More than 50 people from the Lee’s Summit Police Department and the wider community were honored for their actions in 2017 on Feb. 13 during the annual Lee’s Summit Police Department awards ceremony.
The highlight of the event was Martha Zamarripa winning the Civilian Employee of the Year and Det. Michael Reese winning the Officer of the Year awards.
Zamarripa is a three-year veteran of LSPD and serves as an Administrative Assistant in the Patrol Division.
Reese is an 11-year veteran of the LSPD and serves in the Criminal Investigations Division.
MCC-Longview president Georgia-bound
Metropolitan Community College-Longview Campus President Dr. Kirk Nooks will become president of Gordon State College in Barnesville, Ga.
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents made the announcement Feb. 13. Nooks has served as MCC-Longview’s president of the since July 2013, but he’ll start his new position June 1.
MCC Chancellor Kimberly Beatty said in a message to employees that Nooks “has served MCC and the MCC-Longview campus well for the past five years, bringing many innovations and advancements to fruition,” citing the continued growth of the Missouri Innovation Campus, an early college collaboration with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and the University of Central Missouri, as an example.
“Serving as the president of MCC-Longview has been one of the highlights of my career,” Nooks said in an email to the campus community. “We accomplished a great deal together and will continue to do so over our remaining months together.”
Nooks has family in Georgia, which he indicated was a driving force behind the decision. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and an MBA in marketing, and also earned a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Fire temporarily closes Grains & Taps
A fire in an exhaust fan, which ignited insulation around the fan, has caused a downtown business to close temporarily.
The Lee’s Summit Fire Department responded to a call at 11:26 a.m. Monday at Grain & Taps, 10 S.W. 3rd St. An exhaust fan in the craft brewery and home-brewing supply store caught fire overnight.
The exhaust fan had been disassembled and Grains & Tap staff thought the fire was out, but smoke continued to billow lightly from the attic.
When fire crews arrived at the one-story commercial building and pulled the ceiling in the bathroom, the smoldering insulation was discovered around the fan. The material was removed and extinguished.
The fire, which was declared under control at 12:20 p.m. had not spread to an adjacent building and the smoke dissipated.
However, several structural pieces of wood in the attic sustained damage and a large section of the ceiling in the back of the business was removed to ensure the fire was extinguished.
The interior of Grain & Taps sustained minor smoke damage and the scene was turned over to the business owner and the Jackson County Health Department.
Reached by phone, staff at Grain & Taps, which opened in 2013, confirmed that the business is closed, but they hope to reopen by the weekend after making repairs.