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Power blip leaves east Tupelo in dark

n A power loss in Tupelo’s primary substation left greater east Tupelo in the dark for nearly an hour Wednesday morning.

Johnny Timmons, manager at Tupelo Water and Light, said around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, a sudden pressure caused a relay to trip, leaving nearly all of Tupelo east of crosstown without power.

“Crews dispatched to the area discovered a bushing on a transformer,” said Timmons. “It had a blown gasket. If you’re standing at crosstown, everything from North Gloster east was without power.”

Many residential areas and nearly all of the downtown area were without power for approximately 50 to 55 minutes, Timmons said.

“The biggest thing is that we had to pick things back up in steps,” he said. “It took a little while to switch things back on.”

N.E. Mississippi

D.A.R.E. members cited for good work

n Two Drug Abuse Resistance Education officers from North Mississippi took home awards during the Mississippi D.A.R.E. Training Center’s 18th officer training course.

Deputy David Garrison of the Union County Sheriff’s Department and Deputy Bryon Parker of the Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department were named Outstanding Team Member of their teams. Twenty-seven officers from all over the state graduated as new D.A.R.E. officers in the course.

Other area officers who graduated from this D.A.R.E. training are Officer Chris Ware, Okolona Police Department; Officer Shelly Calton, Corinth Police Department; and Deputy Dave Cullison, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.

The Mississippi D.A.R.E. Training Center is headed by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department D.A.R.E. Unit.