results the four samples taken from Mud Creek and Little Mud Creek were topped by two other samples to comprise the worst half dozen, all other samples were distantly low in phosphorous by comparison to the top six.
There are several other tests conducted on-site by water samplers such as temperature of air and water, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity, along with several visual observations such as aquatic life and land use.
Anyone wishing to become a volunteer water sampler should contact 270-559-4422 or 270-474-2272. Early contact will ensure a spot in next spring's certification training for volunteers.
ANTIQUE JOHN DEERE PEDAL TRACTOR!
A PEDAL TRACTOR & TRAILER LIKE THE ONE IN THE PICTURE WAS STOLEN FROM A SHED AT THE HOME OF TOMMY & GLENDA TUCKER DURING THE NIGHT ON JANUARY 24, 2012. THIS IS A TOY THAT HAS BEEN PLAYED WITH BY 3 GENERATIONS OF KIDS & WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT RETURNED TO US. IF ANYONE SEES THIS, PLEASE CALL THE SOUTH FULTON POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 731- 479-1311
Up To $10,000 in Grants Available for College Education at Mid-Continent University
A college education is more affordable than many people may think. Financial aid comes in many forms. Many Kentucky residents may qualify for Federal and one or more State Grants. A grant is not a loan and will not have to be repaid. State grant monies are running out earlier every year. It is important to apply for grants as soon as possible after January 1, 2012. Awards are made until funds are depleted. Grant funds are designed to assist students with the cost of tuition, books, and fees. With state and federal grants, many students attend Mid-Continent University at little or no cost. Financial aid loans and often grants are available to make going back to college affordable. To be considered for Financial Aid, ALL students must complete the 2012-2013 FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA does not require you to enroll in school.
The Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG) provides need-based grants to qualified Kentucky residents to attend regionally accredited private colleges like Mid-Continent. This grant (up to $3,000/yr) is available for most MCU students, even those with high incomes. In addition to KTG, the CAP state grant (up to $1,900/yr) and Pell federal grant (up to $5,550/yr) are available to those who qualify but have lower income guidelines. State grant funding is based on a first-come, first-serve basis… typically gone by February. It is important to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ immediately or we can assist you at any of our info sessions at no cost to you. This does not commit you to going to college; it is just a way for you to determine how many grants you could qualify for. In addition, MCU works with employer education-reimbursement plans as well as military tuition assistance programs.
Mid-Continent University ADVANTAGE has provided a path for thousands of adults to reach their life-long goal of a college degree. Currently there are over 1,800 adults enrolled in 29 different locations across Kentucky and southern Illinois, with additional students also enrolled in our online degrees. Why is this program reaching so many people? Adults in ADVANTAGE have a common regret: not earning their college degree at the traditional age. When a second chance comes along, many vow not to make the same mistake twice and finally “just do it.” With a one night a week schedule and affordable tuition, adults finally have a way to earn their college degree.
If one night a week doesn’t work for you, some of our graduates earn their degrees completely online. If you would like more information about our online program email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know would like details, stop by one of these information sessions:
Tuesday, January 31st anytime between 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Fulton County Public Library located at 312 Main St. in Fulton
Thursday, February 2nd anytime between 4:00 – 6:00 PM at The Citizens Bank located at 1522 Union City Highway in Hickman
If you are unable to stop by one of the above sessions or in the event of inclement weather, please contact email@example.com or call the university toll free at 1.888.MCU.GRAD.
Mid-Continent University is a private, non-profit, Southern Baptist affiliated organization. MCU is regionally accredited and headquartered in Mayfield, Kentucky. If you are interested in information about enrolling in ADVANTAGE, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.midcontinent.edu or call 1-888-MCU-GRAD.
Miller, Maze selected to All-A First Region All Tournament team
Jordan Miller, a Junior on the Fulton City Boys basketball team, was selected to the All-A First Region all-tournament team Saturday night at the conclusion of the championship game. Miller had 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots in a win over Ballard Memorial on Wednesday and 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots vs. St Mary in a semi-final loss on Friday night. Vance Maze, a Senior for the Bulldogs, who was unavailable at the time of the picture, was also selected to the all-tournament team with performances of 18 points and 5 assists vs. Ballard Memorial and 14 points against St Mary. Jordan and Vance were the only two players from the 1st District (Carlisle County, Fulton City, Fulton County, and Hickman County) named to the all-tournament team.
