Thursday, August 23, 2007
I’m not sure a heavy rain has ever been as welcomed as the one Saturday afternoon here in Holly Springs.
Emma had left for work. Pam, Andy and Erin had gone to the grocery store. I was at home, almost asleep on the couch.
I heard a loud noise and jumped up. It sounded like thunder.
“Surely not,” I thought.
Earlier in the day I had been in town shooting some pictures of the Rags to Riches Tour passing through the downtown area on its way to Tupelo via Highway 178. A few other folks had turned out to see the classic cars.
It was about 10 a.m. and already the temperature was well into the 90s. I assumed it was another typical start to another typical day the past week or so – temps going beyond the century mark and no signs of rain whatsoever.
I went home for some cleaning duties – starting outside in the carport. About 10 minutes into the hot job, my T-shirt was soaked in sweat.
By the afternoon, I was more than ready for the couch.
Shockingly and thankfully, the sudden noise I heard was thunder and rain accompanied it. The thunderstorm and heavy rainfall lasted about 45 minutes and was indeed a joy to behold.
People told me later, “I just went outside and stood in it for awhile.”
I did the same.
Pam and Andy got soaked getting the groceries to the van. Upon arrival home, they drove into the carport, something we haven’t done very often lately.
A little later, neighbor Jean Liddy called me about a tree downed on some utility lines at the corner of Gholson and Alderson, across from her son Tim’s house.
I grabbed my camera and went in search of a photo, which I found (see this week’s front page).
Our utility department personnel, police and sheriff’s officers, rescue workers and others who work odd hours and during such storms never get the credit they deserve. They’re on call – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and they deserve our thanks.
Later that evening I got another call, this one from good friend and photographer Ronnie Day. He was on his way to work via Highway 78 and came upon an 18-wheeler accident.
Come to find out, it was between the Holly Springs and West Holly Springs exits and not very far from my property, which backs up to 78.
I was on my way to the office anyway to work on the church bulletin for Sunday, so first I drove to check out the accident, in search of yet another photo.
Traffic was down to one lane. State troopers and sheriff’s department personnel were manning traffic control. Wrecker service crews were busy trying to get the rig pulled from the bank.
I parked to the west of the acccident scene, stayed out of the way, didn’t interfere with the good folks doing their jobs in a drizzle with darkness approaching and snapped several pictures.
It appeared the 18-wheeler was headed east toward Tupelo, crossed over the median and went up the bank on the other side.
What started as a quiet Saturday turned into a rather busy one.
But that’s one of the things I enjoy most about this business. No two days are the same, and I, too, am on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
At the office, I had to start up all of our computers. The electricity had been off, I’m sure due to the downed tree on the lines nearby. But things started back up smoothly – no problems.
One thing I didn’t try at the office over the weekend was the telephones.
Upon arrival Monday morning, we discovered our phones were not working. Most likely that, too, can be attributed to the thunderstorm.
We apologize if you tried to call us Monday and couldn’t reach us. Repairman Joe Fant was in demand Monday, but by Monday afternoon had our phones working.
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