June 3, 2010

Genealogy DNA Project Helps Family Tree Builders Trace Roots Back to Northeast Missouri

Thanks to the Missouri Genealogy FARRIS Y-DNA project one family tree with local roots has grown.

Two young boys orphaned at the age of two years and just 2 weeks old, in 1877 started a chain of events that is just now being unraveled.

Lucinda Ellen (Harryman) Harriman-Crandall Farris (original family from the Sand Hill area) who was married to George Farris in or near Saline County Missouri left four boys with no parents. Lucinda had two boys from her marriage to George Crandall; Thomas and Ewing Crandall, who were sent to live with the (Harryman) Harriman family when she married George. Sometime in late 1876 but before February 1877 George wandered away from the home he and Lucinda shared and was never seen again. The two sons; George Washington and Samuel Sterling (Smoot) Farris were, after Lucindas death sent to live with the (Harryman) Harriman family as had Lucindas first two sons.

Now it gets complicated, said Rita Palomo, one of the family members that was instrumental in discovering the local ties. George Washington Farris was my grandfather and married to Pearl Jane Silvers Farris with three sons (Neale, Sterling and George) one of them my father.

But the trail went cold for the family history researchers. Smoot vanished and behind him were very few family stories or information. The researchers knew that Smoot married Elizabeth Minnie Lewis and the couple had four sons; Ross, Cheever, Vess and Cyril. Minnie and Vess died in Baring, Missouri from a typhoid outbreak in 1904 and are buried at the Bible Grove Christian Church Cemetery. Some time before the two deaths in 1904 Smoot too had disappeared from Baring, Missouri and Knox County and never returned similarly to his father. The three remaining boys were taken by Minnies mother Lydia Johnson Lewis to live in Minnesota. Within a couple of years Lydia had taken all three boys to an orphanage where they were independently adopted by other Minnesota.

I have spent the better portion of the last twenty years searching for clues to where my great-grandfather came from and where we went, said Palomo. I had no idea that across the U.S. someone else was doing the same thing for the same reason.

In 2007, Palomo said she stumbled onto the FARRIS Y-DNA Project on the Missouri Genealogy web page. In the process she found a second cousin to provide a DNA sample.

One year later, I received a letter from the Y-DNA Project Manager, John Farris letting me know that I had been matched to another DNA sample and 45 of 46 markers making this person immediate family, she said.

The two began to correspond in 2008 and finally on April 21, 2010 the with the same great-grandfather, met for the first time.

On April 28, 2010, at Keiths Caf in Memphis, Missouri Palomo and her four sisters gathered to spend time with their newly discovered cousin, the grandson of Smoot Farris, one of the missing links in Palomo genealogy research.

The sisters Carolyn (St.Charles, MO), Rosalyn (Elsberry, MO), Sara (Downing, MO), Rita (Grand Cayman) and Marilyn Farris (Springhill, KS); are the daughters of Neale Nicholas and Bernice June Norton Farris. They are grandchildren of George Washington and Pearl Jane Silvers Farris formerly of Rutledge, Missouri and great-grandchildren of George and Lucinda Ellen Harriman Crandall Farris.

There cousins are Don and Beth Ann Farris (Sonoma, CA), son of Ross and Ruth Golden Smith Farris. Don is the grandson of Samuel Sterling (Smoot) and Elizabeth Minnie Lewis Farris of Baring, Missouri Knox County and the great-grandson of George and Lucinda Ellen Harriman Crandall Farris.

Joining the sisters in welcoming Don and Beth Ann to the family were Gene Farris (Kirksville, MO), son of Sterling Eugene and Eva Neese Farris, grandson of George Washington and Pearl Jane Silvers Farris and great-grandson of George and Lucinda Ellen Harriman Crandall Farris and his grandson as well as the son and daughter of his brother Carl William Farris (Kirksville, MO), both men from Kirksville, Missouri. At Keiths Caf on April 28, they were also joined by Jewel Norton Brown, the girls mothers sister.

We shared family time at the home of Royce and Sara Farris Jeffries in Downing, visited Bible Grove, Memphis, Rutledge, Baring and surrounding areas tracing the places our ancestors lived and died, Palomo reported.

