Severe thunderstorms sweep Hardin County

Feb. 21– Last night’s severe weather outbreak across Hardin County blew over trees, knocked out power in some areas and toppled a church steeple.

There were no reports of injuries, according to Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin.

The brunt of the line of storms hit Savannah at around 6:15 p.m.

“It was a good 60-plus mph when it came through,” Martin said.


Savannah man wounded in hail of gunfire

Feb. 19– A 33-year-old man was airlifted to the Med in Memphis after being shot last night outside his 120 Counce Drive home, Savannah police said.

Police received a call at 9:43 p.m. and upon arrival, the victim, Johnny R. Beard Jr., came limping out of the house with a gunshot to his right thigh.

According to the incident report, the victim’s girlfriend, Vynderlin Nichols, 25, told officers Beard had gone outside to smoke when she heard several shots fired.

Nichols said she then took her 7-year-old daughter and laid down on the bathroom floor.

Police said 15 shots were found going into the house and one in the ground. The rounds were from a .40 caliber firearm and an AK rifle.


Shiloh Battlefield to present Valentine's Day program for kids Feb. 8

Feb. 3– Shiloh National Military Park is inviting children to participate in a Civil War Valentine’s Day program on Feb. 8 at  2 p.m.

“We are excited to present this fun filled, yet educational opportunity to area children. This unique hour long program will introduce young people to how Valentine’s Day was celebrated 152 years ago in our nation,” said park Superintendent John Bundy. 

Children will gain insight into the history of Valentine’s Day, Valentine keepsakes, and how soldiers celebrated the holiday during the Civil War.


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