Tommy Stafford Of Roseland, VA Endorses Daniel Jones For Sheriff

This has been a big decision in my life. Many of you in Nelson know this. We’ve spoken in private and in small groups over the past 2 to 3 years. You have become, as I have, concerned about the direction of law enforcement here and the need to become a modern sheriff’s office with genuine transparency. I’m flattered and humbled you came to me and asked that I run. I seriously contemplated running for the past two election cycles and was on the cusp for a serious run this time in November 2019. After careful consideration I’ve decided that time has come and gone from my previous career over two decades ago.
That said, today I wholeheartedly endorse Daniel Jones for Nelson County Sheriff in his run for Sheriff of Nelson County in the November 2019 election. I know a good candidate when I see one. I spent much of my life in the political area and in law enforcement. Daniel is the real deal and a dedicated law enforcement professional. He will be a great Sheriff. With your help he will be the next Sheriff of Nelson County. I talk more about my reasons why in this brief 2 minute video clip. Tommy

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8 Years Ago Today We Said Good-Bye To A Mid-South TV News Legend & Friend

Doug Viar January 2002 uplinking a live sat shot from the truck he owned. I was doing a hit for The Weather Channel during a snowstorm in Nashville, Tennessee.

Every year around April 4th I reflect on what to say about my dear departed friend and TV news mentor, the late Doug Viar. Doug literally dropped dead walking down the steps from his office in Jackson, Tennessee on April 4, 2011. Frankly, knowing Doug as I did, he wouldn’t have wanted to linger in some state of bad health, he’d much rather have gone that way.

You see, Doug also knew something that most news people today have completely forgotten. The story never was about him. You hardly ever saw Doug on the air in front of the camera. Maybe a half dozen times in his entire career spanning more than 3 decades. But folks all across the mid-south knew his voice.


Above, a montage of Doug’s famous sig outs from his news reports from across the mid south.

That’s the voice so many remember, long before Doug was ever on TV they heard it on radio. That’s where my broadcasting career began when Doug was a station manager at a small 1000 watt AM country station back in Northwest Tennessee.

It becomes a tad more difficult with each year that passes to offer up something new that I haven’t said in some post before. The one below summed up a lot of it right after returning from his funeral in Tennessee back in 2011. You can click on the image below to read the full post.

My April 2011 post after funeral services for Doug. Click above on the image to read.

People that I worked with back in TV News, and those that worked with Doug long before me know what a great person he was.

“Back in 1983, I was the Poplar Bluff bureau chief for KFVS TV in Cape Girardeau, Mo. My videographer and I had just returned from covering a weeklong trial in federal court in Little Rock, Arkansas . It was a Friday night. We were exhausted and ready to be home.

We got a call that night that we needed to head toward Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. It seems a federal fugitive who had gunned down two US Marshalls in the Dakotas had surfaced outside of Walnut Ridge. As federal , state and local authorities closed in to arrest him, he shot and killed the local sheriff and a gun battle erupted. The fugitive was killed and news crews from Memphis, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Arkansas and Cape Girardeau, MO were dispatched to get the story.

WREG TV in Memphis sent Doug Viar. KFVS TV sent me. There was a whole lot of waiting around that night at the sheriff’s office waiting for access to the crime scene. While waiting, my videographer and I discussed the fact that neither one of us had a credit card and we had no cash either. We were going to have to sleep in the car and eat after we left the next day, probably around noon. Doug overheard us discussing our plight. He told us he had a room at a local hotel. He said there were two beds. He said he was taking one and we could share the other or sleep on the floor. The next morning he bought us breakfast before we headed out to talk to local folks for the story. Then Doug was gone.

Years later when I was hired by WREG TV I ran into Doug and reminded him of his largesse. He just laughed and said he didn’t remember it. I told I sure did and would never forget it.

