Wednesday, December 12, 2018

RoseRock Estates Hosts Grinch Photo Benefit

RoseRock Estates will host Photos with The Grinch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at 106 No Name St. in Sallisaw.

To have your photo taken with The Grinch, bring three nonperishable food items per household.

Each person having a photo taken with The Grinch will be entered into a drawing for four tickets to see “The Grinch” movie – two adult tickets and two minor tickets.

For information, call RoseRock Estates at 918-775-6581.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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OSDH Provides Tips for Winter Driving Safety

As the holiday season approaches, it usually means travel for many Oklahomans. Holiday travel may often occur during potentially dangerous winter weather conditions.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health encourages the public to begin preparation for the upcoming holiday travel season. Proper planning can reduce the risk of injury and illness while also ensuring a family is prepared for a major winter weather event.

OSDH Emergency Manager Darrell Eberly reminds travelers to check local television and radio reports of weather forecasts prior to making travel plans, and to know what the National Weather Service winter storm and blizzard watches and warnings mean by visiting .

“It’s a good idea to minimize travel during hazardous conditions,” said Eberly. “If you have to travel, it’s important to ensure your cell phone is fully charged, keep emergency supplies in the vehicle, and let friends or relatives know about your travel plans.”

Recommended supplies include: 
*Booster cables 
*Sand or cat litter for traction 
*Battery-powered radio 
*First-aid kit 

Officials also recommend keeping the vehicle’s fuel tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. For travelers who become stranded, it is recommended to stay visible by putting a bright cloth on the antenna, and raising the hood when snow stops falling.

Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local media reports about current watches, warnings and road conditions.

Tune to KXMX The Mix 105.1 for current, local weather and road conditions or visit our Facebook page for updates. 

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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Peters Agency Hosts Annual Hospice Christmas Bazaar

The annual Hospice Christmas Bazaar, hosted by Peters Agency Hospice and Palliative Care, is slated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds on East Redwood Street in Sallisaw.

Peters Agency staff invite guests to join them for hot chocolate and cookies as they shop and visit with them and other vendors from the community.

Entertainment will be provided, and door prizes will be given.

Proceeds will go to the care of Peters Agency’s hospice patients.

For information or to set up a vendor booth, call the Peters Agency at 918-775-6555.

Pam Cloud, Managing  News Director

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Crash on I-40 near Roland Injures One

An accident near Roland Tuesday evening resulted in one person being airlifted to a Tulsa hospital.

Dee Kinchen, 54, of North Little Rock, Ark., was driving a 2005 Lexus westbound on I-40 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday near mile marker 330, about three miles east of Roland. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, she attempted to pass a 2017 Dodge Ram 3500, driven by Justin Dix, 33, of McCrory, Ark. The OHP reports that the Lexus entered the slow lane, striking the truck in the rear. Kinchen then departed the roadway to the left in the Lexus, traveling through the ditch and hitting a tree.

Kinchen was airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa and was admitted in stable condition with head and arm injuries. Dix was not injured in the accident. OHP was assisted by Pafford EMS and Tulsa Life Flight.

The OHP reports that seatbelts were in use in both vehicles. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Warner Announces Bid for Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief

Cherokee Nation District 6 Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner has announced his candidacy for the Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

A Sallisaw native and 1995 Sallisaw High School graduate, Warner spent much of his childhood at Blue Ribbon Downs, where his family trained racehorses. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in education. In 2009, Warner became a science instructor at Carl Albert State College, teaching chemistry, biology, microbiology, and botany. Although reluctant to leave the classroom that he loved so much, Warner became campus director at the Sallisaw CASC campus in 2017. His previous work experience includes training race horses while in college and a heavy equipment operator and mining supervisor for his family’s rock quarry.

In 2015, Bryan was elected to the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council. He currently represents District 6, which is the eastern half of Sequoyah County. 

“The past four years on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council have been a gratifying and inspiring experience,” Warner said. “Working closely with Chief Baker and Deputy Chief Crittenden, we secured the relocation of the Oklahoma Veterans Center to Sallisaw and we took ownership and reopened the historic Sequoyah’s Cabin in Sequoyah County.

“As co-chair of the Council’s education committee, I am proud we did the right thing and raised the salary for all Cherokee Nation certified teachers,” Warner added. “Furthermore, the partnerships that the grant-funded Sequoyah Project will bring to Sequoyah County, will help ensure college preparedness and career readiness for our Cherokee youth.”

