Parris South Elementary leads state in 'Leader in Me' program

May 18– Parris South Elementary has achieved the distinction of being the first school in the state to become an official Lighthouse School.

Lighthouse status is the highest ranking evaluation any school can receive through the Leader in Me program.  

Leader in Me, based on Stephen Covey’s book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is a program designed to equip students with leadership and life skills.

Michael Davis, Hardin County director of schools, made the announcement yesterday during a “Facebook Live” school assembly.

“I’m proud of you students and teachers for all you have accomplished,” said Davis.

Parris South has been working toward this goal for five years.

“When Parris South started the Leader In Me process there were less than 100 schools around the world that had ever received this honor,” said Mitzi Baker, Parris South principal. “Today, Parris South becomes the first school in Tennessee to earn this prestigious award.”

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Savannah police add to arsenal for combating drug crimes

May 15– The Savannah Police Department is devoting additional resources to combating drug crimes, police Chief Michael Pitts announced today.

The department rejoined the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force as a sponsoring agency on May 9, a day after reactivating the city's narcotics division which had been dormant for “several years,” according to a news release.

Pitts said he assigned a full-time investigator to the division to combat the sale, delivery, and manufacture of illegal narcotics in Savannah.

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Wrong-way driver collides with motorcycle on U.S. 64

May 10-- A 39-year-old Brentwood, Tennessee man was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle going the wrong way on a divided four-lane highway about four miles east of Savannah, authorities said.

The driver of the 1979 Honda motorcycle, Aaron P. Fogg, was transported by ambulance to Hardin Medical Center following the crash around noon today. It was expected he would be airlifted to another hospital for further treatment.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Fogg was westbound on U.S. 64 and collided with a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck operated by Joannie L. Weirich, 61, of Savannah. 

The pickup was traveling east in the westbound lane when impact with the motorcycle was made, the THP said.

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