Hickman Mayor shot & Killed, suspect turns himself in
HICKMAN, Ky. — The police chief of a western Kentucky city says the mayor has been fatally shot and a man has turned himself in to police.
Hickman Police Chief Tony Grogan said the incident occurred around 1 a.m. CST Monday and took the life of Hickman Mayor Charles Murphy at Murphy's home, according to WYVY Radio in Union City, Tenn.
Police have charged 30-year-old Tommy Lattus with murder and he is held at the Fulton County Detention Facility. Grogan said Lattus came to the police station after the shooting and told officers he shot Murphy. Grogan did not give a motive.
The victim was in his second term as mayor and had served earlier terms on the city board.
Donna Groves, from West Kentucky Star, spoke with Hickman City Manager Larry Myatt about where the city goes from here. "Currently we are looking into the process that we are going to have to take," says Myatt. "I look for us to have a special meeting probably within the next 48 hours to appoint a new mayor and possibly appoint another commissioner."
Jail records don't indicate whether Lattus has an attorney.
article from the Associated Press
Tommy Lattus photo: Fulton County Detention Center
Charles Murphy photo: The Hickman Courier
Dr. Brian Clardy inspires crowd at Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon
January 16th, is a national holiday. Many businesses and schools are
closed and many see it as another day off; however, it is much more
important than that. January 16th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day
where we honor the hard work and dedication of not just one man, but a
movement that has shaped our culture into what it is today.
Pontotoc Park in Fulton, KY, the twin cities came together as one large
community to join in the celebration. With food provided by Deno's BBQ,
everyone is attendance was guaranteed a hearty meal. Fulton City High
School students Alleya Jenkins & Darius Saxton recited Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. The New Hope Freewill
Praise Team provided a Pantomime performance that impressed the packed
speaker of the event was Dr. Brian Clardy, who is a South Fulton native,
and he gave a truly inspiring speech to all in attendance. He
highlighted and marked the achievements of Dr. King, and others during
the Civil Rights movement, which have made up the foundation of equality
in the United States. Dr. Clardy let me be known that we all still face
racism even today, and provided insight on what we as a local community
need to do to be stronger now and in the future. Putting faith in god, and owning up to our responsibilities in life.
the end of the program South Fulton City Manager Deborah Craig
presented Dr. Clardy with an award from the City of South Fulton, as
well as Dr. Linda Bradford, for her work on the African American
Railroad documentary. Elaine Forrester, Fulton Mayor, also presented Dr.
Bradford with a Key to the City, honoring her hard work and dedication,
Pete Algee presented Linda Bradford with a plaque also honoring her
work on the project.
Video/Article by: Patrick M. Farmer
Fulton City High School gets new mural
Fulton High School senior Jett Yates
recently completed a large mural for the school, to be used both as an
art piece and as the cover for the 2012 edition of the yearbook. Senior
Brandon Carter was on hand to document the extreme transformation of the
blank wall to an extravagant work of art.
Wal Mart Representative Speaks to Local Rotary Club
Ed Miles who is in
charge of the upcoming major remodel project for Fulton’s Wal Mart store
announced to the Fulton-S.Fulton Rotary Club that plans are underway
for updating the local store. He said new signage will include the
that was adopted by Wal Mart. The interior of the store will be
updated and he said we can expect several improvements to be made this
year for the benefit of the customers.
Shown in the picture is Ed Miles speaking to the
local club with Rotarian Deena Meeks, Fulton Wal Mart store manager and
Rotary President Brad Dame looking on.
City Commission approves Parkway Contract; pending final revisions
At Monday night's Fulton City Commission Meeting, many decisions on key issues
that concern the City of Fulton were made. The biggest being the passing of
Municipal Order 2012-03, which relates to Parkway Regional Hospital taking over
operation of the Twin City Ambulance Service. The order says the commission
approves the lease of the ambulance bay, the Call Center Services, equipment,
and the Contract as prepared by Parkway Regional Hospital, subject to final
revisions and approval of all respective, interested parties. As the Twin
City Ambulance Service is almost set to begin a new era of operation, Fulton's
Fire Department is also set to begin a new phase of operation.
