Storm Briefing

By NEMS Daily Journal

Chickasaw County
Officials release names of three storm victims
– Chickasaw County officials have released the names of the three people who died in that county from last week’s tornadoes. Cortez Townsend Isabell, 24; Betty L. Watkins, 56; and Betty Walker Plant, 62; were among 21 victims in Northeast Mississippi and 35 statewide.

County needs volunteers
– Chickasaw County also needs volunteers to help with clean-up and repair on private property. Those considering such a mission are encouraged to coordinate through the Chickasaw Emergency Management agency at (662) 448-1012. All volunteers are requested to check in through Chickasaw EMA at the old jail just south of the Houston fire station.

Lee County
Tupelo accepts donations of all kinds through week
– Donations of bottled water, canned foods, clothing and other supplies for storm victims will be accepted at Tupelo City Hall all week.
A donation truck will be in the parking lot of City Hall from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The donations that are dropped off at City Hall are being taken to Smithville, Wren, Okolona and other communities. For more information, call (662) 841-6525.

Regions Bank gives $1M
– JACKSON – Regions Bank has contributed $1 million to help those affected by the devastating outbreak of tornadoes that struck Mississippi and other Southern states on April 27.
In addition, donations for the American Red Cross’ Tornado Disaster Relief Fund will be accepted from the general public at all Regions Bank branches in the 16 states the company serves.
Regions also is providing assistance to customers and businesses in storm-affected areas. Customers who need information on assistance should contact their local branch or call (800) REGIONS.

True Temper gives $10,000
– In an effort to help the many Monroe County families in need after the April 27 tornado, True Temper Sports Inc. has donated $10,000 to the Northeast Mississippi chapter of the American Red Cross.

Monroe County
Troopers offer supplies, services in Smithville
– The Mississippi Highway Patrol distributed the following information Tuesday:
* Specific supplies that were requested for the Smithville area: shelf milk, baby formula and extension cords. The distribution point for storm victims is behind the Piggly Wiggly on Industrial Street.
* Volunteer work groups are being coordinated through Butch Steele, volunteer coordinator for Monroe County. Groups are encouraged to call him at (662) 213-2658 to coordinate their efforts before traveling to the area. Groups wanting to feed workers and residents may be coordinated through United Way Volunteer Ashley Stubblefield at (662) 257-0557.
* The Amory driver’s license office will be open today from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Government Complex. Victims of the storm can go there to get a valid driver’s license-identification card. They will need to be bring any identifying information with them.
* Financial donations can be made at any branch of Community Bank. The account is listed as “United Way Disaster Relief Fund.” Donations will be used to assist storm victims in Monroe County.