Doug was like that. He’d managed to make a lasting impression on someone and didn’t even know or remember what he’d done.”
Joe Larkins – Retired Anchor / Reporter WREG-TV Memphis : April 2019

“As an assignment editor I had the city of Memphis covered. Had contacts with all the law enforcement people in the area but when it came the areas outside of the city I had very few contacts. Oh but when I met Doug Viar the dry spell was over.

I would call Doug …. hey Doug have you heard about this incident in such and such ….. no but I will find out. He knew everybody and their mamma in the outlying areas of Memphis and they knew and respected him. He could find out or knew everything that went on in these areas. The TBI could not find the information he found …. he was just that good.

He schooled me and his good advice help make me one of the most successful assignment editor’s in the area. We were like brother and little sister.

Love and miss you Doug Viar.”
Ethel Sengstacke – Retired Assignment’s Manager – WREG-TV Memphis : April 2019

“One of my best memories of Doug was on a tragic day in Memphis in 1987 … as he and I were covering the triple murders at the Jade East Restaurant. While police weren’t sure about a motive, Doug and I found out that the family also sold jewelry at the restaurant. We played detectives to flush out our “robbery for jewelry by an insider” theory … which police confirmed days later. The suspects … one was a former employee … were eventually caught and all convicted. I believe some remain on Death Row Still. Doug knew his stuff and I was lucky to learn from him!”
Steve Hayslip – Former WREG-TV Anchor & Retired Anchor from WTVF-5 Nashville, TN : April 2019

The years tick by so quickly. Then you turn around and it’s almost been 10 years that someone passed away. Memories are great, but they don’t adequately describe the times we all had with Doug back in those days. He truly was one of a kind.

We all still miss you Doug, and we all pause a bit today to remember you and those great times when you were still here with us.

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Two Years Later : A Fitness Journey : Fat To Fitter

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At my peak I was 190 lbs. Flirting with high blood pressure and markers for pre-diabetes. Today all of it gone. Without any medications. 148 lbs with a BP of 110/68.

Two years ago I made one of the top five most important decisions of my life. I decided to get off my ass and get fit. Not like the dozens of times I’d done and promised before, only to not succeed. But, this time for good.

Here’s my two year anniversary story I shared to my Facebook page a few days ago. Click on it to read the full story!

If I can do it. You can do it!

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Click on the image above to read about my two year anniversary.

 

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Fall Begins – Well For Some – Looking Back So Far

Anyone that knows me knows I love summer. Yes, even when it’s been butt hot and humid like 2018, I love summer. The first of September signals the end of summer mentally to me. Though we have tons of hot weather left, in the meteorological world it’s the technical end of summer. Meteorological fall begins on September 1 each year, though it doesn’t start on the calendar until September 22 of this year.

When I was much younger my friend Burnie and I would travel to his folks family cabin at Kentucky Lake every Labor Day weekend. (That’s a shot of the lake in the header photo up top) Labor Day weekend always signaled the end of the fun season on the water. A time to get things put up and ready for winter. One last time around the lake in the boat or one last lazy afternoon lying on the floating deck in the sun, knowing winter wasn’t too far behind.

One of my best friends in life Burnie on the pier at Kentucky Lake in 1977 as we were getting ready to say so long to summer and shut down there for the winter. That old pier is long gone now replaced with a floating dock. To this day Burnie and I still meet back at the cabin at least once a year for a week, just to reconnect and relax for a few days in the summer.

Labor Day weekend always is a time I reflect on the a big part of the year behind and what little bit is left ahead. This year is no different. I’ve been thinking lots about this past year. The changes, both physical and mental I have made. How I’m tiring of the constant negative drumbeat of Facebook. The constant tit for tat fighting of people in business and political circles. There’s a line in the movie On Golden Pond with the late Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn. Norman, the 80 year old character played by Fonda, (no parallel here to my friend with that last name, to be clear!) has been at odds with his daughter for years. He always seems angry and mad. Inviting death and more or less giving up. His daughter (and real life daughter Jane in the movie) are trying to reestablish a connection. Neither are being very easy about it. Eventually Hepburn asks her daughter, “When do you think you’re going to get around to it? Your dad is 80 with a heart condition.” She’s was right. We often put off telling people how important they are until it’s too late. or conversely, we let others occupy time and space in our brains that shouldn’t. We let them be the things we check off of our lists daily versus our own things we should be checking off the list.