In December of 2011, the Fulton City Commission voted to eliminate 12 positions
of the Fulton Fire Department, and retain two full time fire fighters. Fire
Chief Mike Gunn and new Assistant Fire Chief Terry Rudolph, who received
promotion during Monday night's meeting, will fill these two spots. The Fire
Department will now operate through a Voluntary Incentive Program, which had
been discussed at prior meetings. Previously, volunteer firefighters were paid
$20 per fire that they showed up for. That
method of operation is no longer in effect, as the commission rescinded it on
Monday night. Now each volunteer will receive a percentage from a $50,000 pool,
based on how much they participate individually. The more details on the
program are still being worked out.
The commission also discussed the Fulton Code of Ordinances, which is in need
of updating. City Manager Steve Freedman brought up the dire need of having an
Ethic Enforcer for the city. This position would be responsible for enforcing
the lines of what is permitted and not permitted internally in City Government.
He also suggested doing away with many inactive boards (such as the Parks Board,
and Code Enforcement Board), and possibly only having one commission meeting
per month. Alterations to ordinances and boards will be looked at in more
detail in the coming months, and discussed at the next commission meeting.
The City of Fulton's Audit Report was presented to the commission by David Hart
of Alexander/Thompson/Arnold PLLC of Martin, TN. The audit was conducted for the
period of July 1st, 2010 through June 30th, 2011. In the General Fund for 2011
there was a deficit of $31,000, compared to a surplus of $22,000 the year
before, thus roughly breaking even. In the Proprietary Fund (utilities) for 2011
there was a surplus of $388,000 compared to surplus of about $300,000 in 2010.
There were four findings indicating significant deficiencies and
recommendations in relation to practices in the management of city
finances. The first involved internal
controls over cash in which a former employee cashed personal checks from the
city’s cash drawers. Auditors
recommended that a policy be put in place that would prohibit this action. The city’s response was that an existing policy
that bans the cashing of payroll checks has been expanded to include all
checks. The second finding dealt with a
lack of accountability in the distribution of gift cards to employees. The
procedure put in place in response to the finding now requires recipients to
sign when receiving gift cards. The
third finding indicated that a former employee had purchased gas for a personal
vehicle and made personal purchases with the city credit card. In response, it was noted that a policy is
currently in place to prohibit these behaviors; the former employee has made
restitution to the city. The fourth
finding revealed that the former mayor had circumvented city policy by allowing
a former employee to sell unused vacation time back to the city twice in one
year. The City of Fulton’s vacation policy
allows employees to convert half of unused leave to cash once a year. In response, it was noted that the city will
follow policy from now on.
actions taken include:
Approved Minutes of a Regular Meeting held on
Monday, December 12th, 2011
Promoted Firefighter Captain Terry Rudolph to
Assistant Fire Chief
Agreed to pay $1,875 for first quarter to the
EDP (Economic Development Partnership)
Approval for the Fire Department to bill for
Extractions, $500 per Extraction
Appointed Deena Meeks to Tourism board to replace
Fulton County in need of foster parents
Instead of making a resolution you know you won’t keep,
decide that this is the year you’ll make a difference in the life of a needy
child. Kentucky has nearly 7,000
children in foster care, many of whom
are waiting for a permanent home. These
waiting children wish that the new year will bring the stability and permanence
of an adoptive home.
Fulton County currently has no homes accepting
and all children over twelve years old entering care in the county must
scattered throughout Western Kentucky just to find a safe place to
sleep. One such child is Delicia (pictured above), a beautiful young
girl who dreams of becoming a veterinarian.
Delicia’s sisters have already been adopted in the Fulton area, and she
longs for a family that will help her stay in contact with them. Delicia
worries about her future and she hopes that God will give her answers
where her life is headed.
Children enter the foster care system for a variety of
reasons, but almost always it is because the adults in their life let them
down. They are the victims of
circumstances beyond their control that often include, poverty, drugs, neglect
or abuse. Unfortunately, there are not
enough homes in Kentucky to help all of these kids. Not only are these children having to leave
their homes and their parents, they often leave behind siblings, schools, and
friends in order to find a safe place to live.
Kentucky needs families willing to provide both temporary and permanent
foster care to kids of all ages.