Warner was honored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development in 2016 as one of the 40 under 40, for demonstrating leadership, initiative, and dedication and making significant contributions in business and/or their community. In 2017, he was appointed to the Tribal Advisory Committee for the Center for Disease Control. While on the council, Warner has been an advocate for the Cherokee Nation Foster Care program, working diligently to bring positive changes to his district.

Warner has always had a heart for service and is always willing to lend a hand.

His civic and volunteer experience includes serving on the Sallisaw City Council, leading local youth in church, along with coaching youth league wrestling, football, and baseball. Warner serves on the Sallisaw Youth and Recreation Commission and on the board of directors for the Sallisaw Youth League. He is immediate past president of the Sallisaw Lions Club and just recently vacated his board position on the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, where he was chair of the education committee, instrumental in starting the financial literacy program in Sallisaw Public Schools, with programs such as Biztown and JA in a Day. 

Warner hopes to continue his service to the Cherokee Nation as its deputy chief.

"I have had the privilege to work closely with Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. His work ethic, heart for our people and vision for the future has been a personal motivation,” Warner said. “I share the same passion for increased educational opportunities, expanded health care and preservation of the Cherokee culture and language. I am running for Deputy Chief because I want to help drive that vision for a healthier, stronger Cherokee Nation and brighter future for our children and their children.”

Warner and his wife Maco live in Sallisaw. They have 3 boys -- Kaden, Luke and Clayton. They are active members of the Sallisaw First United Methodist Church.  

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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Sallisaw Chamber Holds December Meeting; Decorating Contest Winners Announced

Sallisaw Chamber President Jeff Mayo presents a plaque to Nan Stites in recognition of being named the Chamber Member of the Month during its December membership meeting.

The First United Methodist Church provided a holiday backdrop for the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce’s December membership meeting Wednesday. As members dined on a meal catered by Cazadores Mexican Restaurant, Chamber President Jeff Mayo thanked all those involved in assisting with the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express event, adding that 3,333 people actually toured the train.

Greg Womack with Oklahoma Blood Institute shared information about the Thunder Holiday Assist Blood Drive, set for 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Sallisaw Civic Center. He said Sallisaw was fortunate to be one of only two cities in eastern Oklahoma to host a Thunder Holiday Assist Blood Drive, where donors will receive an Oklahoma City Thunder T-shirt and will be entered for a drawing to win a pair of Thunder game tickets.

Nan Stites was named the Chamber Member of the Month for December. Mayo said Stites has been an active volunteer in the community, especially so since her retirement from teaching in 2011. She is actively involved in PTO, CHIO, PEO, CASA, working with the local high school scholarship committee, and volunteers as a nursery worker at Immanuel Baptist Church. Stites also serves as a Sallisaw chamber of commerce board member, facilitating the Leadership Sallisaw class. She remains active with the local boy scout troop, recruiting volunteers and transporting scouts to events.

Entertainment for the luncheon was provided by members of the Sallisaw Middle School Diamond Dazzlers, performing a variety of Christmas songs for chamber members in attendance.

Chamber Director Marty Green announced the winners of the Storefront Decorating Contest. Winners were chosen in two categories – Businesses with Lawns and Windows Only. Winning first place in the Businesses with Lawns division was Village West Apartments. Second place went to Rose Rock Estates, and the Old Sallisaw High School Association won third place. In the Windows Only division, first place went to Ruger’s Grill, winning second place was A Better Bargain, and third place went to Sallisaw Tag Agency. Assisting Mayo with the award presentations were Margaret Perry and Jaime Henson with Sallisaw Main Street and Laci Gabbert with the Sallisaw Chamber. Green said 14 businesses entered the storefront decorating contest this year, and judges had a tough time deciding on winners, because all the displays were wonderful.

Village West Apartments

Rose Rock Estates

Old Sallisaw High School Association

Rugers Grill

A Better Bargain

Sallisaw Tag Agency

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Five Marijuana Dispensaries Licensed in Sequoyah County

The days of legal licensed medical marijuana dispensaries are here for the State of Oklahoma and for Sequoyah County.

Business plans are underway and in progress for over 743 dispensaries in over 130 towns in the state. Sequoyah County is no exception. The first filings show five dispensaries are licensed and approved for the county. 

There are currently three licensed in Sallisaw and two in Roland. Those licensed for Sallisaw are Dogwood Greens LLC., Natural Meds Farm Inc., and Green Horizons LLC,. In Roland the newly licensed shops are Earthly Mist LLC, and Guzman Enterprises LLC. 

