Contact: Jimmy Williams
New Waverly Fire Department
New Waverly Firefighters Tackle Unusual Fire on Interstate
Wind Turbine Nacelle catches fire Thursday afternoon, snarling traffic on I-45
New Waverly, Tx June 10th, 2021
A large component that houses the generating system for wind turbines caught fire on I-45 after a mechanical failure on the 18 wheeler transporting it sparked a fire. Multiple crews from the New Waverly Fire Department responded immediately, requesting an additional crew from the North Montgomery County Fire Department. The first arriving New Waverly Engines were able to bring the fire under control within a few minutes but not before the truck’s trailer and the turbine nacelle received significant damage.
Northbound traffic on I-45 came to a standstill as crews finished extinguishing the fire and and the resulting back up had many drivers exiting the freeway and traveling on Hwy 75 to make their way north. After approximately 45 minutes, emergency personnel were able to clear the scene and get traffic flowing again, but the damaged trailer will remain on the shoulder until it can be removed by clean-up crews.
An Engine from the Huntsville Fire Department responded to New Waverly to cover the area while the New Waverly crews were tied up on the freeway. There were no reported injuries.
The Walker County Hospital District Board of Managers met in closed session Thursday afternoon to discuss the possible sale of the former Ella Smither Geriatric Hospital property to the City of Huntsville.
Following the close of their meeting, Board Chairman Anne Woodard told us . . . .
The City is interested in the property as a possible site for a new City Hall.
On Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee on oversight of the bureau. He talked about the myriad issues of the increase in violence against everyday citizens, the attack on the Capitol building and the threat against legislators, and the damage and violence in Portland and other cities. The bureau, which he is the head of, implemented a large number of investigations into all of the violent confrontations in the U-S this past year, resulting in a high number of arrests.
He also pointed out how dangerous it is to be a member of law enforcement . . . .
FBI Director Wray suggested “serious charges” are still ahead in the criminal investigation of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Our public affairs Around Town program guest was the City’s Economic Development Director, Tammy Gann
We asked her, “How do businesses interested in finding out about Huntsville’s demographics, schools, and infrastructure get information?” . . . .
Sam Houston State University division of Student Affairs has been recognized for demonstrating a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.
The June 10 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine has named SHSU as one of the “2021 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.” Out of 30 intuitions, SHSU is the only Texas university to be included on the national magazine’s list.
With a focus on workplace diversity, staffing practices and work environment, selection was based on a web-based survey approach to examine categories such as family friendliness, salary, benefits and professional development opportunities.
The Walker County Office of Emergency Management passes along that as of Thursday, June 10, yesterday that DSHS reports that there were 22 total active cases of Coronavirus and 131 total fatalities due to Coronavirus in the county. There were two new community cases since June 9th.
Curative testing kiosks are located at 125 Medical Park Lane. All testing is by appointment only through Curative.com daily from 8 AM until 5 PM. To find additional COVID-19 Test Sites, go to Curative.com.
Following a public affairs interview, we’ve been passing along Huntsville’s Economic Development Director Tammy Gann’s comments on our city’s development and growth.
One of the questions we asked here was, “What are the reasons for Huntsville’s growth?” . . . .
The Senate has passed legislation to enhance science and technology research for the U-S to compete better with China. The bill passed by a vote of 68-32.
Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker commented in regard to the bill . . . .
The bill is designed to bolster America’s competitive edge by investing billions of dollars in scientific and technological innovations.
It heads to the House where it faces a competing bill.
Long term Walker County resident, Clyde Loll, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Walker County Judge in 2022. With three decades of experience in the Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Management field, Loll currently serves as Chief compliance and Sustainability Officer of BuffWater, LLC, a holding company for Gulf Marine Contractors, LLC and CrossDock Supply, where he serves as their VP of QHSE.
The Huntsville Item has reported the City’s hiring of a new City Secretary. She is Kristy Doll, formerly the City Clerk in Rifle, Colorado.