Region briefs 3/11/08

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Chamber of Commerce to honor five teachers

The Jackson Chamber of Commerce selected five teachers as the 2008 Educators of the Year: Denise Glastetter, specialty; Jana Kay Scott, elementary; Cynthia Roach, junior high/ middle school; Bob Clubbs, high school; and Orville Perr Jr., private school. A banquet in their honor will be at 6 p.m. April 3 at the Knight of Columbus Hall in Jackson. Call 243-8131 by March 31 for reservations.

State tornado drill to be held today

A statewide tornado drill will be held at 1:30 p.m. today. Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Scott City and Allenville have all indicated they are participating in the drill.

The outdoor warning siren will last about three minutes, according to Mark Hasheider, Cape Girardeau's emergency management coordinator. Businesses, schools and residents are "encouraged to drill themselves in regard to what they would do in an actual event," Hasheider said.

People should immediately go to the lowest level interior room away from windows, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Public Safety. Drivers should go to a nearby building or take shelter in a ditch, covering their head. Overpasses should be avoided because of a wind tunnel effect.

In 2006, Missouri was struck by 102 tornadoes, which killed 13 people and caused 273 injuries, according to the news release.

Statewide, the National Weather Service will use a weather warning system to notify broadcasters and local agencies, who may activate an outdoor warning siren.

In Cape Girardeau, the alert will also be sent on citywide radio frequencies, pagers and citywide e-mail.

School districts to be recognized at banquet

Twenty-three school districts in Southeast Missouri will be recognized for "Distinction in Performance" at a banquet at 6 p.m. today at the Show Me Center. Local districts to be honored are: Altenburg, Cape Girardeau, Delta, Jackson, Kelso, Leopold, Nell Holcomb, Oran, Kelly, Woodland and Zalma. Districts are recognized for performance in areas such as state tests, ACT scores, advanced and career education courses offered and percentages of students who attend college. Also taken into account are graduation rates, attendance rates and how subgroups of students perform. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Regional Professional Development Center are sponsoring the event.

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