State officials confirm that many more filings are expected. The state license costs each entrepreneur $2,500. These dispensaries will be supplied by licensed cannabis growers who number over 1100 on file with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA). The OMMA is responsible for licensing, regulating and administering the newly voter approved state law. 

Additional numbers show that 18,601 patients in our state have been approved for medical relief pending a physician's prescription. OMMA numbers show an additional 7,000 patients' applications are pending as of December 9.

The state's two largest cities will be saturated with legal dispensaries. Tulsa's number is presently growing with over 129 facilities and 264 are on the books for Oklahoma City.

KXMX News Staff

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

City Commissioner Incumbents Unopposed; Three School Board Races On Upcoming Ballots

The filing period closed last week for county school board positions and city commissioner seats.

In the Sallisaw City Commission race, both Ward 1 and Ward 3 incumbents, Ronnie Lowe and Julian Mendiola, respectively, were unopposed, therefore no election will be held.

On the Feb. 12 ballot will be the Gans, Office No. 2 seat, which is an unexpired term that needs to be filled as soon as possible, according to the Sequoyah County Election Board office. Larry Stogner will face off against Mary Ann Cosner for that seat.

For Gans Office No. 4, Jana Morris and Robbie Gipson will vie for that seat during the regular school board election on April 2, and George Lawson Jr. and Jerry Speir will face each other for the Liberty Office 2 seat in April.

Amanda Trudeau-Hatcher was unopposed in her seat on the Sallisaw School Board.

The following candidates were unopposed after filing for their respective school board seats: Robert Vinson, Belfonte Office 2; David Philpot, Brushy Office 2; Greg Walton, Central Office 4; Cody Sloan, Gore Office 4; Reba Rodgers, Marble City Office 3; Dowen Green, Muldrow Office 4; Jerry Dewayne Brooks, Roland Office 4; and Ken Pack, Vian Office 4.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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Sallisaw Man Arrested and Charged With "Numerous" Counts of Fraud

Dustin Lee Poindexter

A 24-year-old Sallisaw man has been arrested and charged with "numerous" counts of fraud, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane.

Dustin Lee Poindexter was arrested after a lengthy investigation involving 14 victims with a total loss of approximately $12,000.

Reports indicate that on several occasions victims were misled by Poindexter who would persuade them to give him money up front to work on their vehicles and then the work was never performed and the money was never returned.

"Several of these victims were elderly or on a set income. These people were misled into believing they could get their vehicles repaired at a cheaper price," stated Sheriff Lane. "Some of them borrowed money or used grocery money to pay Poindexter. He never fixed their cars so these people are out the money and still have broken down vehicles."

After Poindexter was originally arrested on the first cases reported, several more victims came forward to report that he had committed similar or same crimes against them.

"There are still more victims coming in everyday. Our investigators are still compiling reports and adding them to the cases they've submitted to the District Attorney's Office," added Lane.

Court records show that several people have also filed civil cases against Poindexter and have been awarded money judgments.

Sheriff Lane urges any victims that have not yet come forward to make a report to contact Investigators Gene Wheat or Christian Goode at 918-775-1213.

Poindexter is set for arraignment on Dec. 12.

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Sequoyah County Named StormReady Community

District 1 County Commissioner Ray Watts, from left, District 3 County Commissioner Jim Rogers, Meteorologist Ed Calianese with the National Weather Service Tulsa office, Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford and District 2 County Commissioner Steve Carter pose with the StormReady signs after Sequoyah County was designated a StormReady Community by the National Weather Service.

Sequoyah County has been recognized by the National Weather Service in Tulsa as a StormReady Community.

Ed Calianese with the National Weather Service in Tulsa made the presentation during Monday’s meeting of the Sequoyah County Commissioners. StormReady is a voluntary program developed by the NWS in partnership with the emergency management community to help emergency managers strengthen their local hazardous weather operations.

A StormReady community must have multiple ways to receive severe weather warnings and alert the public to the threat. They must have established a 24-hour warning point and EOC from which emergency response efforts can be coordinated. Communities must also promote the importance of public readiness through education and training and have a formal hazardous weather operations plan that is utilized in disasters.

Calianese said no community is storm proof, but StormReady is designed to help communities save lives and it has proven effect across the country.

“Communities have fewer fatalities and lower property damage if they plan for disasters that potentially threaten them before the disaster occurs,” said Calianese, warning coordination meterorologist of the Tulsa NWS office.