Myself and my great friend Burnie at Kentucky Lake in Tennessee this past May 2018. This was the last picture we had taken before the cabin behind us started undergoing a major renovation that’s completed in late 2018. We always have great visits here. We’ve been coming to this spot since we were teenagers.

Yvette’s got me into listening to podcasts a lot lately. It’s been a good thing. I recently listened to one on The Tim Ferris Show where the founder and CEO of Dropbox, Drew Houston, was interviewed. He’s an engineering type that struck it big. He discussed lots of how he got there and how he manages it all. He’s maybe in his early 30s now. One of the things he did long ago was creating an email box on his computer caller OPP. Other People’s Problems. That’s what happens to us in life often. You realize you’re spending more time on other people’s problems and not your own. Not that we shouldn’t help others and be good to others, but far too often we don’t even do it for ourselves. Our own families. It’s one of the reasons I got very serious about fitness in the past two years. Just exactly how much longer was I going to wait to start?

Like any other Labor Day Weekend of the past, I have been reflecting this year. But I must say many of the changes I am making are positive. I am letting go of lots of baggage, and people, and things that simply are holding me back. That’s been good. It’s been refreshing.

I still am not looking forward to winter. Cold weather and I don’t dance very well, but I also realize spring awaits just on the other side!

Have a great Labor Day holiday everyone!
Tommy

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Thursday : May 24, 2018 : Sunny & Warm : Becerra Lawncare Update

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MID-SOUTH : SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH : (EXPIRED)

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URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 110
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
1230 PM CDT Sun May 20 2018

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

* Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of
Northeast and East Central Arkansas
Extreme Southern Illinois
Extreme Southwest Indiana
Western Kentucky
Southeast Missouri
Northern Mississippi
Western Tennessee

* Effective this Sunday afternoon and evening from 1230 PM until
800 PM CDT.

* Primary threats include…
Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely
Scattered large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible

SUMMARY…Storms are increasing as they move southeastward across
southern Illinois and southeast Missouri into northern Arkansas.
These storms will intensify this afternoon with severe wind gusts
and large hail possible. Other storms will develop in advance of
the boundary over Tennessee and northern Mississippi with a threat
for local damaging winds and hail.

The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 80
statute miles east and west of a line from 30 miles east northeast
of Carbondale IL to 35 miles southwest of Oxford MS. For a complete
depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update
(WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are
favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening
weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible
warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce
tornadoes.

 

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WS 110
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1230 PM CDT SUN MAY 20 2018

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 110 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM CDT
FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

ARC021-031-035-037-055-075-077-093-107-111-121-123-210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

AR
. ARKANSAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

CLAY CRAIGHEAD CRITTENDEN
CROSS GREENE LAWRENCE
LEE MISSISSIPPI PHILLIPS
POINSETT RANDOLPH ST. FRANCIS

 

ILC003-055-059-065-069-077-087-127-145-151-153-165-181-193-199-
210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

IL
. ILLINOIS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ALEXANDER FRANKLIN GALLATIN
HAMILTON HARDIN JACKSON
JOHNSON MASSAC PERRY
POPE PULASKI SALINE
UNION WHITE WILLIAMSON

 

INC129-163-173-210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

IN
. INDIANA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

POSEY VANDERBURGH WARRICK

 

KYC007-033-035-039-055-075-083-101-105-107-139-143-145-157-221-
225-233-210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

KY
. KENTUCKY COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BALLARD CALDWELL CALLOWAY
CARLISLE CRITTENDEN FULTON
GRAVES HENDERSON HICKMAN
HOPKINS LIVINGSTON LYON
MARSHALL MCCRACKEN TRIGG
UNION WEBSTER

