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12/23/2013 11:52:02 AM
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5/15/2014 8:31:41 AM

Kathy Clark (center) was selected as the Outstanding Dispatcher of the Year. She was congratulated by her supervisor, Carol Barker, and McKenzie Police Chief Craig Moates.

Clark is Outstanding Dispatcher of Year

MCKENZIE No police dispatcher ever wants to hear shots fired from officers. But that's the words a McKenzie dispatcher heard on her night shift earlier this year.

Kathy Clark was honored for her professional actions during that incident. During the annual 9-1-1 Christmas dinner last week, she was distinguished as the Outstanding Dispatcher of the Year.

McKenzie Police Chief Craig Moates said Carol Barker, dispatching supervisor and city court clerk, nominated Clark for the award. Emergency departments throughout Carroll County submitted nominations, however, Clark's nomination was selected by an outside panel of judges.

Mrs. Barker said Clark heard officers radio a routine traffic stop, but soon that radio transmission was followed by shots fired. Barker said Clark did not get excited, but rather requested assistance for the officers.  The suspect shot at officers, striking one of the patrol cars. No one was injured and the shooter was arrested without incident.

Moates said Clark's training and experience were key to her professional response.

Clark took the award in stride.

I am not any more oustanding than anyone else, but I do appreciate it, said Clark.  She complimented the professionals throughout the county who work in law enforcement and other emergency services.

We (emergency services personnel) have good fellowship and good mutual aid with other departments. We pull together as a team, said the award-winning dispatcher. Speaking of her supervisor, Carol Barker, she had three words, She's an angel.

Clark has worked in emergency services for two decades. She has headed the all volunteer Carroll County Rescue Squad for 10 to 12 years, and previously worked as a reserve at the Carroll County Sheriff's Department. She said that familiarity throughout the county is beneficial when she is dispatching.

She applied for the dispatcher's position at McKenzie Police Department and was hired two years ago. Previous to that, she worked at Bill Sills Sportswear.

Construction Progressing on First Cumberland Presbyterian Church

MCKENZIE Construction continues on the new sanctuary of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church- McKenzie. The roof and brick are being installed in the waning days of 2013.

The church family broke ground for the sanctuary in February. It will be completed in phases. The outer portion of the building is first, followed later by the interior. Tracy Webb served as the building chairman for the church as he did when the original building was constructed on Highland Drive in 2000, after the church family decided to move from its historic 1892 church on Stonewall Street.

TLM of Jackson performed the architectural design and Lashlee-Rich is the construction manager. Stained glass windows from the Stonewall Street church will be installed in the new sanctuary. Those windows have been in storage for more than a decade. 


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