Missouri is working on creating a comprehensive policy document called the “path to prosperity” via the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity. Director Patrick Werner says our leadership needs bold objectives focusing on freedom, tax reform, affordable education, patient protection, spending and the budget, worker freedoms… and one of the biggest areas of concern… regulatory issues. Werner tells KZIM KSIM the Environmental Protection Agency is out of control. The Kansas City regional office recently held a meeting with a huge turnout and one major concern…" Four hundred people were at a completely boring, six hour, EPA open forum discussion with comment. A broad brush stroke topic was almost all energy related and how it impacts heating and cooling bills. Especially since we are in coal country." Werner says individual policies are not enough to bring Missouri out of our economic stagnation. We must also meet the challenges in the border wars with neighboring states who are figuring it out. Understanding however this may be a long term process. He says we have to start with job creation by lowering taxes and create a right to work status.
Snow continues to fall in Southeast Missouri as the storms move off to the east. Missouri Department of Transportation administrative technician Stephanie Green says major routes, including Interstate 55, Highway 34, U.S. Highway 61 and U.S. 177 are still being serviced.
Major routes are the top priority and crews will not begin clearing lettered routes until after the weather system passes. Cape Girardeau City Street crews have been working since Thursday, and the city suspended today’s trash and recycling pickup because of road conditions. The service could resume Saturday, road conditions and weather permitting. Travel across the area remains treacherous, and most of the municipal and county facilities have closed across our area.
Be sure and check our websites for closures at 960kzim.com and 1400ksim.com…
If you must drive in the snow, wear and carry extra warm clothing, food and a cell phone in case you become stuck. Early this morning we received word that the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport is closed and flights are canceled, so if you are planning travel this weekend, make some phone calls now. Our new reporter JC Reeves has been enjoying the weather, and says so have some others.
Some area resident have been without power, but Ameren Missouri reports that they have been able to restore power to all but about 28 customers in Dunklin County, 484 in New Madrid County and 379 in Pemiscot County. The numbers had been in excess of 3000 earlier today…
It was supposed to go down this weekend but Mother Nature had other plans. So the Junior ladies Christmas Bizarre at Trinity Lutheran Church will be next Saturday the 14th in the fellowship hall. Coordinator Shirley Beggs says they will have everybody’s favorite *****(except Audra and me) **** Chicken and dumplings from 11am til 1pm with carry outs available. Plus you can load up on crafts, jellies, candies, books, baked goods and other gems. She tells KZIM KSIM you can also rest well knowing the money raised goes right back into serving others… "We pay for the radio ministry heard on KZIM for many years at 10-30am Sundays. Also the Living Hope broadcast on local television. We also fund missionwork, the Lutheran school and various projects." The historic church is located at Themis and Frederick streets in Cape. Doors open at 10am.
Thousands will gather at Osage Centre beginning Friday with one goal in mind: to help feed starving children across the globe. Volunteers will pack and label boxes with dry food ingredients that will be shipped and delivered to children by the Feed My Starving Children Organization. La Croix Church Senior Pastor Ron Watts tells KZIM-KSIM that the event is happening—rain, sleet or snow…the food is already at the Centre. Watts says the goal is to pack 700,000 meals this year, and while some volunteers may not make it, they hope others will step in and fill the gaps. Watts says the volunteers will gather Friday, Saturday and Sunday to pack. You can find out more or make a donation to Feed My Starving Children at the church's website lacroixchurch.org.
The forecast is calling for winter weather to arrive today. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages motorists to plan ahead and drive safely or not at all during inclement weather. Captain Tim Hull tells KZIM-KSIM that you should check your battery, heater, defroster, lights, hoses, belts, brakes, oil, tires and wipers. Hull says you must have your headlights on if your wipers are running, it is Missouri law. He recommends you gather an ice scraper, tire chains, battery booster cables, blankets, flashlight, and a bag of sand or kitty litter to place in your trunk. And take the time to clean snow and ice completely from your vehicle. If you become stranded or see another vehicle stranded on the side of the road with passengers, please call the Missouri State Highway Patrol emergency number at 1-800-525-5555 or dial *55 on a cellular phone.