According to NWS statistics, at least 47 tornadoes have occurred in Sequoyah County since 1950. Three of those reached the violent category, including an EF-4 that struck Gans in January of 1957, killing 10 people; and an EF-4 that struck Roland in May 1960, killing five people. Tornadoes have killed 17 people in Sequoyah County since 1950 and have resulted in more than $5 million in property damage.

Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford and other emergency personnel and law enforcement have done an excellent job in preparing the county resulting in the StormReady designation.

“We realize that severe weather is one of the biggest threats to our community, so we work to constantly improve our ability to respond to these threats,” Rutherford said.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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Angela Gray Enters Plea in District Court

Angela Gray inside the Sequoyah County 
Courthouse on Monday for her plea hearing.

Angela Gray of Muldrow appeared in Sequoyah County District Court  on Monday for charges relating to a 2013 ATV crash that left a Muldrow teenager with severe brain trauma.

Gray entered a no-contest plea for Count 1, which was the conspiracy charge, before District Judge Jeff Payton. Counts 2 and 3 -- child endangerment by driving under the influence and selling or furnishing alcoholic beverage to a minor, respectively, – were dismissed by the state as part of the plea deal, according to Michelle Keely, assistant district attorney with the District Attorney Jack Thorp’s District 27 office.

Gray is accused of participating in the ATV crash on Sept. 1, 2013, south of Muldrow, which left Christian Mayberry, 16 at the time, with severe brain trauma. Gray, along with two males who were juveniles at the time of the accident, one of whom is her son, were accused of covering up the crash while Mayberry lay nearby without medical help.

The young men were not mentioned in the plea deal; Keely said they will still face their conspiracy charges. Their next court appearance is Dec. 20.

Sentencing for Angela Gray was deferred to Dec. 20, in order to give the Mayberry family time to prepare their victim impact statements. Mayberry family members, including Christian’s mother, Kim, entered the courtroom as Gray entered her no-contest plea.

“The (Mayberry) family has been completely involved with the negotiations this entire time,” Keely said. “Victim impact statements are a part of the sentencing.”

Thorp told the Mix earlier that the plea deal would not have been offered without the Mayberry family’s consent.

“It is a way to get the case resolved with a finding of guilt,” Thorp said.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Health Department Continues to Offer Flu Vaccines

The Sequoyah County Health Department continues to offer free flu vaccines for all ages.

Kristye Adams, a registered nurse at the county health department, said they still have doses of the vaccine to administer. She said the shots are free; however, those with insurance are asked to bring their insurance card in.

“If the insurance doesn’t pay for it, there will not be a charge,” Adams said.

Adams said it is too early into the flu season for health officials to determine how effective this year’s flu vaccine is. Flu season typically runs from October to March or April, with the peak usually hitting in February.

“We gave 150 to 200 more flu shots this year in October compared to October of last year,” Adams said.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 17 new flu hospitalizations were reported last week, bringing the total to 112 since September. Sequoyah County has only had one influenza-associated hospitalization since September. Four people have died due to flu thus far in the state.

Flu symptoms include fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue.

All persons ages 6 and older are recommended for the annual flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A special vaccine is available for those ages 65 and older, according to Adams.

While the flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu, health officials also urge individuals to practice proper hand washing techniques, to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, to avoid close contact with others who are sick, and to stay home if they are sick, so as not to spread the disease.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Area Parades Planned for Thursday and Saturday

Vian's 40th Annual Parade of Lights will kick off the Christmas Parade season this year tonight at 6 p.m. Hometown Christmas is the theme of this year's parade sponsored by the Vian Lions Club.  Kids can visit with Santa after the parade in the gazebo at Anna Belle Farmer Park.

Although the weather has everyone on alert wondering if Sequoyah County might receive rain, sleet or even snow Saturday the local Christmas parades are currently all scheduled to roll ahead as planned.

Following is a list of local parades planned to wow the kids and carry Santa through the county this Saturday. 

Gore: Christmas Through the Ages is the theme of the annual Gore Christmas Parade which will begin at 11 a.m.

Roland: The annual Roland Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Roland Chamber of Commerce, has the theme Small Town Country Christmas. Lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the parade starts at noon. Lineup will be on a first come, first served basis with pre-registered contestants being given preference. The check station will be located at the Roland High School parking lot. Contestants must be checked in to be considered for the cash prize. Prizes will be awarded in 1st-3rd place in Non-Profit Class, Antique Car Class, and Open Class.