The bulk of the family tree history reported in this article was tied together from the sharing done during the week-long visit of the sisters and their new found cousins.

The family is still searching for more genealogy information in Scotland, Schuyler, Adair, Knox, Howard and Saline Counties in Missouri and hopes that some of the other Farris families in these counties will submit to the DNA project and help further tie together the family tree.

NOTICE UPON ORDER FOR SERVICE BY PUBLICATION

IN THE FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SCOTLAND COUNTY, MISSOURI

JUDGE GARY DIAL

Case Number: 19SE-CC00014

Plaintiff Petitioner: MANDI LEA CICERO

vs.

CHRISTOPHER JAY CICERO

Dissolution of Marriage

NOTICE UPON ORDER FOR SERVICE BY PUBLICATION

The State of Missouri to: CHRISTOPHER JAY CICERO. You are notified that an action has been commenced against you in the Circuit Court of Scotland County, Missouri, the object and general nature of which is Dissolution of Marriage and which affects the following described property:

The names of all parties in this action are stated in the caption above and the name and address of the attorney for the plaintiff/petitioner is H. Scott Summers, Attorney at Law, 540 N. Johnson, ST. PO Box 247, Kahoka, MO 63445.

You are further notified that, unless you file an answer or other pleading or otherwise appear and defend against this action with 45 days after April 25th, 2019, judgment by default will be entered against you.

Dated April 17, 2019

Anita Watkins,

Scotland County Circuit Clerk,

by Shelley Small, Deputy Clerk

INVITATION TO BID

WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS: DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
FOR
CITY OF MEMPHIS
Sealed bids will be received at Memphis City Hall, 125 West Jefferson Street, Memphis, Missouri, 63555, until 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time and location for:
WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS: DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
The project consists of the construction of the Memphis Water System Improvements: Distribution System will generally include the following:

  1. The project consists of the construction of approximately 1,886 lineal feet of eight-inch PVC watermain, approximately 7,865 lineal feet of six-inch PVC watermain, reconnection to the existing lines at the end of each improvement segment, reconnection to existing service connections, and all the necessary appurtenances for complete and usable watermains.
    All equipment, materials and workmanship must be in accordance with the drawings and specification in the office of the McClure.
    Copies of plans and specifications can be seen or purchased for a Non-Refundable fee on-line at www.drexeltech.com in their eDistribution plan room, additional assistance is available at distribution@drexeltech.com. Information regarding this project can be found in the “Public Jobs” link on the website. Contractors desiring the Contract Documents for use in preparing bids may also obtain a set of such documents from Drexel Technologies; 10840 West 86th Street, Lenexa, KS 66214, telephone number is 913-371-4430. Bidding documents will be shipped only if the requesting party assumes responsibility for all related charges. Corporate, certified, or cashier’s checks shall be made payable to Drexel Technologies, Inc.
    Questions on the Bid Documents from general contractors and sub-contractors will be answered by the Macon, MO office of the Consulting Engineer. All questions must be submitted using the Request for Information Form (RFI) included in the specifications to Susan Copenhaver of the consulting engineer via e-mail at scopenhaver@mecresults.com. Any explanation or interpretation made will be in the form of a written response on the RFI form or by Addendum issued by the Consulting Engineer and furnished to all Bidders identified as plan holders of record. Questions received less than ten (10) days prior to the date for opening of Bids may not be answered. Request for consideration of “equivalent” products will only be considered in writing from general contractors and subcontractors. No requests for alternate or “equivalent” products will be considered the ten (10) days prior to Bid opening.
    A pre-bid conference will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Memphis City Hall, 125 West Jefferson Street, Memphis, Missouri, 63555.
    Attention of bidders is called to the requirements contained in the Instruction to Bidders regarding compliance with Executive Order 12549 – Debarment and Suspension and Minority Business Enterprise Utilization.
    All bidders are required to make the six good faith efforts to assure compliance with the State’s “fair share goals” and are required to comply with EEO regulations.
    Nondiscrimination in Employment – Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President’s Executive Order Number 11246. Requirements for bidders and contractors under this order are explained in the specifications.
    This project is financed through the Missouri State Revolving Fund, established by the sale of Missouri Water Pollution Control Bonds and Federal Capitalization Grants to Missouri.
    MEMPHIS WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS: DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM ITB – 2
    MEC Project No. 160597-010 January 2019
    Construction shall follow the requirements of the American Iron & Steel Provisions explained in the specifications.
    The City of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites the submission of proposals from Women and Minority Business Enterprises.
    Minimum wage rates for this contract shall be prevailing wage rates as determined by the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and the Davis Bacon Act, as issued by the US Department of Labor. The wage rates are set forth in the contract documents and are to be considered as a part of this Bid.
    The project contractor and each subcontractor shall require each on-site employee to complete the ten-hour safety program required under Section 292.675, RSMo, within 60 days of beginning any of the work on the project, if he or she has not previously completed the program or does not have documentation of doing so.
    McCLURE
    Macon Office
    107 Butler Street, P.O. Box 366
    Macon, MO 63552
    Phone: (660) 385-6441
    CITY OF MEMPHIS
    125 West Jefferson Street
    Memphis, MO 63555
    Phone: (660) 465-7285
    Fax: (660) 465-7208