It’s like an Easter egg hunt… only there are no eggs, it’s dark, and it’s for Christmas! Cape Parks and Recreation Coordinator Cassie Essner tells KZIM KSIM the flashlight candy cane hunt is Friday the 13th for one hour at 6-30pm, at Osage Center. Kids from two years old and up will search by age division for the Christmas treats! "Kids will decorate bags and then go hunt for candy canes. Afterwards we will come inside for snacks and hot chocolate!" Thecost is 3-dollars per person of any age if you pre-register at the Arena building. Or it is 5-dollars at the door. Call 339-6340 for more information. This is outdoors so dress for the weather!
Sikeston DPS is preparing for the worst in the event this storm is as bad as anticipated. With the freezing rain forecast the possibility for power outages exists. Make any preparations ahead of time that you can for food, water and shelter in case this situation worsens. Here are a few safety tips you should follow to keep you and your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning and fire. Never use a generator indoors, don’t place generators near doors, windows, or vents, install a carbon monoxide detector in your home and make sure the batteries are fresh, never fuel your generator while it’s running, and make sure to keep a fire extinguisher in your home.
Full list of tips:
• Never use a generator indoors on in enclosed spaced (i.e. Garages, basements, crawl spaces)
• Make sure a generator has three to four feet of clear space on all sides
and make sure there is adequate ventilation.
• Ensure generators are placed far away from doors, windows, and vents.
This could allow carbon monoxide to enter the home.
• Never use a barbeque grill in your home for heat.
• Install a CO detector in your home and has fresh batteries.
• Symptoms of CO poisoning are dizziness, headaches, nausea, and tiredness. If you believe you have CO poisoning, seek fresh air immediately and contact Sikeston DPS before you re-enter the structure.
• Do not fuel your generator while it is running. Spilt fuel can ignite on the hot engine parts.
• Do not store fuel inside your home and keep the containers away from the generator.
• Never use Frayed or damaged extension cords and use the proper outdoor rated cords, ensuring the wire gauge is adequate for your appliance load.
• Follow the owner’s manual to properly setup and maintain your generator.
• Keep an approved fire extinguisher in your home.
• Don’t overload your generator. Putting more of a load than your generator can handle can cause a fire and/damage your appliances.
Gov. Jay Nixon activated the State Emergency Operations Center for 24-hour a day operations in response to a winter storm system that threatens to bring freezing rain, sleet, snow and ice to much of Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has extended shifts in areas expected to be affected, and all available four-wheel drive vehicles have been prepared to respond. MoDOT continues to treat roads for snow and ice and has shifted staff to areas expected to be most impacted. If you see downed power lines, report them immediately to yout electric utility; and stay away from the downed lines. The forecast calls for frigid temperatures and the potential for another storm system over the weekend. If you need disaster information, shelter information, and referrals call 211. In areas where the 211 service is not operational, you may call 800-427-4626.
Because of the weather forecast, some community organizations are canceling or postponing events.
* The Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's First Friday Coffee event at the Show Me Center Friday/ This morning has been postponed to a later date.
* The Jackson Jaycees and Jackson Chamber of Commerce's Christmas parade has been rescheduled for 3 to 4 p.m.on the 14th.
* The Trinity Lutheran Church Ladies' Aid Bazaar has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 14th.
* A sausage breakfast planned for Sunday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Chaffee has been moved to the 15th.
* A fish dinner of the Leopold Knights of Columbus planned for Friday/ This morning has been canceled.
* The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri has rescheduled the First Friday Arts event to Friday the 13.
*The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office has cancelled visitation at the Cape Girardeau County Jail for Saturday.
Jackson city officials have issued a Snow Route Proclomation that began at 3 this afternoon. If you are parked on the designated snow routes you have 12 hours to move your vehicle off of the street or to a non-designated snow route for plowing. After the 12 hour notice period all vehicles that are not moved may be subject to ticketing and towing. If you are in the uptown historic district your car does not need to be moved. For more info call the Public Works Department at 573-243-2300.
