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.
Emergency officials in Taney County reported that an unknown person was swept away by the strong current in Lake Taneycomo and has not been located.
According to Western Taney County Fire Protection District, firefighters were called to Acacia Club Road at Lowell Street near Hollister to respond to calls from an injured person at about 7:30 a.m. Firefighters said that as they approached the bank, they heard a person calling for help. According to the release, deputies said they then saw the person roll down the embankment and into Lake Taneycomo.