 

MOC023-031-069-133-143-155-201-207-210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

MO
. MISSOURI COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BUTLER CAPE GIRARDEAU DUNKLIN
MISSISSIPPI NEW MADRID PEMISCOT
SCOTT STODDARD

 

MSC003-009-013-017-027-033-057-071-081-093-095-107-115-117-119-
135-137-139-141-143-145-161-210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

MS
. MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ALCORN BENTON CALHOUN
CHICKASAW COAHOMA DESOTO
ITAWAMBA LAFAYETTE LEE
MARSHALL MONROE PANOLA
PONTOTOC PRENTISS QUITMAN
TALLAHATCHIE TATE TIPPAH
TISHOMINGO TUNICA UNION
YALOBUSHA

 

TNC005-017-023-033-039-045-047-053-069-071-075-077-079-095-097-
109-113-131-157-167-183-210100-
/O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0110.180520T1730Z-180521T0100Z/

TN
. TENNESSEE COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BENTON CARROLL CHESTER
CROCKETT DECATUR DYER
FAYETTE GIBSON HARDEMAN
HARDIN HAYWOOD HENDERSON
HENRY LAKE LAUDERDALE
MADISON MCNAIRY OBION
SHELBY TIPTON WEAKLEY

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Mid-South : Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 8 PM CDT This Evening

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The Storm Prediction Center has issued a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH for much of the Mid-South until 8 PM CDT this Saturday evening.

 

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URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

   Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 107

   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK

   135 PM CDT Sat May 19 2018

   The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

   * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of 

     Northeast Arkansas

     Western Kentucky

     South Central and Southeast Missouri

     West Tennessee

   * Effective this Saturday afternoon and evening from 135 PM until

     800 PM CDT.

   * Primary threats include…

     Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible

     Scattered large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible

   SUMMARY…Several clusters of strong to severe storms over southern

   Missouri are expected to move toward the southeast this afternoon,

   with additional storms continuing over west Tennessee.  Stronger

   storms will produce strong wind gusts and large hail.

   The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 45

   statute miles north and south of a line from 40 miles west northwest

   of West Plains MO to 35 miles north northeast of Jackson TN. For a

   complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline

   update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU7).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

   REMEMBER…A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are

   favorable for severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

   Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening

   weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible

   warnings. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce

   tornadoes.

 

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   BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WS 107

   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK

   135 PM CDT SAT MAY 19 2018

   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 107 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM CDT

   FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

   ARC021-055-093-121-200100-

   /O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0107.180519T1835Z-180520T0100Z/

   AR 

   .    ARKANSAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

   CLAY                 GREENE              MISSISSIPPI         

   RANDOLPH             

   KYC039-075-083-105-200100-

   /O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0107.180519T1835Z-180520T0100Z/

   KY 

   .    KENTUCKY COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

   CARLISLE             FULTON              GRAVES              

   HICKMAN              

   MOC023-035-065-067-069-091-133-143-149-153-155-181-201-203-207-

   215-223-229-200100-

   /O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0107.180519T1835Z-180520T0100Z/

   MO 

   .    MISSOURI COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

   BUTLER               CARTER              DENT                

   DOUGLAS              DUNKLIN             HOWELL              

   MISSISSIPPI          NEW MADRID          OREGON              

   OZARK                PEMISCOT            RIPLEY              

   SCOTT                SHANNON             STODDARD            

   TEXAS                WAYNE               WRIGHT              

   TNC033-045-053-075-095-097-113-131-167-183-200100-

   /O.NEW.KWNS.SV.A.0107.180519T1835Z-180520T0100Z/

   TN 

   .    TENNESSEE COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

   CROCKETT             DYER                GIBSON              

   HAYWOOD              LAKE                LAUDERDALE          

   MADISON              OBION               TIPTON              

   WEAKLEY              

   ATTN…WFO…MEG…SGF…PAH…

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