Snow route roads include:
Broadridge Drive from Orchard Dr. to W. Independence St.
Farmington Rd. (North) from W. Main St. to City limit
Farmington Rd. (South) from W. Main St. to City limit
Greensferry Road from N. Hope St. to City limit
High Street (North) (Hwy. 61) from Washington St. to City limit
Hope St. (North) (Hwy. 61) from Main St. to Greensferry Rd.
Hope St. (South) (Hwy. 25) from Main. to City limit
Independence St. (West) (Rt. D) from N. High St. to City limit
Interstate 55 from (all) to (all)
Jackson Blvd. (East) (Hwy. 61) from S. Hope St. to City limit
Jackson Blvd. (West) (Hwy. 34/72) from S. Hope St. to City limit
Main St. (East)* from Hope St. to City limit
Main St. (West)* from Hope St. to W. Jackson Blvd.
Oak Hill Rd. (North) from E. Main St. to Oak Ridge Dr.
Oak Ridge Dr. from N. Oak Hill Rd. to Ridge Rd.
Old Orchard Rd. (South) from E. Jackson Blvd. to E. Main St.
Orchard Dr. from N. West Ln. to Broadridge Dr.
Ridge Rd. from N. Shawnee Blvd. to Oak Ridge Dr.
Shawnee Blvd. (North) from E. Main St. to Ridge St.
Shawnee Blvd. (South) from E. Main St. to E. Jackson Blvd.
Washington St. (East) (Hwy 61) from N. Hope St. to N. High St.
West Lane (North) from W. Jackson Blvd. to Orchard Dr.
*Except any portion located inside the boundaries of the Jackson Uptown Historic District.
Due to the forecast of inclement weather, Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian Gerau tells KZIM-KSIM that the Jackson Jaycee and the Chamber will postpone the Christmas Parade to Saturday December 14th from 3 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 573-243-8131.
A man involved in the death of a southeast Missouri teenager is facing new charges. On April 5, 34 year-old Bobby Joe Abernathy of Jackson crossed the center line on Highway 34 and collided with an SUV driven by Erin Cordell of Marble Hill. The crash killed Cordell's passenger, 17-year-old Amelia Fisher of Glenallen. Abernathy’s passenger, Eric Smith filed a personal injury lawsuit last month against Abernathy, Slumberland and Sleepy Hollow Home Center. The suit is the second filed against Abernathy, who faces criminal charges of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and second-degree assault as a result of the accident. Amelia Fisher's father, Christian Fisher, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Abernathy and his employers. At an Oct. 11 preliminary hearing in the criminal case against Abernathy, Smith testified Abernathy smoked marijuana from a glass pipe several times throughout the day. On Monday, Sleepy Hollow filed a response to Smith's lawsuit, contesting most of his claims and asking the court to dismiss the case.
(The Southeast Missourian contributed to this story)
The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded several contracts for Southeast District projects during a special session Tuesday, including two in the region. The Missouri Department of Transportation says a $572,416 contract awarded to Joe's Bridge and Grading Inc. for a bridge deck replacement on Route Y over Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau County. An $8,888,725 contract awarded to Magruder Paving for resurfacing Interstate 55 from Route J to Highway 51 in Ste. Genevieve and Perry counties. Work zones will be marked with signs as work is underway. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in these areas and plan for possible delays. MoDOT will alert drivers before any changes in traffic. For more information, call 1-888-275-6636.
The holidays always bring reminders of DUI enforcement and the need for a designated driver…and Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety spokesperson Kelly Jackson tells KZIM-KSIM they have some unusual methods to get you to participate in their efforts to emphasize having a plan before you go out. Statewide, law enforcement is on the lookout for impaired drivers, with targeted enforcement efforts from the 15th to Jan. 2nd. Jackson says they know this is a time for entertaining. Six people were killed and 46 seriously injured over the Christmas holiday 2012. Three of the fatalities and eight of the serious injuries involved an impaired driver. To learn more, visit savemolives.com.