Temporary care is just as it sounds -- providing a temporary place for a
child to stay while the family resolves the problems that led to the child's
removal from the home. Most of the time
these problems are resolved and children who enter foster care are eventually
reunited with their families. Permanent
care for children who cannot return to their families is available through
Being a foster parent is a just like being a
"normal" parent with added support.
State and regional resources are available to help foster parents deal
with the emotional and physical needs of children recovering from neglect and
abuse. To be a foster parent, you must
be at least 21 years of age and pass a background check. There is no upper age limit, nor is there a
requirement that you own a home or be married.
Some people may not be ready to foster but still want to
help teens. Hope Mentoring Program allows a foster child to have a stable adult
relationship with an adult outside of the foster family. These mentors help kids navigate life's
challenges while providing them friendship and advice.
If you would like to help a hurting child, please contact
Project MATCH (Making Appropriate and Timely Connection
for Children). Project MATCH,
funded by a grant from the United States, Department for Health and Human
Services, Children’s Bureau, diligently recruits foster/adoptive families for
both the public and private agencies.
For more information on the Hope Mentoring Program and Project MATCH, call,
Article by: Jennifer Bryson
Armed and Dangerous man captured in Fulton
UPDATE: The Fulton Police Department, with
the assistance of several agencies including Fulton
Police, Kentucky State Police , South Fulton Police, Fulton County Sheriff
Dept. and Jailer Ricky Parnell, have captured Johnathan Tynes. The emergency alert is now
off. He was arrested at the Fulton Manor Apartments in Fulton, KY on December
20th at 7:31 p.m.
Tynes DOB: 11/18/1980, a resident of Clinton Kentucky W/male committed the
offense of Arson 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, and Assault 1st Degree by
unlawfully entering a victim residence at 805 Fairview at or about 4:47pm on
12/20/2011 and pouring motor oil into a cooking pan and piling towels and/or
other clothing on top, starting a fire in an occupied residence. When Victim
(Male) and companion [witness] Victim (female) came to locate the source of the
fire in the kitchen, Tynes was laying waiting behind a freezer/refrigerator
unit, armed with a meat cleaver obtained from the kitchen. Victim (Female)
stated that he [Tynes] came at her first and then attacked Victim (Male) with the
cleaver, swinging it at him. Both Victim (MALE) and Tynes went to the floor and
Victim (Male) was able to grab one arm [the arm holding the meat cleaver] and
Tynes' shirt with the other arm. Tynes lost control of the meat cleaver and
then left the residence. Victim (Male) suffered some bruising to his head and a
large knot on his forehead. Charges also follow with unlawfully committed the
offenses on 12/20/11 on or about 07:23 am of theft by unlawful taking under $
500.00 (3 counts) Criminal Mischief 2nd degree (2 counts), Criminal
mischief 1st degree (one count) by using large rocks to smash
windows in the parking lot of Walkers Wrecker Service, which provided entry to
steal car radios out of two cars. Tynes also stole a radio out of the rollback
wrecker owned by Johnny Walker’s Wrecker service and set it on fire, causing
more than $ 1000.00 in damage to the wrecker. Tynes was charged with Burglary
in the 3rd degree and criminal mischief 1st degree by
damaging the structure on 12/20/211 on or about 1:47 am by damaging industrial
equipment when breaking into the Save-A-Lot grocery store. Multiple items were
damaged including the refrigeration units outside of the store and metal siding
estimated at several thousands of dollars. Tynes was also arrested on three
counts of Failure to appear on warrants issued out of the Fulton County
district Court. Tynes was lodged at the Fulton County Detention center.
Anonymous Santa pays off local layaways
week was a busy week at Fulton's local Walmart, but one day proved that
this is truly the season of giving. With the holiday season in full
swing, the store was packed with people trying to get their shopping
done before December 24th. With dozens of people trying to pay off their
items in layaway, some were faced with the possibility of not paying
for them before the December 16th deadline. An Anonymous "Santa"
contacted the store and said they wanted to pay off the balance due on
layways for 6 people. The only stipulations the donor had were that they
had to be chosen at random, from the Fulton/South Fulton area, and the
items in layaway had to be toys. All in all the "Santa" spent between
$400-$500, and showed local families the true spirit of Christmas.
Fulton Police make three arrests
Thursday, December 15th, 2011, the Fulton Police Department made two
arrests, one being a Mayfield resident, and the other a Fulton resident.
