Thursday, August 14, 2014
New tornado sirens to be tested Thursday
The City of Holly Springs’ new outdoor emergency warning system will be tested Thursday.
Fire chief Kenny Holbrook said Monday that 99 percent of the work had been completed on the new tornado sirens.
“The equipment is in place, and we want the public to be aware that we will be testing all day Thursday (August 14),” he said. “Don’t be alarmed Thursday if you hear the siren blowing.”
The new system also has voice capabilities in case of an emergency, and that, too, will be tested Thursday.
“It’s like a big PA system,” Holbrook said.
The equipment was purchased from Precision Communications of Tupelo at a cost of approximately $130,000, he said.
It was installed by personnel with the Holly Springs Utility Department, which saved the city about $20,000, according to Holbrook.
“I want to thank the electric department for the professional installation,” the chief said.
Seven sirens have been installed at various locations throughout the city. There is just under a mile between each siren.
“It sounds like a train horn and covers everything well within the city limits,” Holbrook said.
The system can be operated from two locations – the fire station and the 911 office, with the main computer being located at the fire station.
He said other units can be added to the system in the future, if needed.
Holbrook said this emergency alert system complements other things available in Holly Springs and Marshall County, such as Code Red.
“It’s all about being prepared in case of a tornado or other emergency,” he said.
He said after this Thursday, the system will be live.
Sounds of Summer week and a half away
The Sounds of Summer Arts and Music Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Byhalia Walking Track, 120 College Street.
Gate admission is $5 (12 years and under free). A kids’ fun zone wristband will be available for $5.
Highlights of this year’s festival include arts and crafts booths, fantastic food, live music featuring Ingram Hill and Shy and Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry, a cornhole tournament, wellness and business exhibits, motorcycle and Model A car displays, and much more.
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