INVITATION TO BID

WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS
WATER TOWER PAINTING
FOR
CITY OF MEMPHIS
Sealed bids will be received at Memphis City Hall, 125 West Jefferson Street, Memphis, Missouri, 63555, until 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time and location for:
WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS
The project consists of the construction of the Memphis Water System Improvements: Water Tower Painting will generally include the following:
The project consists of taking the existing elevated tower off line, draining, repairing any damaged
or thin areas of steel, sand blasting, painting, filling and disinfecting. The interior and exterior will be sandblasted and painted.
All equipment, materials and workmanship must be in accordance with the drawings and specification in the office of the Consulting Engineers, McClure Engineering Co.
Copies of plans and specifications can be seen or purchased for a Non-Refundable fee on-line at www.drexeltech.com in their eDistribution plan room, additional assistance is available at distribution@drexeltech.com. Information regarding this project can be found in the “Public Jobs” link on the website. Contractors desiring the Contract Documents for use in preparing bids may also obtain a set of such documents from Drexel Technologies; 10840 West 86th Street, Lenexa, KS 66214, telephone number is 913-371-4430. Bidding documents will be shipped only if the requesting party assumes responsibility for all related charges. Corporate, certified, or cashier’s checks shall be made payable to Drexel Technologies, Inc.
Questions on the Bid Documents from general contractors and sub-contractors will be answered by the Macon, MO office of the Consulting Engineer. All questions must be submitted using the Request for Information Form (RFI) included in the specifications to Susan Copenhaver of the consulting engineer via e-mail at scopenhaver@mecresults.com. Any explanation or interpretation made will be in the form of a written response on the RFI form or by Addendum issued by the Consulting Engineer and furnished to all Bidders identified as plan holders of record. Questions received less than ten (10) days prior to the date for opening of Bids may not be answered. Request for consideration of “equivalent” products will only be considered in writing from general contractors and subcontractors. No requests for alternate or “equivalent” products will be considered the ten (10) days prior to Bid opening.
A pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the at Memphis City Hall, 125 West Jefferson Street, Memphis, Missouri, 63555
Attention of bidders is called to the requirements contained in the Instruction to Bidders regarding compliance with Executive Order 12549 – Debarment and Suspension and Minority Business Enterprise Utilization.
All bidders are required to make the six good faith efforts to assure compliance with the State’s “fair share goals” and are required to comply with EEO regulations.
Nondiscrimination in Employment – Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President’s Executive Order Number 11246. Requirements for bidders and contractors under this order are explained in the specifications.
This project is financed through the Missouri State Revolving Fund, established by the sale of Missouri Water Pollution Control Bonds and Federal Capitalization Grants to Missouri.
MEMPHIS WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS: WATER TOWER PAINTING ITB – 2
MEC PROJECT NO. 160597-010 January 2019
Construction shall follow the requirements of the American Iron & Steel Provisions explained in the specifications.
The City of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites the submission of proposals from Women and Minority Business Enterprises.
Minimum wage rates for this contract shall be prevailing wage rates as determined by the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and the Davis Bacon Act, as issued by the US Department of Labor. The wage rates are set forth in the contract documents and are to be considered as a part of this Bid.
The project contractor and each subcontractor shall require each on-site employee to complete the ten-hour safety program required under Section 292.675, RSMo, within 60 days of beginning any of the work on the project, if he or she has not previously completed the program or does not have documentation of doing so.
MCCLURE
Macon Office
107 Butler Street, P.O. Box 366
Macon, MO 63552
Phone: (660) 385-6441
CITY OF MEMPHIS
125 West Jefferson Street
Memphis, MO 63555
Phone: (660) 465-7285
Fax: (660) 465-7208

