HMC operations return to normal after bomb scare

JAN. 17 – Hardin Medical Center is operating normally this afternoon after being placed on lockdown for about two hours following what has now been determined to be a false bomb threat.

“We take every threat as a credible threat until proven otherwise, for the safety of our patients, our employees and the community,” said HMC CEO Nick Lewis.

According to the Savannah Police Department, a nursing home patient told hospital staff someone had called the landline in their room and made the threat.

Savannah Police Chief Michael Pitts said a check of the phone log determined that in fact no call had been placed to the room in the past 24 hours.

The hospital was placed on lockdown and “every square inch” searched, he said.

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Four killed in house fire

Jan. 14 -- A family of four, including two young children, perished in an early hours house fire in Hardin County today.

Killed in the fire were husband and wife Jamie I. Franks, 35, and Robyn A. Franks, 36, along with Brody O.B. West, 9, and Josie O. Franks, 3, said Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin.

All were found in their bedrooms at the 8490 Tenn. 203 residence, about 10 miles southeast of Savannah, between the communities of Big Ivy and Burnt Church.

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Man dies after wood stove ignites house

JAN. 13 -- A Hardin County man died Friday after a fire broke out at his home.

In frigid and icy conditions, firefighters were dispatched to 4345 Glendale Road at 3:48 p.m. The homeowner, Dennis T. Jordan, 53, who subsequently died, told a 911 dispatcher there was smoke in the residence and he thought it was coming from behind a wood stove, said Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin.

He said Jordan went into an attached garage where he collapsed, but “we do not believe that the fire caused his death. He wasn’t in a smoky area.”

Martin said there were three adults and nine children ranging in age from 3 months to 15 years in the house at the time. The only other injury sustained was to a firefighter who slipped on some ice and sprained an ankle.

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