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Dyersburg and Dyer County schools closed, State Gazette text alert service used

Monday, December 15, 2008

With the sudden change in the weather and the prediction of an ice storm for the area, Dyersburg and Dyer County schools were closed today. Parents and children that had signed up for the State Gazette text alert service were notified of the closings at 6:15 a.m. Most other people did not receive notice from the school's automated calling system until 7:00 a.m.

You can still sign up for State Gazette text alerts for school closings, weather advisories, daily weather forecasts, game cancellations and a list of other categories.

Click on the text alerts link on the front page and sign-up.

The service is free and can be sent to both your cell phone and e-mail.

"We are working closely with city and county officials to provide this free service," said State Gazette Sports Editor Mike Smith. "This was the first time we used the system for school closings, and it went out to all our text alert subscribers before many received the automated call from the school system. It worked the way it should allowing subscribers to know early in the morning before they begin preparing to leave for school."

The temperature has dropped more than 30 degrees from yesterday's high and the rain/ice mixture is moving into the area. A winter storm warning is currently in effect for Dyer County with the temperature continuing to drop as the day continues, so sign up for the text alerts and stay abreast of developing situations.

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I signed up for it and I didn't get my school closing text. I got the weather warning one, but not the school closing one.

-- Posted by justme30 on Mon, Dec 15, 2008, at 3:08 PM

AT least to get this, you have to sign up for it and not like the city calling everyphon to a weather alert.The paper is doing a good job.

-- Posted by jscott on Mon, Dec 15, 2008, at 4:09 PM

I didn't get the school closing alert either. Just the weather warning.

-- Posted by maham55 on Mon, Dec 15, 2008, at 7:42 PM

the school needs to update their system , because alot of people didnt receive calls from the school system , but got the one from the paper. we signed up for the papers alert system today

-- Posted by pattycakes539 on Mon, Dec 15, 2008, at 9:19 PM

Will school be open tomorrow (16th)?

-- Posted by grasshopper46 on Mon, Dec 15, 2008, at 9:47 PM

I just received a phone call. There will be NO SCHOOL tomorrow.

-- Posted by youknowimright on Mon, Dec 15, 2008, at 10:38 PM

If you are in the City School system and didn't receive a call, you might verify your contact information with the front office of your school. The call info is pulled from the school database which is built using information provided by parents.

-- Posted by I_teach on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 3:17 AM

I signed up.

Does the State Gazette share or sell the cell phone info, or is this kept private? I could not find a policy stating anything regarding the use of private information.

-- Posted by sswilliams37 on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 9:15 AM

I love this system! My sister works at Finley and I called her to tell her about my text saying the schools were closed yesterday - she had not even heard from the school yet. It's a great feature the paper is offering! Keep up the good work!!!!

-- Posted by toot1192 on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 9:57 AM

This is the best thing yet, I think everyone should sign up for this.

-- Posted by mommaroo2008 on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 11:32 PM

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