INVITATION TO BID

WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS
FOR
CITY OF MEMPHIS
Sealed bids will be received at Memphis City Hall, 125 West Jefferson Street, Memphis, Missouri, 63555, until 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time and location for:
WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS
The project consists of the construction of the Memphis Water System Improvements will generally include the following:
The work under this contract includes, but is not limited to, the furnishing of all labor materials, tools, equipment, transportation, permits, certificates, and temporary protection necessary for, or incidental to, the execution of the following:

  1. Construction of two new ground storage tank clearwells,
  2. Rehabilitation of the existing concrete settling basins,
  3. Renovating the existing filters with new backwash system and filter media,
  4. Replace and reconfigure the existing filter pumps and piping, and add adjustable frequency drives,
  5. Remove and replace the existing high service pumps and add adjustable frequency drives,
  6. Construction of a security fence around the water treatment plant
  7. Site restoration and other miscellaneous work;
  8. All other work shown on the Drawings and called for in the Specifications.
    All equipment, materials and workmanship must be in accordance with the drawings and specification in the office of the Consulting Engineers, McClure.
    Copies of plans and specifications can be seen or purchased for a Non-Refundable fee on-line at www.drexeltech.com in their eDistribution plan room, additional assistance is available at distribution@drexeltech.com. Information regarding this project can be found in the “Public Jobs” link on the website. Contractors desiring the Contract Documents for use in preparing bids may also obtain a set of such documents from Drexel Technologies; 10840 West 86th Street, Lenexa, KS 66214, telephone number is 913-371-4430. Bidding documents will be shipped only if the requesting party assumes responsibility for all related charges. Corporate, certified, or cashier’s checks shall be made payable to Drexel Technologies, Inc.
    Questions on the Bid Documents from general contractors and sub-contractors will be answered by the Macon, MO office of the Consulting Engineer. All questions must be submitted using the Request for Information Form (RFI) included in the specifications to Susan Copenhaver of the consulting engineer via e-mail at scopenhaver@mecresults.com. Any explanation or interpretation made will be in the form of a written response on the RFI form or by Addendum issued by the Consulting Engineer and furnished to all Bidders identified as plan holders of record. Questions received less than ten (10) days prior to the date for opening of Bids may not be answered. Request for consideration of “equivalent” products will only be considered in writing from general contractors and subcontractors. No requests for alternate or “equivalent” products will be considered the ten (10) days prior to Bid opening.
    A pre-bid conference will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Memphis City Hall, 125 West Jefferson Street, Memphis, Missouri, 63555
    Attention of bidders is called to the requirements contained in the Instruction to Bidders regarding compliance with Executive Order 12549 – Debarment and Suspension and Minority Business Enterprise Utilization.
    Construction shall follow the requirements of the American Iron & Steel Provisions explained in the specifications.
    MEMPHIS WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS ITB – 2
    MEC Project No. 160597-010 January 2019
    All bidders are required to make the six good faith efforts to assure compliance with the State’s “fair share goals” and are required to comply with EEO regulations.
    Nondiscrimination in Employment – Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President’s Executive Order Number 11246. Requirements for bidders and contractors under this order are explained in the specifications.
    This project is financed through the Missouri State Revolving Fund, established by the sale of Missouri Water Pollution Control Bonds and Federal Capitalization Grants to Missouri.
    The City of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites the submission of proposals from Women and Minority Business Enterprises.
    Minimum wage rates for this contract shall be prevailing wage rates as determined by the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and the Davis Bacon Act, as issued by the US Department of Labor. The wage rates are set forth in the contract documents and are to be considered as a part of this Bid.
    The project contractor and each subcontractor shall require each on-site employee to complete the ten-hour safety program required under Section 292.675, RSMo, within 60 days of beginning any of the work on the project, if he or she has not previously completed the program or does not have documentation of doing so.
    McCLURE
    Macon Office
    107 Butler Street, P.O. Box 366
    Macon, MO 63552
    Phone: (660) 385-6441
    CITY OF MEMPHIS
    125 West Jefferson Street
    Memphis, MO 63555
    Phone: (660) 465-7285
    Fax: (660) 465-7208

