HATTIESBURG, MS - Brett Favre might be out of the football limelight, but he's still an important figure in his Mississippi hometown as it continues recovering from devastating tornado damage.
Live from Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss., Favre joined "NFL AM" on Monday morning to discuss how he's helping the Oak Grove, Miss., area get back on track following a twister on Feb. 10. Significant property damage and widespread power outages ensued, though no deaths were reported.
"I know the silver lining in this is that no one was killed," Favre said. "Growing up on the Gulf Coast and near New Orleans, Mardi Gras was always a big deal, but in this case, I have to laugh because Southern Miss was out for Mardi Gras holiday, and ... several dorms were completely destroyed, but no one was there. They were either in New Orleans or home for Mardi Gras."
Doing his part in the area's community-wide rebuilding project, Favre said it will be a long road ahead for his hometown, but he's confident that the effected residents of southeastern Mississippi eventually will regain a sense of normalcy in their lives.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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