About 200 foster children will benefit from the “Fill the Truck” event to be sponsored this weekend by the United Way of Southeast Missouri and Walmart in Jackson. United Way Director of Community Development Melissa Stickel tells KZIM-KSIM that the truck will be at the Walmart at 3051 E. Jackson Blvd., from 9 a.m.-5p.m. Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Stickel says are invited to purchase items and donate them in the parking lot—but if you are unable to make it, they will have a cardboard “truck” taking donations through the end of December.
The SE Sun dancers have a fundraising idea that will benefit you just as much as it does them. It’s called Christmas Drop and Shop. Head Coach of the dance team Tatiana Parham tells KZIM KSIM this Sunday the 8th from 4 to 7pm, you can get some hassle free shopping done! "Parents can drop off the little kiddos and leave them with us for a few hours while they get their Christmas shopping done. " There is no age limit – so you can leave your husband too! Snacks, entertainment, and supervision will be provided for 25-dollars per kid and only 15 for each sibling. This is a fundraiser so the team of twelve can travel to the National Collegiate Championship in Florida in 2014. LeBounce is located in the city centre building right behind Applebee’s.
The annual Christmas Open House in downtown Cape Girardeau scheduled for Friday is not cancelled! Old Town Cape project manager Nicholle Hinkle tells KZIM KSIM they have made the call to change the date to December 13th due to the inclement weather forecast. Hinkle says all the fun and festivities will continue … just one week later!
Cape Girardeau police report that at approximately 2:00 Wednesday afternoon a 17-year-old male was taken into custody in reference to burglary and property damage of an apartment complex. The subject is being held pending the filing of formal charges. Police were looking for a vandal they suspected of breaking into common areas of several apartment buildings, defecated in hallways and stealing money from coin machines in laundry rooms. Cape Girardeau police public information officer Darin Hickey says the vandalism has occurred at apartment buildings on Watkins Drive, North Frederick Street and another location. If you have information about the vandalism, call Cape Girardeau police at 335-6621.
The U.S. and Missouri flags on all state and local government buildings in Missouri will be flown at half-staff on Saturday. To commemorate those who died or were wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, flags will be lowered across the state. A 1996 state law designates the date as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and directs that on that day, flags be flown at half-staff by all state agencies and political subdivisions of the state. The day acknowledges the sacrifices that have been made by our men and women in uniform, and of their tremendous courage spanning the generations. Gov. Jay Nixon says “When (you) see the flags at half-staff on Saturday… remember and honor those who have served or who are now serving our nation.”
The Illinois Department of Corrections has locked down a prison after dozens of inmates started to show flu-like symptoms. The department says the Level 1 lockdown at the Big Muddy River Correctional Center in Ina means that no visitors are allowed at the facility and no inmates will be transferred. None of the 88 inmates - less than five percent of the inmate population - have required hospitalization but that medical staff at the facility are treating the inmates and assessing all offenders for new cases. Also, the housing units are being cleaned during each shift and all the meals are being brought to the inmates in their cells. The facility says there are no reports of symptoms among employees there.
The world's largest furniture retailer is opening its first Missouri location in St. Louis. Ikea announced this week its new store on Forest Park Avenue near the city's Central West End. The store will have a prominent perch in the new CORTEX research park. Ikea is known for its devoted customers, some of whom drive from St. Louis to Chicago. Several local personal shopping companies cater to Ikea customers unable to make the long drive north. Ikea has nearly 350 stores worldwide but fewer than 40 in the U.S. A new store is also under construction in Merriam, Kansas.
The holiday season is here, and with it comes the exchange of gifts among family and friends. For many hospital patients, one gift on their wish list can’t be found at stores: a blood donation. Blood donations could be the gift of life to people like Lauren McCrary, who was immediately hospitalized after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She received more than 140 blood and platelet transfusions. Now in remission, she serves as the blood drive coordinator at the high school where she works. “I can never repay the donors who helped save my life, but I can remind others that giving blood is truly the gift that means something,” Lauren said. “The blood I received has helped me celebrate more holiday seasons with my family.”