Sawmill, Hospital Storage Building Destroyed by Weekend Fires

A local saw mill owned by Tri State Timber was completely destroyed by fire on Friday evening. According to Scotland County Fire Chief Greg Probst, the saw mill, located on Highway 136 near the Arbela Junction, was a total loss.

A passerby called in the blaze at around 6 p.m. reporting heavy smoke  coming from the building. Upon arrival, firemen found the west end of the structure fully engulfed by flames.

“The fire was already pretty extensive when we arrived on scene,” said Probst. He added that the firemen had to deal with a number of acetylene tanks, which were stored in the building, exploding and popping off during his crews’ efforts.

A total of six fire trucks from the Scotland County Fire Department were aided by three additional trucks from the Gorin Fire Department. Emergency crews were on the scene for approximately four hours.

An inspection of the scene by the Missouri Fire Marshal’s Office declared the fire of undetermined cause, as the high heat generated by the blaze left little for investigators to review.

The fire department was back in action later that weekend. Memphis fire crews responded to property owned by Scotland County Hospital for a storage building fire.

Probst indicated the department was dispatched at 5:55 p.m. Sunday, April 21st after a nearby brush pile that was being burnt, spread to the storage building on the property on the east side of Watkins Street.

Probst said the building was a total loss, including a pair of vehicles stored in the facility as well as other maintenance and construction materials.

Jauflione Chapter DAR to Co-Host Genealogy Workshop With Clark County Group

The Jauflione Chapter NSDAR met in regular session on April 5th at 2:00 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church hospitality room.

The meeting was opened in ritualistic form by Vice Regent Reta Stott. Opening Prayer was given by Chaplain Nelda Billups. Roll Call, “A Favorite Missourian” was answered by 12 members and one Children of the American Revolution member. Those present were: Terry Arnold, Nelda Billups, Connie Bratton, Verlee Dauma, Rhonda Davis, Janet Gerth, June Kice, Patricia Miller, Mary Morgan, Suzy Pool, Reta Stott, and CAR member Katie Miller.

Opening Ritual was led by Vice Regent Reta Stott. The Pledge of Allegiance, American’s Creed, Preamble to the Constitution, and Pledge to the State of Missouri were all led by Vice Regent Reta Stott. The National Anthem was led by Katie Miller.

The President General’s Message was read by Reta Stott. The National Defense Report was given by Patricia Miller. Patricia gave a very interesting report on the Vietnam War nurse, Dr. (Colonel) Janet Southby and member of the DAR shares her experiences as an Army nurse early in the Vietnam Campaign. Indian Minute report given by Katie Miller was on Code Talkers. Constitution Minute given by Verlee Dauma was on James Madison.

The minutes of the March 1, 2019 meeting were approved as read. The treasurer’s report, prepared by Treasurer Kathy Kiddoo, was given by Vice Regent Reta Stott.

New Business:

The Scotland County R-I School District is raising funds for a new all-weather track. Discussion was held on the fundraiser, which is to purchase a brick or tile with a personalized message printed on it. Bricks will be installed along the Tiger Plaza walkway and tiles will be placed along the Tiger Plaza walls. No decision was made at this time.

Clark County DAR is asking if Jauflione DAR would be interested in co-hosting a genealogy workshop. Jauflione DAR has agreed to co-host this workshop with Clark County. Regent Deborah Kauk will be contacting Clark County to decide on a place, date, and time to hold this workshop.

During the May meeting we will hold a silent auction with proceeds going to support the President General’s Project Fund. Everyone is asked to bring an item or items for the auction. Items can be new or gentle used. Our next meeting is May 3rd at the Presbyterian Church hospitality room. This meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m.

