Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 27, 2014

Monitor Photo/Susan Harrison Bella Maison Michael Earnheart (center left) and Ruth van der Plas (center right) draw door prize winner names Feb. 18. Hoping to win (far right) are Mike Moore and Jack Harrison.

Monitor Photo/Susan Harrison
Bella Maison Michael Earnheart (center left) and Ruth van der Plas (center right) draw door prize winner names Feb. 18. Hoping to win (far right) are Mike Moore and Jack Harrison.

Delicious food and service give-a-ways

Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Bella Maison Carpet Cleaning & Emergency Water Restoration hosted a Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours function for members Feb. 18 at their 141 Dunaway Avenue, Gun Barrel City location. They also have a Canton location.
Bella Maison’s 24 hour emergency water extraction is IICRC certified.
In addition to serving the entire Cedar Creek Lake and Athens areas, Bella Maison serves Canton, Van Zandt County and Dallas areas too. Many lake homeowners have a home or business in the Dallas area and are customers of Bella Maison.
Members were able to tour Bella Maison’s fleet of service vans equipped with the latest and most powerful machinery to clean tile, grout, carpet, flooding, stains and a list of other unwanted items on customer’s furniture, floors and walls.
Owners and technicians Jacques and Ruth van der Plas along with their knowledgeable and capable staff members explained their new equipment and processes to guests.
Jacques is especially proud of their scientifically designed equipment used to treat and extract pet urine and odors from area rugs, carpets and upholstery.
“Many lake area residents are pet owners and need our services to make their homes odor-free from any accidents their pets may have had inside their homes,” Jacques said.
Members and guests were treated to an array of tasty fingers foods and beverages while networking.
Door prizes were received by many and ranged from Scotchgard for the entire home to auto upholstery cleaning to tile and grout cleaning.
To learn more about Bella Maison’s expert services, call (903) 887-0197 or go to www.Bella-Maisonservices.com.
More photos from this event can be found in the Sunday, March 2, 2014 issue of The Monitor.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 20, 2014

William Scott Tanksley

William Scott Tanksley

Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–An online petition is underway to rename the Kemp High School Baseball Field in remembrance of Scott Tanksley. To sign it, go to www.ipetitions.com/petition/Scott-Tanksley-Field. Tanklsey’s classmates hope to gather 5,000 signatures.
Dallas Fire and Rescue Officer Scott Tanksley tragically lost his life in the line of duty on Feb. 10, 2014 while operating on an icy overpass in Dallas.
Tanksley was a 14-year veteran of the Dallas Fire Department. He leaves behind a wife and three minor children. Scott grew up in Kemp playing baseball and went on to play professionally.
After a brief professional baseball career, he went back to a quiet life in his rural hometown of Kemp, joined Dallas Fire-Rescue and started a family.
Tanksley coached his son in Little League. His son and daughter attend Kemp ISD schools, where Tanksley’s mother and his wife, Wendi, used to work.
The couple would have celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : February 13, 2014

Courtesy Photo William Scott Tanksley

Courtesy Photo
William Scott Tanksley

Dallas firefighter Scott Tanksley hit by second skidding vehicle

Monitor Staff Reports
DALLAS–As Cedar Creek Lake area residents woke up Tuesday morning, they were shocked to learn the Dallas firefighter that fell to his death Monday night was a beloved Kemp resident.
William Scott Tanksley, 40, known as Scott, was a popular hometown boy, husband and a father actively involved in the raising of his three children.
Monday night as the drizzle turned to ice on bridges and overpasses in the Dallas area, Tanksley, a 14-year Dallas Fire-Rescue veteran assigned to Station 12, was assisting with a motor vehicle crash at 6300 Patriot Parkway (Spur 408), which is the bridge over Interstate 20 in southwest Dallas close to Duncanville.
WFAA-TV reported that a driver heading south on Patriot Parkway lost traction as a result of unsafe speed and had come to a stop on the shoulder of the iced over bridge. While Tanksley was assisting with the accident about 8 p.m., a four-door 2009 maroon Dodge struck another vehicle and then hit Tanksley, knocking him 56 feet over the west side of the bridge landing on the eastbound I-20 ramp below.
A witness reported that Tanksley was in his uniform, not wearing a helmet, face down and unresponsive.
Dallas News reports stated Tanksley was transported by ambulance, since it was too dangerous to bring in a helicopter, to Methodist Dallas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead as a result of blunt force trauma injuries sustained in the crash.
A Facebook page Remembering Firefighter Scott Tanksley DFD Last Alarm 2/10/14 has been set up for those wishing to express their sympathies and share memories.
Condolences from other fire departments and law enforcement agencies immediately poured in.
Many men in the area remember playing ball with Tanksley while he attended Kemp High School. Baseball-reference.com indicates he also attended Mississippi State University from 1993-95 on a baseball scholarship as a pitcher and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 42nd round of the 1992 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft and by the Minnesota Twins in the 22nd round of the 1995 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft. A Facebook post states he is the Mississippi State University season saves record holder at 13 games.
Kemp High School graduate Gil Beleele, who played baseball with Tanksley, commented on Facebook that his left thumb will never be the same.
“It was broken (thumb) two years in a row catching for him,” Beleele wrote.
“He tried to be perfect and expected it from you.”
Beleele remembers Tanksley as the best hitter on the team; calling him, “Tank.”
James Hall has organized a bench press competition with all proceeds going to Tanksley’s family. The event will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Complete Fitness Gym at104 Paschall Rd. in Mabank. The entry fee is $25 with prizes for the winners.
Paul Guttuso, M.D. in Mabank posted on Facebook, “as our community grieves the loss of a young father, please embrace your children.”
Guttuso suggests that parents ask their children how they feel about the news, if they know Tanksley’s children or a friend and suggests discussing how they can show their love and support.
The United States flag has been lowered to half-mast at Tanksley’s fire station, located at 7520 West Wheatland Road in Dallas, in tribute to his passing.