Bomb threats becoming all too familiar
by Ron Harris
Aug 09, 2013 | 735 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ron Harris
Ron Harris
Just a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to see our first responders in action when a bomb threat was called in to Walker County E-911 claiming a bomb had been placed inside Walker Baptist Medical Center.

Now, a similar threat has been called in saying a bomb had been put in the local Marshall Durbin plant.

And our first responders were out in force to ensure the folks who work at Marshall Durbin were OK.

It’s impossible to understand why someone would call in a bomb threat, other than maybe someone just wanting a little attention or being a bit peeved at their employers, or, in the case at Walker Baptist, as a ruse to draw attention away from other parts of the county.

What I do know is that the person responsible for Thursday’s bomb threat not only created a chaotic scene that led to more than 200 people missing a couple hours of work, but it also led to our local police, firefighters and other first responders being tied up when they probably were needed elsewhere. I imagine it also cost Marshall Durbin a lot of money while the business wasn’t operating.

As with the bomb threat at Walker Baptist, I hope the person who called in this threat is taken into custody and jailed.

And I hope we don’t see people making bomb threats a growing trend in the county.


I’m certainly no public speaker, but I was asked to speak to the fine folks at the Kiwanis Club of Jasper earlier this week.

Although I was somewhat nervous, I think it went off pretty well, even though I forgot most of what I was going to tell them about my time at the Eagle and what my role as managing editor is.

Still, it was fun and I look forward to going back each week to spend time with the Kiwanis Club.

Ron Harris is managing editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at (205) 221-2840 or by email at