Our program for this month was presented by Angela Schmitter from the Scotland County Hospital medical records. Angela’s program was on making a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive. Angela shared very important information on how to make a Power of Attorney for Health Care.

Meeting was adjourned.

Refreshments were served by Mary Morgan and Nelda Billups. Social hour was enjoyed by all.

Submitted by Rhonda Davis

Omicron Beta Theta Hosts 1st Annual Pasta with a Purpose

Omicron Beta Theta Sorority of Memphis hosted its first annual and very successful, “Pasta with a Purpose” Dinner on April 13, 2019 at the Memphis V.F.W.  

The purpose of this dinner was to raise money to utilize throughout the year for various needs within Scotland County. The sorority members sold 300 tickets for a lasagna dinner. Those tickets included a reverse raffle.  

Member, Sally Ebling, organized the entire meal and prepared the ingredients for each pan of lasagna.  Sally, and the other members (Cindy Brush, Theresa Shelley, Angela Newman, Holly Harris, Lauren Williamson, Samantha Brush, Lanea Whitney, Karla Rainey, Beth Terrill, Heliene Tobler, Tammy Kirchner, Natalie Cook, Candace Kratzer, Pam Doubet, and Melissa Behrens) came together just hours before meal time to create and cook the homemade pasta.  The dinner included: lasagna, green beans and/or corn, along with homemade dinner rolls.  All members provided a variety of desserts to complete the meal. 

Winners of the reverse raffle were:  $25.00 Bill Holland and Ethan Wright; $50.00 David Smith; $75.00 Ashlee McBee; $100.00 Heliene Tobler, donated to a community member in need; $250 opted to buy back for third place, $500 Becky Sumption, and the final number drawn, Beth Terrill, was the winner of $1,000. Terrill chose to donate $500 of her winnings back to Omicron Beta Theta and $500 to a community member in need.  

Cindy Brush, Beta president stated, “$600 of the raffle prize money was donated to a community member in need which is great since the whole reason we fundraise is to raise money so that our organization can help out in our community with various areas of need.  We would like to thank the community for supporting  Pasta with a Purpose and our organization.”  

School Zone Speed Survey Reveals Some Alarming Numbers

Data collected by the Northeast Regional Planning Commission’s speed trailer at the north Memphis City limits on Highway 15 revealed just 59% of motorists obeying the speed limit of 40 mph, with one vehicle recorded at 114 mph.

Nearly half of the motorists entering or leaving the city limits of Memphis on Highway 15 north were found to be out of compliance with the speed limit according to data compiled by the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission’s traffic trailer.

The speed monitoring device was placed in the 40 mph speed zone north of the highway 15 entrance for the Scotland County R-I School District. The trailer was located on the west shoulder of the highway from March 18 through April 15th at the request of the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

During that time frame, 51,200 vehicles were speed checked either entering or leaving the city limits, with just 58.96% being in compliance with the posted speed limit of 40 mph.

The majority of vehicles entering the city limits were in compliance with the speed limit. The trailer speed checked 25,242 vehicles southbound into Memphis and 18,721 were at or below the speed limit. While that constitutes 74.17% percent of the inbound traffic, it still meant that 6,521 vehicles were exceeding the speed limit as they approached the main traffic area for access to the school.

Of that number, the vast majority were traveling no more than 10 miles over the limit. A total of 131 southbound vehicles were checked at speeds in excess of 50 mph.

The most alarming statistic found in the data was the top speed monitored by the trailer, 114 mph. That was on a northbound vehicle.

Not surprisingly, the northbound traffic was less compliant with the speed zone. Unlike southbound traffic that was reducing from 55 mph to 40 mph and ultimately to 30 mph further into the city limits, the northbound traffic flows from the 40 mph zone to highway speed of 55 mph.

A large number of northbound motorists apparently were jumping the gun on the acceleration, with only 44.18% of the monitored traffic at or below the speed limit. Of the 25,958 vehicles checked, 14,490 were traveling at speeds exceeding the posted speed limit. A total of 1,861 vehicles or 7.17% of the total, were traveling 50 mph or faster.