Marble City: Marble City Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. with line up starting at 1 p.m. north of Town. The parade will feature the award winning Sequoyah High School marching band and the Mr and Miss Marble City 2019 Royalty. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be handed out at the historic Citizens State Bank and there will be lots of free candy for the kiddos! Santa will also be present for the event.

Muldrow: The Muldrow Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Muldrow Lions Club, will begin at 5 p.m. at the east end of town and will proceed to the Muldrow City Park entrance.

Sallisaw: The Sallisaw Christmas Parade lineup starts at 5:30 p.m. on Choctaw and the parade begins at 6 p.m. on Cherokee. Make a Joyful Noise! is the theme of this year's parade, sponsored by the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three parade entries in each category. Santa will be sure to make a grand entrance into town as he does each year! Elim Full Gospel and Blue Ribbon Fellowship Church will be giving out hot chocolate and cookies at The Shed during the parade.

Although the parades are all scheduled to proceed as planned some organizers did state that if the weather is severe at the scheduled time a determination to cancel or reschedule could be made then.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Officials Asking Residents to Report Storm Damage

Sequoyah County residents continue to clean up damage sustained by tornadoes that hit the area last Friday night.

The National Weather Service confirmed that two tornadoes, and EF-1 near Webbers Falls and an EF-2 near Blackgum and Lake Tenkiller, did come through our area Friday night causing extensive damage.

Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford said damage reports continue to come in from across the county, from Sallisaw to Muldrow to Nicut.

“It destroyed homes, businesses and it severely damaged homes,” Rutherford said. “That storm went on up into Cherokee County. Snake Creek Marina was pretty well destroyed. 

“And the miraculous thing is that no one was injured,” he added. “That’s amazing, really, with the damage we had.”

One couple was trapped in a storm shelter at a residence, but they were rescued by firefighters and were not injured, Rutherford said.

Rutherford is compiling a damage report from the storm in order to possibly get financial assistance for residents.

“I need to collect, in written form, damage reports for everybody,” Rutherford explained. “We will collect this information and share with the Oklahoma State Emergency Management and FEMA to see if we can help them out with recovery from the incident.”

He asked residents who sustained damage to send their name, address, approximate damage amount, type of damage, as in residential, business or outbuilding/barn, and if residential, whether home is inhabitable or not. The information can be sent to or visit the Sequoyah County Emergency Management Facebook page.

Rutherford said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak and Insurance Commissioner-Elect Glen Mulready plan to tour the Blackgum and Lake Tenkiller areas Tuesday.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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Principal Chief Declares State of Emergency Following Tornadoes

(L-R) Front row: Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Director of Emergency Management Jeremie Fisher and District 5 Tribal Councilor E.O. Smith. Back row: Emergency Management Special Projects Officer Bobbi Jones, Incident Management Team Finance Section Chief Laura Garrett and Emergency Management Planning Section Chief Amy Schultheiss.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker declared a State of Emergency in the Cherokee Nation on Monday after tornadoes damaged homes and property in five Northeast Oklahoma counties. The tribe estimates that at least 822 Cherokee Nation citizens live in the affected area.

Chief Baker signed the proclamation authorizing all appropriate tribal resources and personnel to respond and activating the Cherokee Nation Emergency Operations Center to assess the damage.

The Cherokee Nation will continue assessing the damages and will provide whatever assistance our citizens and neighbors need during this time,” Chief Baker said. “As the damages suffered are substantial and many will have to repair properties and homes, we are thankful that at this time there have been no reports of loss of life due to the severe weather, and appreciate our local storm trackers and news stations for issuing warnings that gave ample amount of time for individuals and families to take necessary precautions during the storm.”

The tornadoes touched down Friday Nov. 30, and left a path of destruction nearly 60 miles long through portions of Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Delaware and Muskogee counties. 

Chief Baker is asking President Trump to declare Cherokee Nation a major disaster area and that federal aid be provided to the tribe to assist in recovery and response efforts.

Cherokee Nation’s Emergency Management-Incident Management Team is asking Cherokee Nation citizens who were impacted by the storm to report their damage by calling 918-207-3871 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by emailing bradley-wagnon@cherokee.orgCherokee citizens should include name, address, contact information, and a description of the damage.

Crews from the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Cherokee Nation EMS and Cherokee Nation Emergency Management-Incident Management Team worked throughout the weekend to coordinate response and recovery efforts in affected counties. 

On Monday, Cherokee Nation Facilities Management and Human Services departments also dispatched personnel and equipment into impacted communities to begin assisting Cherokee citizens with clean up.

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