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Riot at Tecumseh State Correctional Facility

Smoke can be seen from fires set in the yard at Tecumseh Sate Correctional Facility, Tecumseh, NE

Riot at Tecumseh State Correctional Facility

Tecumseh—May 10, 2015 5:45 P.M. – At approx. 2:30PM staff at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI) noticed a large gathering of inmates in front of a housing unit. As staff reported to the area to break up the gathering two staff members were assaulted, and one inmate was injured. All of these persons have received medical treatment. Following thisincident, there were several other incidences which took place in multiple housing units resulting in small fires, and damage to property.
The Crisis Negotiation Team, Correctional Emergency Response Team, and Special Operations Response Teams are currently on sight at TSCI working with staff to further control the situation.
The exterior of the institution is secure.

Wed
06
May
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Downtown improvements pushed back another year

The city said it is out of its hands at the moment. It is up to the Department t of Roads as to when things swing into gear. Tecumseh has a 2011 DTR grant for $250,000 that is being coordinated with a $4,000,000 Department of Roads Transportation Enhancement Grant for the downtown project that will preserve the historic brick streets and expand the historic lighting around the square.

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student at JCC Schools

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Tyler Blessing, a student at JCC Schools, tests his hearing to determine if he is listening to music above or at 85 decibels. The apparatus he is using will help him learn that he can hear his music at a safe decibel level.

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Carrie Miller enters plea agreement, will be sentenced July 1st

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Carrie Miller will be sentenced July 1 in Nemaha County District Court. Miller is the former Johnson County Central teacher who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy who attended JCC.

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Round table discussions with Congressman Smith

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Congressman Adrian Smith stopped in Tecumseh to have a round-table discussion on various issues with members of the Johnson County Farm Bureau, representatives of the Johnson County Hospital and other concern citizens in attendance at the President’s Room of the American National Bank on Monday morning. Approximately 30 people attended this meeting. When discussing Obamacare Congressman Smith said, “We need to celebrate what works well. However, in the future I think we need to set up scenarios for future opportunities of prosperity. More prosperity will create more tax revenue,” said Congressman Smith. “With more tax revenue we can lower our $18 trillion debt which is a staggering amount of debt,” Smith said.

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JCH Home Health Office moves downtown

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By Ann Wickett
News Editor
“It gives more visibility and better access for family members with home health concerns,” said Linda Branting, director of Johnson County’s Home Health office. As of Monday, May 4, the Johnson County Home Health office will be in a new location at 292 Broadway Street in Tecumseh, (where the former Johnson County Medical Center was located). The Johnson County Home Health Services is a Medicare/Medicaid certified home health agency, which provides home health services to residents living in Johnson County and the surrounding area. A goal of the Home Health Services staff is to provide services to help their patients recuperate in the home environment. The staff works closely with a physician and the patient’s family members to provide total care 24 hours a day.
 
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Arbor Day Fun

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Tecumseh Tree Board members Jarod Schuster and Ron Ebeler show JCC elementary students how to plant a rosebud tree in observance of Arbor Day on April 24. Patti Holthus also helped out

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U.S. Army buddies become reacquainted 66 years later

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By Ann Wickett
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It’s been 66 years, one month and eight days since Bill Marfice of Table Rock and Maurice Jones of Chestertown, Maryland said goodbye to each other in Yokohama, Japan on March 10, 1949. They served together as auto mechanics and soldiers with the U.S. Army during peacetime between World War II and the Korean War. They were stationed in Japan with the 597th Engineering Light Equipment Company for 27 months. Two weeks ago, Marfice received a telephone call from Jones stating that he was coming to visit him in Nebraska. At first, Marfice couldn’t picture who Jones was. Then Marfice asked Jones if he was Granny Jones (he was always complaining while in the Army), Jones responded “Yes, I’m Granny Jones.” Then Marfice knew for sure who was coming to visit. The only thing Jones remembered about Marfice is that he came from a town called Table Rock. Jones’ daughter was able to find Marfice’s address on the Internet.
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Economic benefits of Niobium mine already being realized

By Ann Wickett
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Wed
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Apr
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Legislative Update

This past week, senators gave first-round approval to LB 268, which would change the maximum penalty for first-degree murder in Nebraska from death to life imprisonment. This year, a dozen senators have signed on as co-sponsors to the bill annually introduced by Senator Ernie Chambers. Senators voted 30-13 to advance LB 268, which is the number of votes necessary to override the Governor’s promised veto. I voted against the advancement of the bill because I am still in favor of the death penalty.
 

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