Gary L. Mangrum W/male, DOB:
10-25-1953 resident of Mayfield was arrested and charged with Trafficking in a
Controlled Substance (Pills) and operating a Motor vehicle under the influence
(2nd) Degree. He was transported to the Fulton County Detention center and
Bradley Lee Henley W/Male DOB: 07-02-1984
resident of Fulton Kentucky was arrested for Sodomy 1st, Sexual
abuse 1st and the use of a minor in sexual performance under 16
years old. He was transported to the Fulton County Detention Center and Lodged.
December 16, 2011
Fulton Police with a team of four (
suspect possibly armed) arrested Joseph G. Conner B/male DOB:
01/22/1983 without incident at 612 O.K. Clifton Circle on a warrant
issued out of McCracken County for Robbery 1st degree. He was
Transported to the McCracken County Jail and Lodged.
“Let's Paint the Town-Twin Cities" premieres locally
Premiere screening of the PBS documentary film, "Let's Paint the Town-Twin Cities" was held last Thursday
evening at Fulton High School with approximately 175 in attendance. The
film was described as "inspirational"
by Jeff Campbell, who was the front runner for the project, and received a
standing ovation in the closing ceremony. Thea Vowell, Executive Director of
Twin Cities Chamber of Commerce, said “I thought it was a great success! I feel everyone walked away
with a little less apathy for their town and for me, that’s a big deal. The
film shows what wonderful people we have living in the community - people who
are willing to give day after day, hours of sweat to help our community grow
and prosper. Once other communities see the film, I hope they will be inspired
to do the same. I hope everyone will see what good things can come out of
helping a neighbor or friend. “
documentary will air in February first on PBS affiliate stations in Kentucky
via KET. The film will also be a part of a national series on PBS that
will air nationwide later this year. The film features many people in our
small community who believed they can make a difference, and wanted to take
their town back, one building at a time. It also does a nice job of
incorporating Fulton’s history as a railroad town, and the history of the
interim of the national launch, personal DVD copies are now available for sale.
Copies will be given to the Library, both county Judge Executives, both
county Economic Development Directors, both city commissions and the Chamber. People
here in town can pick up a copy at the Chamber Office for $10. People
outside the Twin Cities can order a copy for $15, to cover postage and
handling. Proceeds go to our Let's Paint the Town fund. For more
information or to purchase a DVD, contact Thea Vowell, Executive Director, Twin
Cities Chamber of Commerce. 270-627-1400 or
Twincitieschamber@bellsouth.net. Mailing address for orders:
Twin Cities Chamber of
P.O. Box 5077
South Fulton, TN 38257.
should be made payable to: Lets Paint the Town. These DVDs will make
great gifts for your family members and former residents of the Twin Cities now
living in other areas of the country.
New business owner addresses Rotary
Fulton Rotary's guest speaker on December 6th was Carol Whitmore,
owner/operator of The Paisley Pumpkin located at 325
Walnut St. in Fulton. The store carries/displays/sells items on consignment
from approximately 50-55 local craftsman and artisans. Items such as hand made
clay pots, baskets, drawings, artworks, and many others, range in price from $1
to $1200. Carol brought several items from her store to Rotary and they were
quite impressive. She is also engaged in craft/artisan teaching/education
through her business. She currently has basket weaving taught at The Paisley
Pumpkin, and is looking for other instructors to teach various crafts. She can
be reached at 270-908-6562 or email@example.com. The Paisley Pumpkin
is open for business Tues. thru Sat. from 10:00 AM-5:30 PM.
Clothes for Kids Update
At the beginning
of this drive, we started with $4,400.00 dollars and a goal of $8,000.00. We
were hoping to reach this goal in order to clothe 40 children from the
community. To be honest, with the way things have gone in the past, we thought
this would be a tough goal to reach. At the time, we were not sure how much the
donations would add up to be, but we were still hoping to reach enough for 40
kids. With prayer and by the grace of God, we now have a total of $11,074.28.
This community has once again stepped up to bear the burden of others. This
Saturday December 17, we will clothe 40 children from the community, 20 from
So.Fulton and 20 from Fulton .
