Sheriff Jimmie Russell is a familiar face in Taney County, and has been for almost 50 years. He was raised on his family’s farm near Taneyville, MO — very close to where he and his wife Della, raised their family of three. All their children plus four grandchildren still live in Taney County and enjoy camping, fishing and all the joys of family life in beautiful southwest Missouri.Sheriff Russell’s career in public service and safety began in 1982 as a paramedic for Taney County Ambulance. From there he joined the Branson Police Department in 1985 where he rose to the rank of Patrol Sergeant before leaving in 1992 to become a Deputy Sheriff for Taney County. In 2000, the voters selected Russell as their Sheriff, a position he has proudly held ever since.Sheriff Russell has served the public continuously in a variety of roles with a wide range of responsibilities through the years.
A collection of images from the James River between Delaware Town and Hootentown. Produced by James River Basin Partnership
Westboro Baptist Church Plans Protest in Joplin.
Church members plan to protest when President Obama visits tornado victims.
The controversial Westboro Baptist Church is planning to protest President Obama‘s visit to Joplin, Missouri Sunday. On its website, the church writes, “Thank God for 125 dead in Joplin.” Church members claim Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has attacked them by promoting laws banning them from protesting at soldiers’ funerals.
President Obama is planning to visit the tornado-ravaged city this Sunday. A memorial is also planned that day for the 125 people who lost their lives in the tornado.
Witness the depths of destruction in Joplin, Mo., with this high-resolution aerial photo.
Written by Cliff Sain – News-Leader
A man who was swept away after falling into Lake Taneycomo is still missing according to an emergency official.
“He is still unaccounted for,” said Western Taney County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bruce Bjorne. “We have no reason to believe the individual came out of the water on his own.”
According to Western Taney County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bruce Bjorne, the unidentified man was trapped on a steep embankment above the lake just off Acacia Club Road and Lowell Road, near Hollister and just upstream from College of the Ozarks, before he went into the water.
Bjorne said firefighters were called at about 7:30 a.m. to assist Taney County deputies in retrieving the person who was apparently calling out that he was injured.
Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell said they were called to the scene by a resident.
He said the homeowner discovered the man inside the homeowner’s car.
“He took off when he was seen and he went over the embankment,” Russell said.
The entire embankment rises about 200 feet above Lake Taneycomo, Bjorne said. It was not clear how far down the embankment the man was when firefighters arrived to assist.
JOPLIN, Mo. — An EF-5 tornado struck St. John’s Regional Medical Center Sunday, heavily damaging the hospital. Wednesday Mercy officials pledged to rebuild in Joplin and provide continued employment to the 2,800 Mercy workers there. Photos