Monday night into Tuesday morning, Henry County received a winter storm that practically shut it down. Residents lost power all over and police officers in Eminence set out to check on everyone, especially the elderly. The Fire Department opened their doors and was called on almost immediately. City workers had already started working overtime trying to make our streets passable. The Eminence City Council was opening the Community Center insuring that residents from all over had shelter. The state, county and city worked together to have the supplies that were needed to keep the residents of Henry County out of the cold. The health department made sure nurses were on duty. John Logan Brent worked with the City to help in anyway he could. Many people donated their time and energy to do what was needed to make this successful. Scott McClamroch made sure that we had oxygen for one of the residents from Pleasureville, James Wright (Foxy) set up cots and helped serve food, Tara and Jeff McMahan donated televisions so the children could watch movies. Businesses like Cooks, Norms Grocery, Dairy Queen, Cowboys in Eminence, Scribers Station, Chat N Nibble, Family Dollar, New Castle Restaurant donated food and items. Some groups from the First Baptist Church and the Eminence Booster Club also helped. Residents from Eminence, Pleasureville, New Castle and Smithfield were in need of shelter from the cold. At no time was the Community Center operating without an Eminence City Council member present, up and working. The Shelter closed Sunday afternoon, everyone going home. Thank you so much to those who helped make this shelter a comfortable and safe place for families to be.
Drane Stevens, Polly Troxell, Shawn Bright, Danny Meadows, Leo Mason, Lee Ann Armstrong
Eminence City Council