If you would like to volunteer your time to shop with one of these kids, you
may come to Wal-Mart at 6:00 a.m. bring a pen to write with and a small
calculator to keep a total as you shop. If you plan on helping, we ask that you
not bring kids along that may be the same age of the kids we are clothing. We
would like to thank the Fulton Leader for coverage and a special thanks to
Patrick Farmer at www.fultonkynews.com
for the daily coverage and updates. We can’t express how proud we are of
Thank all of you and May God Bless You all,
City of Fulton to offer Severance Pay to the dozen fire personnel set to be released
a rare short Fulton City Commission, the 12 fire personnel who are set
to be released received some good news just in time for the holidays. As
a result of Executive Session the commission approved Municipal
Order #2011-241 -
Authorization for City Manager to offer a separation agreement to each
individual employee whose position has been terminated as of December
31, 2011. The decision to release twelve positions with the Fulton Fire
Department was agreed on at a Special Call Meeting held December 8th,
Other action taken in the meeting included:
Approved Minutes of a Regular Meeting held on Monday, November 28, 2011
Approved Minutes of a Special Call Meeting held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Approved Minutes of a Special Call Meeting held on Thursday, December 8, 2011
Fulton City Manager Steven Freedman gave the
commission an update on the finances of the city, as it is $800,000 over
budget. Commissioner Billy Milliken voiced his opinion on when they all
plan next years budget, how they need to take a variety of issues into
Independent School School
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circumstances, Fulton Independent School District will notify the following
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Fulton County Transit is closed due to weather conditions, school will be
Fulton City Commissioners vote to eliminate 12 fire department positions
Fulton City Commission held a Special Call Meeting on Thursday,
December 8th to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss personnel and
pending litigation. As a result of Executive Session the commissioners
voted to eliminate twelve positions with the Fulton Fire Department
excluding the Chief's position effective December 31st, 2011. This
leaves only the Fire Chief and one Firefighter for the Fulton Fire
Department with severance to be determined by the City Manager. The call
of the roll was four to one in favor of eliminating the positions.
"Cookies With Santa" a success as the holiday season is in full swing
With Christmas coming up in less than two weeks,
holiday activities are in full swing in the Twin Cities. This past
Saturday, December 10th, the South Fulton PTO held a "Cookies with
Santa" event. From 10 A.M. until 1 P.M., children of all ages were able
to enjoy cookies, music, decorating picture frames, and getting their
picture with the man himself, Santa Claus! Door Prizes were also given
out through out the day, as everyone was in Christmas spirit.
Pictures by Patrick Farmer
South Fulton Student receives John W. Harris Leadership Award Winner
Mr. Taylor Martin, a junior at South
Fulton High School, was recently named one of the National Beta Club’s
John W. Harris Leadership Award winners. Taylor is one of only twenty
five high school students across the nation that was chosen for this
honor. “This is the first time we’ve ever had a student named for this
prestigious award and I’m so proud of him,” said Mrs. Cantrell, his Beta
sponsor. This award is given to a deserving Beta student who promotes
leadership, provides services to both school and community, and upholds
the values of Beta. Taylor, the son of Jeff and Lori Martin, is active
in Beta and FBLA as well as being ranked among the top ten in his
class. He will be honored at the state Beta convention in Nashville
this coming April.
South Fulton fire destroys home
The issue over paying annual fee destroys another local home
On Monday, December 5th a South Fulton couple watched as their home on East Cavitt Street went
up in flames. The South Fulton Fire Department responded swiftly, but
were unable to put out the fire that plagued Vicky Bell and Brian
Gilbert's home. The reason? They did not pay their annual $75 fee to the
The event marks
the second time a South Fulton family has had to watch their home burn
to the ground over the issue. Much like the first incident, this latest
one has sparked a public outcry and citizens all over the nation have
voiced their displeasure over the situation. Donations from all around
the country have been sent for the family.
Local children have "Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus"
Pontotoc building had special visitors this past Saturday morning.
Santa and Mrs. Claus trekked all the way from the North Pole to have
breakfast with local children. Over 100 kids join in the festivities,
and enjoyed Krispy Creme donuts, provided by Walmart, and their choice
of white milk, chocolate milk, or orange juice, provided by Turner Dairy
Mrs. Claus was on hand to read
stories to the children, and Santa himself was available for pictures
by a Christmas tree, donated by Walmart.