Local theater group presenting 'Driving Miss Daisy'

JAN. 25 – Many remember and love the Academy Award-winning 1989 film, “Driving Miss Daisy” – but what many don’t know is that the film began its life as a play by Alfred Uhry.

The play won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and it’s coming to Adamsville this weekend.

ARTS Theater Group of Hardin County presents “Driving Miss Daisy” this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Monday at 7 p.m. and with a matinee performance on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at The Marty, also known as The Adamsville Community Center, in Adamsville.

Produced and directed by Shane Clement, the set and cast are minimalist, with very little in the way of set pieces or props and a cast of only three. The one-act play has a run time of just under 90 minutes, and is very fluid, moving quickly from one scene to the next.

The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. 

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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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