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Mid-South braces for winter storm, Munford Parade rescheduled for this Saturday

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Many residents of Millington and South Tipton county are glad the only evidence of icy weather this past weekend in on branches.

Many residents of Millington and South Tipton county are glad the only evidence of icy weather this past weekend in on branches.

The Mid-South braced for Ice Storm 2013 late last week.
And as inches of frozen rain was forecasted, events were canceled from Memphis to Atoka. Notable cancellations were the St. Jude Marathon to be held in Downtown Memphis and several Christmas parades including Millington and Munford.
The pending doom caused several residents to flood grocery stores and grab last-second items preparing to be trapped. But by Monday morning most streets were clear and the cold blast of wintery precipitation that covered parts of the Midwest did not effect the Memphis area as much.
Thursday Memphis Light Gas and Water and other emergency crews were expecting strong winter weather moving into the Memphis and Shelby County area starting the a.m. hours of Friday. MLGW officials were continually staying in contact with the National Weather Service and closely monitoring the weather situation.
“MLGW employees have been monitoring this winter storm situation and we have all of our resources in place should the winter weather hit Memphis and Shelby County. If indeed a significant storm blankets our city, we are ready to respond,” said MLGW President and CEO Jerry Collins Jr.
There were a few thousand outages because of ice that accumulated on branches and powerlines. But the precautionary work by crews limited other outages.
Shelby County employees were on hand to salt road prior to the storm front. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell Jr. had the Shelby County Office of Preparedness ready to ensure emergency agencies were ready for ice and freezing rain expected in the area.
“Emergency services coordinators have reviewed their responsibilities and are prepared.  Director Bob Nations and his staff at the Shelby County Office of Preparedness are in constant contact with the National Weather Service and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency,” Luttrell said Friday morning.
Tipton and Shelby counties schools were canceled Friday. Schools were back in session Monday morning and several communities were busy rescheduling holiday events. In Millington Playhouse 51 will present the second show of its 10th season, the musical comedy Sanders Family Christmas, directed by Jane Lester this weekend (See Page 11A for more details). The Munford Christmas Parade is back on for this Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
“It took a while to make all the arrangements but we will host the parade,” Munford Mayor DeWayne Cole said. “Some have scheduling conflicts and cannot make it but everyone is invited.”

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