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give what could be the most meaningful gift of the season to someone. Appointments can be made by visitingredcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
at Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, 111 W. Pine in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
at Black River Medical Center, 217 Physicians Park Drive in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
at John J. Pershing Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1500 N. Westwood in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Cape Girardeau County
at Osage Community Centre, 1625 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
at St. Francis Medical Center, 211 St. Francis Drive in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
at Missouri Department of Conservation, 2289 County Park Drive in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
at Southeast Health, 1701 Lacey St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
at Southeast Health, 1701 Lacey St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
at Do It Best, 5422 Nash Road in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
at Elks Lodge, 542 W. Independence in Jackson, Mo.
at Cape West 14 Cine, 247 Siemers Drive in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
at City of Arbyrd Fire Station, 102 E. Frisco St. in Arbyrd, Mo.
at Wells Fargo Advisors, 1401 Financial Park in Carbondale, Ill.
at Shawnee Amish Church, 559 Springdale Road in Murphysboro, Ill.
at Walgreens, 503 Walnut St. in Murphysboro, Ill.
at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, 405 W. Jackson in Carbondale, Ill.
at Walgreens, 6 S. Perryville Blvd. in Perryville, Mo.
at Missouri Delta Medical Center, 1008 N. Main in Sikeston, Mo.
at Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores, 100 Outlet Drive in Sikeston, Mo.
at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 604 Sycamore St. in Scott City, Mo.
at YMCA, 511 Taylor in Sikeston, Mo.
at VFW Hall, 217 S. Frisco in Chaffee, Mo.
at Stoddard County Ambulance District, 501 W. Business Highway 60 in Dexter, Mo.
at Advance High School, 201 E. School in Advance, Mo.
at First United Methodist Church, 301 N. Pine in Carterville, Ill.
at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2401 W. Main in Marion, Ill.
at Illinois Star Centre, 3000 W. DeYoung St. in Marion, Ill.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Work to improve Highway 34 in Bollinger County to add shoulders and curve corrections is nearing completion. Missouri Department of Transportation says a ribbon cutting to celebrate safety improvements in this area will be at 10 a.m. on the 17th at Woodland School. The project included resurfacing, adding shoulders and curve corrections from 1.6 miles east of Route DD to 0.5 miles west of Route ZZ near Glenallen.
The Perryville Board of Aldermen on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance establishing protocols for handling city employee complaints of harassment by elected officials. Under the new policy, employees must submit grievances in writing to the city's personnel clerk, who will forward them to the city attorney to present to the board of aldermen in closed session, shielding the complainant's identity as far as possible. The city will then investigate, and -- if the complaint is substantiated -- begin impeachment proceedings. Should the official resign rather than go through the impeachment process, as former police chief Keith Tarrillion did in March amid allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct, the findings of the investigation would become public. Tarrillion was charged Oct. 31 with theft, forgery and making a false report. His case is set for a preliminary hearing Dec. 17. Because Tarrillion was an elected official, he was not subject to the same type of disciplinary procedures as other city department heads. Voters last month rejected a ballot measure that would have allowed the city to appoint, rather than elect, its police chief.
During his lifetime, James Harnes Sr. of Advance was a highly-decorated Army veteran, civic leader, a mayor for 17 years and a businessman. He died Tuesday at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was 94. A lifelong Advance resident, Harnes was mayor of Advance from 1992 to 2009. A World War II veteran, He spent 20 years in the Army retiring as a captain. He served on the Veterans Home Foundation board of directors for many years and volunteered at the Missouri Veterans Home for 20 years. Harnes was among the original Navy SEALs, which were called the Underwater Demolition Team Frogmen. Nominated by Gary Capps, Harnes won the 2007 Spirit of America Award, which is sponsored by the Southeast Missourian. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Morgan Funeral Chapel in Advance, with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the chapel. Burial will follow at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, with full military rites.