MAY 3 – GE Appliances announced Wednesday the start of two new production lines at its Monogram Refrigeration facility in Selmer, investing approximately $9.3 million and adding 210 new jobs, to bring the facilities’ employment to about 400, officials said.
The 120,000-square-foot facility expansion was made possible through a long-standing partnership between Monogram, the state, McNairy County, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Delta Regional Authority. The partners created grants and training benefits to help Monogram facilitate the expansion to its existing manufacturing facility to add manufacturing capacity as well as warehousing space, GE said.
APRIL 27 – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is set for Saturday, April 28.
As part of this major health and safety initiative, the Savannah Police Department is hosting a take-back event in Savannah from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A secure collection box is maintained in the department’s station on King Street.
According to the DEA’s Atlanta Division, formerly Tennessee’s field division, a record 34 tons, 68,053 pounds of drugs were collected in Tennessee during the October 2017 Take-Back Day. On that one day, Tennesseans turned in more drugs than Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio combined.
To help maintain these record-setting numbers, community members are encouraged to stop by one of these local take-back locations to drop off their unused or expired medications, especially pain relievers and other prescription drugs. Law enforcement officers will be on hand to accept the medications and safely dispose of them, no questions asked.
APRIL 25 – Shiloh National Military Park announced this morning that the area in the vicinity of the nest of the park’s pair of resident bald eagles is now closed to the public to help protect a chick which fell out yesterday around 5:30 p.m.
As of today around 8 a.m., the chick appears to be unhurt and is stretching its wings.
“The chicks were born on Feb. 20, and normal development is 10-12 weeks to fledge,” said park Superintendent Dale Wilkerson. “Consequently, the chick is at least one week away from being able to fly. For the safety of the bird, and to allow adequate space for the eagle parents to take care of the chick, we are closing this area to all public use and access.”