Somewhere in that count was the one motorist that was clocked at 114 mph. In all, 143 vehicles were monitored traveling more than 86 mph with another 103 traveling between 81 to 85 mph.

These high rates of speed were not limited to northbound traffic, as the system monitored one southbound vehicle at 106 mph as it entered city limits.

One might expect those types of high rates of speed to have occurred late at night, but some of the most alarming data provided by the study, revealed that the highest volume of traffic that was caught at speeds in excess of 86 mph occurred between and 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. with the next highest frequencies from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., typically the two highest traffic times as motorists commute to and from work.

The system does not differentiate between standard traffic and emergency vehicles, meaning some of the speed situations could have been law enforcement, fire department or ambulance vehicles responding to emergencies.

The data has been shared with local law enforcement agencies who indicated enforcement efforts are ongoing in the area.

Addiction Program to Bring Reckless Saints of Nowhere to Memphis

A local program helping in the fight against addiction will be bringing in some reinforcements. The Reckless Saints of Nowhere will be at the Lighthouse of Faith Church in Memphis on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m.

The national group will be guests of the Guiding Light R & R program, which has been meeting weekly at Lighthouse of Faith since January.

“We just want to help our small community with the major addiction problems that it has,” said organizer Sarah Parker. “Everyone is welcome to attend meetings.”

She noted that all participants maintain anonymity and that the group sessions are open to family members and loved ones who have questions or need support in dealing with the addiction issues plaguing their relationships.

 “Usually I pick a subject for the group to consider and we have open group discussions.,” said Parker. “I also offer personal time if anyone needs or wants individual counseling.”

The Reckless Saints of Nowhere (RSON) will be at the May 8th meeting to offer additional insight into the fight against addiction.

Jordan Parker founded the group in 2015 along with his wife Vanessa. The Boatman, OK native battled addiction for more than 15 years before finally exiting a long-term treatment facility to find his community entrenched in the same battle he had just fought against opioid addiction.

“So I started giving my phone number to anyone who was suffering,” said Jordan. “A simple gesture. If you or someone you know is lost in addiction, call me. Any time. Day or night. I will do anything I can to help. It blew up. Soon I had so many people wanting me to help them get clean that it didn’t take long to notice the problem – resources. If the addict wished to get help for their addiction, they had to pay outrageous entry fees to be accepted into rehabilitation and treatment programs that didn’t work.”

That was when RSON was founded. Jordan and Vanessa compiled data on the best treatment options and began building relationships with successful programs while also working to secure financial resources to help fund rehabilitation.

“Reckless went all in,” said Jordan. “We paid the first entry fees out of our pocket, and we drove wherever needed, often times across state lines, to pick up an addict and transport them to treatment. When we couldn’t afford the entry fees anymore, we worked out payment plans with Treatment Programs. My wife and I would pay $100-200 a week, and the program would admit the addict immediately. But Reckless only consisted of the two of us back then (newlyweds that both worked 50 hours a week jobs), so our funds quickly ran out. That’s when my mom and dad saw what Reckless was doing and wanted to help. With their donations, we were able to help even more people find recovery. We were passionate and a little crazy but it was working. People were getting help and families had hope again. We helped almost a hundred addicts get into treatment in our first two years.”

Eventually RSON established not-for-profit status and began an apparel line, with all proceeds used for rehabilitation work. Those revenues along with additional donations have helped the group grow.

“Our sole mission here at Reckless is to ensure that no addict who wants help for their addiction is ever turned away merely because they can’t pay for treatment,” said Jordan. “All of you that have purchased one of our shirts have aided tremendously in the effort to save lives. We have come a long way, but our work is not done. We are still in the middle of an epidemic.”

For more information on the Guiding Light R & R program contact Sarah Parker at 660.341.6611 or Pastor Curtis Ebeling at 660.216.4040. 

Local Blood Drive Set For May 7th

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends: getting a good night’s sleep; eating a good breakfast or lunch; drinking extra water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate; avoiding caffeinated beverages; eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only, takes about an hour of your time. The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Make an appointment and encourage your family and friends to donate on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 910 N. Weaver, Memphis.

How to donate blood. Simply. call 17800-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 permission 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.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

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